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Larry Donnell, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

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JULY 29, 2014 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
Shortly after a practice earlier this week, Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin summed up the team’s offensive progression in one quick and simple, but incredibly effective, cliche.

“Two steps forward,” Coughlin said, “one step back.”

At Tuesday’s practice, the final one before receiving a day off on Wednesday, nothing could prove more true.

The offense moved up-and-down the field, Larry Donnell caught a pair of touchdowns and the line opened holes and kept defenders off of Manning’s back. Then came the step back. Running back David Wilson and his surgically-repaired neck walked off the field with a trainer. Coughlin confirmed after practice it was a ‘burner.’

While the team awaits additional news on Wilson, BigBlueInteractive.com has your complete practice report.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

Rueben Randle did not practice today – Photo by Connor Hughes

SETTING THE STAGE…
A few more players missed practice than the usual amount. Travis Howard, Trindon Holliday, Rueben Randle,Ross Weaver and Everett Dawkins all watched from the side. Odell Beckham Jr. fielded punts and caught balls from the jugs machine. Coughlin spoke after practice and said Randle had a hamstring issue and Holliday a knee. It didn’t sound serious.

SPECIAL TEAMS…
As always, the Giants opened up their practice with special teams. Yesterday the team practiced kickoff coverage and kick returns, today it was punt coverage and punt returns.

  • With Rueben Randle and Trindon Holliday sidelined, it was Odell Beckham Jr. (just catching), David Wilson, Jerrel Jernigan and Victor Cruz fielding punts. Not the best day for Jernigan, he muffed two. Charles James II got a few looks, too.
  • Not terribly sure the team would run it in a game, but Quintin Demps got two fake direct snaps sent his way. He took both around the edge. One to the right, one to the left.
  • Brandon McManus did a bit of punting his junior and senior year at Temple and he took a few snaps for the Giants’ today. Most of it was just to spell Steve Weatherford as the team practiced coverage drills.
  • Another Marcus Harris sighting. This time, the wideout ran down as a gunner and downed the ball inside the 5-yard line.
  • By my count, I had Josh Brown going 4-for-4 in practice today. McManus will get a chance to kick on Thursday.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT…
I am trying something a little new today as we asked you, the fans, a particular player you wanted to have spotlighted during the individual portion of practice. By a slim margin, Will Beatty pulled away from Jason Pierre-Paul. (I checked just before walking out to observe practice).

Originally when camp started, reporters were allowed to walk all over the field. That seems to have changed as we’re now positioned in one spot on one field for most of the day. The offense walked to the other side of the field as we were stationed with the defense. Either way, I did my best to observe Beatty. He’s easy to find with his uniform.

  • Will Beatty, New York Giants (August 10, 2013)

    Will Beatty – © USA TODAY Sports Images

    If Beatty still feels pain in his leg, he hides it well. The Giants’ left tackle ran a drill where they were required to dead sprint after the running back got a handoff. Beatty moved very well. No sign of a limp on him.

  • Working with a teammate holding a bag, Beatty’s speed in extending his arms is really something to watch. That initial punch given to the bag creates quite the collision and actually knocked his bag-holder back a half step.
  • The first couple of steps Beatty takes are also pretty impressive. He has very, very quick feet for a guy of his size and can take three steps in the space some would take one.
  • In a drill where the linemen were required to get to the second level, Beatty beat nearly all linemen getting to the linebackers. He really isn’t your traditional big, blubbery lineman. The guy has some speed and is very athletic.

TWO MINUTE DRILL…
As is the case every practice, the Giants run two sets of “11-on-11″ where the offense goes up against the defense. Coughlin will vary what teams match up with each other. Either way, you’ll find highlights from both portions here, including the ‘Play of Practice.’ Overall, it was a pretty good showing from the offense. Much, much better than yesterday.

  • The first-team offense saw a few new faces getting the initial snaps. Adrien Robinson was the first tight end and Andre Williams was the first running back. Also, with Rueben Randle out, Mario Manningham filled in opposite Jerrel Jernigan with Victor Cruz in the slot.
  • Little bit of a different pattern, Peyton Hillis ran an out-route about 10 yards down the field and Eli Manning hit him.
  • Another variation of the ‘NASCAR’ package for the Giants. Robert Ayers and Mathias Kiwanuka (roaming/stand up) manned the outside with Cullen Jenkins and Jason Pierre-Paul in the middle.
  • Larry Donnell had his best practice of the summer by my count. The highlight? This one-handed grab on a fade route from Eli. Out of pure luck, I got it on tape. Going forward, BBI is going to try to shoot some more video and have it linked up with our Instagram account (@BigBlueInteractive). Be sure to give it a follow. (Side note: Thank you to Inside Football intern Emily Iannaconi for the help posting this).

  • John Conner had one of the bigger hits of camp, smacking Kerry Wynn (via Newsday’s Tom Rock. I was still trying to find a way to share the Donnell video). Also, Eric Herman had his first pancake of camp as he got Kelcy Quarles pretty good.
  • Really, really nice blocking by the offensive line on an Eli Manning pass attempt. Manning had about seven seconds to throw and a perfectly-developed pocket. The issue? No one was open. Manning eventually rolled out and hit Donnell in the flat.
  • In Rueben Randle’s absence, Jerrel Jernigan had another nice practice. He beat Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie twice on in-routes.
  • John Jerry got some work with the first team at guard for Brandon Mosley. Mosley took the majority of snaps, but I saw Jerry get a few.
  • Maybe he was offsides, maybe he wasn’t, but Jason Pierre-Paul got an incredible jump on an Eli Manning pass. Would-be sack for JPP there as long as no flags were thrown.
  • A few fans had asked about trickery, so here you go. For the first time since I remember Jeremy Shockey attempting a pass versus the Philadelphia Eagles, someone other than the quarterback threw the ball. Ryan Nassib tossed it to Peyton Hillis, who then pulled up and lofted one down the field in the direction of Larry Donnell. The halfback pass fell incomplete, but was still fun to see. Looks like offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo does have a few tricks up his sleeve.
  • Kellen Davis caught a touchdown from Curtis Painter, but Painter’s success was short lived. On his next pass, he was pick-sixed by Trumaine McBride. McBride was escorted to the endzone by Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III and Stevie Brown. Interesting, Peyton Hillis ran with McBride to all the way to the endzone. Nice hustle from the running back.
Mario Manningham, New York Giants (June 18,2014)

Mario Manningham – © USA TODAY Sports Images

SEVEN-ON-SEVEN…
Not much going on here. Few catches, few deflections. It was tough to see as the Giants created a wall blocking a lot portion of our view. Here are the highlights:

  • Larry Donnell caught his second touchdown of the practice when he found himself wide open on a corner route. Tom Coughlin has talked extensively about wanting someone, anyone, to step up at the position. Looks like Donnell has heard his call.
  • Another tight end flashed, Adrien Robinson. On an out-route, Robinson lunged forward and made a nice hands grab beating Jayron Hosley.
  • David Wilson, the last play I saw him in before he walked off the field, fumbled on a swing route. From what I saw, Wilson looked to catch the ball and then attempt to tip-toe down the sideline. As he reached forward for more yards, he just basically dropped the ball. Some said they saw Spencer Adkins punch it out, but I saw him drop it. Either way, it was a fumble.
  • Eli Manning hit Mario Manningham for a touchdown on a slant route. Manningham has looked good these last two days.
  • Another flash from Marcus Harris. He beat Prince Amukamara for a touchdown on an out-route near the goal line.

RANDOM OBSERVATION…
Charles James II really is a character. After practice, the defensive backs all huddled around doing a chant as James danced away in the middle of them all. The group concluded with a “DB’s” bellow before all simultaneously sliding out.

The Giants will have off tomorrow before returning to practice again on Thursday and Friday. The team plays its first preseason game on Sunday.

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David Wilson, New York Giants (July 27, 2013)

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Updated July 29, 6:27pm 

David Wilson, New York’s first-round pick in 2012 who recently returned to practice after undergoing neck surgery in January, left Tuesday’s training camp practice with a neck burner.

Wilson was injured when he caught a shovel pass from quarterback Curtis Painter, turned upfield and ran – with his head down – into guard Eric Herman. When players separated, Mark Herzlich had recovered a fumble and athletic trainers were running to Wilson’s side.

Wilson has been taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery to undergo a number of tests.

“We’ll hear what (the doctors) have to say first,” Coughlin said. “We were all praying that (his neck) would not be an issue and he’d be able to come back and go to work and do what…he was cleared.

“We’ll see. We’ll see. I’m not going to speculate on what it is. We’ll see what the doctors say.”

According to WebMD, a burner, or stinger, is a nerve injury resulting from trauma to the neck or shoulder area. The severity of said injury cannot not be known until further examination from a doctor.

Last year, Giants’ linebacker Dan Connor suffered a ‘stinger’ versus the Cowboys, but returned the same season to play for the Carolina Panthers. Wilson suffered a ‘stinger’ several weeks later versus the Eagles, missed the entire season and needed offseason surgery to fuse his vertebrae.

Wilson worked religiously to return from the injury that had quickly put his career in doubt. He missed the team’s entire offseason conditioning program before gaining medical clearance on July 21, the day the New York reported for training camp.

“I’m definitely excited,” Wilson said the day he got medical clearance. “I got cleared this morning around 9:00. That was the best news I’d gotten in awhile… The doctor told me I’m good to go. He said to have a good season and stay healthy.”

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New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

LIVE UPDATES: July 29, 2014 New York Giants Training Camp

Welcome to the sixth ‘Live Update Blog for the 2014′ New York Giants’ training camp. For Tuesday’s (July 29) practice, you won’t need to go anywhere else to find everything you need to know regarding Big Blue!

In the past, your source for breaking news and live updates from practice was featured in a Corner Forum post. While the news eventually got there, there was a delay and some was lost between the transfer of copying tweets and posting over to the forum. Not to mention…it was an awful lot of work.

Not anymore.

Below you will find LIVE tweets as they happen. Don’t have a twitter? Don’t worry! They’ll still show up below for you as soon as they are sent out.

BigBlueInteractive.com knows you love the Corner Forum and being able to interact with your fellow Giants’ fans as practice takes place. We want to make that as easy possible for you. Instead of having to keep two windows open (this page and The Corner Forum page), we will open the comment section of this post throughout the duration of practice.

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Interact with fans just as you always have in the comment section, with the tweet-bar directly above. You’ll have your live updates and your interaction all in one place. We hope you enjoy!

Today’s Schedule:

  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Players Interviews
  • 1:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Practice
  • After Practice – Tom Coughlin available on field
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Travis Harvey, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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In case you missed it, other articles from BBI today:

July 28, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), and TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring) did not practice on Monday. Beckham and Grimble were not in attendance at practice as they were undergoing further medical tests.

“They were in treatment and went over to the doctor,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

July 28, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

July 28, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 things we found out during media hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on New York Giants Training Camp: Giants: Before first full-padded practice, veterans hope for safe summer by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on WR Odell Beckham and CB Prince Amukamara: Prince Amukamara can relate to injured NY Giants rookie Odell Beckham Jr. by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on the New York Giants Tight Ends: Giants’ TE situation not getting any clearer by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on LT Will Beatty: Giants practice spotlight: Will Beatty has up and down day; leg still an issue? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on DE Robert Ayers:

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Mark Asper, Buffalo Bills (November 17, 2013)

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Giants Claim Mark Asper Off Waivers: The New York Giants claimed Mark Asper off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills on Monday. To make room for Asper, the Giants waived offensive tackle DeMarcus Love.

Asper was originally drafted by the Bills in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Bills waived him in August 2012, and he then spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars before returning to the Bills in September 2013. In two seasons, Asper has played in seven games with no starts. Asper has very good size and is versatile with experience at tackle, guard, and even some center. However, his height (6’7”) makes it difficult for him to play with leverage at guard and center, and he lacks ideal arm length and overall foot quickness for tackle.

The Giants signed Love as a street free agent in June 2014. Love was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings waived him in October 2013 and he was then picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who waived him in June 2014 before the Giants signed him.

Terrell Thomas, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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Terrell Thomas Signs with Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Terrell Thomas to a 1-year contract. Thomas was drafted by the Giants in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. After missing 2011 and 2012 with back-to-back ACL tears in his right knee, Thomas finished 2013 with 67 tackles, 1 sack, 7 pass defenses, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble, primarily serving as the team’s slot corner. He played in all 16 games with seven starts.

The Giants had no interest in re-signing Thomas after signing cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, and Zack Bowman and re-signing Trumaine McBride in free agency. The Giants also drafted Bennett Jackson in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, 2014 Free Agent Scorecard, New York Giants Free Agent Losses (with scouting reports), Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

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New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

JULY 28, 2014 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The Giants’ GPS must have been off the chart.

Practicing for the second day in full pads, New York called it quits after roughly 70 minutes (the practice was supposed to go two hours). The team broke after Jay Bromley tackled Kendall Gaskins – much to coach Tom Coughlin’s displeasure – and headed inside for another “recovery stretch.” This was the second time in the last five days the Giants have ended practice after an hour.

While it may have been per GPS request, it also could have been to stop the dismal display of offense shown by Eli Manning and the boys. After yesterday’s promise, it was back to square one for Big Blue on Monday.

Below you will find the complete practice report. Be sure to recap all the live action as it happened.

Odell Beckham, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Odell Beckham continues to sit out – © USA TODAY Sports Images

SETTING THE STAGE…
Trindon Holliday returned to practice, Odell Beckham and Xavier Grimble were both held out. Coughlin confirmed after practice that both were visiting the “doctors” for further examination on their injured hamstrings.

SPECIAL TEAMS…
Some interesting happenings with the Giants’ special teams, getting some full contact reps. Both the punt/punt return and kick/kick return units went through different variations of drills.

  • And the legend of Devon Kennard writes another chapter. In a punt drill where the line’s goal was to get around their blockers and get to the punter, Kennard pancaked fellow rookie Dan Fox. The hit wasn’t the only for Kennard on the day. More on that later.
  • With no Odell Beckham Jr. to field punts (but not run), David Wilson got some additional looks. He muffed one, but fielded the rest.
  • On the kick return drill, when David Wilson cut up the field a coach was heard yelling, “High and tight!” I couldn’t make out the yeller, but it’s certainly something the team’s harping on with the former first-round pick.
  • It was Brandon McManus‘ day to kick and the place kicker went 3-for-4. The ball left his foot very weirdly on his one miss. It could have been he slipped. Either way, that brings McManus’ miss total to one. Josh Brown has missed two since camp started last week.

INDIVIDUAL…
I stuck with the offense again today as the Giants were practicing on field three. It is difficult when the team ends up on the corner field as it’s a journey to wherever the other group goes. Tomorrow, I’ll keep an eye on the defense.

  • The wide receivers, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers joined the quarterbacks to work through a drill similar to the gauntlet. The receiver would catch the ball on a curl, then run through three bags being swung by Peyton Hillis, John Conner and Henry Hynoski before running in the middle of two tackling dummies. Not too many drops. The one notable observation was Andre Williams continues to catch with his body.
  • After splitting up, the wide receivers worked an interesting “read-and-react” drill. The wideouts needed to read their positional coach before breaking on a number of different routes. No player made any notable mistakes that I saw.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL…
I am still not totally sure if this is the two-minute drill, or the pace the Giants’ offense now moves. Either way, it wasn’t pretty. The Giants ran the full-team 11-on-11 both after individuals, and at the end of practice. Not too many highlights from either time so we’ll condense them in one place.

  • Eli Manning seemed to be quite interested in going deep to Rueben Randle. The quarterback threw his way three times, all three incomplete. The first came on a play-action fake on the first play of the two-minute drill. Zack Bowman made an impressive interception that Giants.com caught on film. The second pass Manning thrown Randle’s way was overthrown and the third probably should have been caught.

  • The more the Giants display their offense, the more it becomes evident offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo loves the quick passes. Be it bubble screens, slants or outs, the ball certainly comes out of Manning’s hand faster.
  • Ryan Nassib didn’t have a very good practice, but he did make a beautiful pass to Preston Parker on the sideline. Parker made a spinning back-shoulder grab before toe-tapping his feet. He’s another young receiver who has flashed this summer.
  • Eli Manning hit Daniel Fells for a touchdown between a couple of defenders near the goal line. In an overall bad performance by the offense, there were a few good signs from the tight end position. Larry Donnell made the “Catch of Practice” in the second 11-on-11 portion.

  • First fight of camp. Henry Hynoski and Jameel McClain went at it. The entire team came together in an attempt to break it up.
  • The Giants displayed their new “NASCAR” package for a couple of plays. Robert Ayers Jr. and Damontre Moore played the end positions why Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka held down the fort at defensive tackle.
  • Ryan Nassib’s struggles continued. Aside from struggling with accuracy, he tried to one-hand a high snap from Weston Richburg, missed and fumbled the ball.
  • One other player who stood out a bit was Mario Manningham. He made a nice sliding back-shoulder grab on the sideline and another on a comeback route. He said he’s feeling “better and better” each day, now he’s showing it.
  • Charles Brown gave William Beatty a little break in the second 11-on-11. On his first snap, Brown jumped offsides.
  • Victor Cruz made an impressive grab on a wheel-ish route down the left sideline. Eli Manning hit him with a pass, perfectly beating the zone.

SEVEN-ON-SEVEN…
The Giants kicked the linemen to the side and went at it a bit in a seven-on-seven. Not too many highlights to take note of here. As has been mentioned, it wasn’t the offense’s best day.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Victor Cruz – © USA TODAY Sports Images

  • Andre Williams continues to try to catch everything with his body. The issue with this is if the pass comes in hot, it can potentially bounce off of the chest portion of the shoulder pads and result in an incompletion or worse. This happened today on an attempted screen. Williams has a lot of potential, but his receiving game is a work in progress.
  • Curtis Painter is starting to get a bit more looks at quarterback than he had in the first week. My guess is it’s to try to light a fire under Ryan Nassib – anything to get the quarterback going at this point is in play.

RUNNING DRILL…
After missing the Devon Kennard hit on David Wilson yesterday, I made sure to take note of what happened in this drill today. Essentially the safeties, defensive line and linebackers join with the offensive line, tight ends, fullback and running backs for a full-contact running drill. Think the reverse of the seven-on-seven.

  • Markus Kuhn is a very, very violent man. He continues to impress with his pure strength and the thing that’s gotten my attention is the nastiness he plays with. Every time he knocks someone over, he stares at them as they help themselves up.
  • Both fullbacks, John Conner and Henry Hynoski, looked good. Few stand-up blocks from both of them.
  • Another Devon Kennard sighting. On the first play of this drill, the rookie from USC came bolting in between the A/B gap and smacked Rashad Jennings. Right after making contact, Kennard clenched his fists together and let out a few bellows.
  • Johnathan Hankins put a pretty good shot on David Wilson, knocking him over. Wilson then popped right back up and continued running down the field.

The Giants will hold another practice open to the public tomorrow (1:20-3:30pm) before having the day of Wednesday. Stay tuned to BigBlueInteractive.com for your complete camp coverage.