AUGUST 11, 2015 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their ninth summer training camp practice on Tuesday outside of Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio in a joint practice session against the Bengals. The full training camp schedule is available at Giants.com.
GIANTS RELEASE FIRST OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART…
The Giants released their first official depth chart on Monday. See the Depth Chart section of the website for details.
Not making the trip to Cincinnati were Geoff Schwartz (coming off of ankle surgery), left tackle Will Beatty (PUP – recovering from pectoral surgery), linebacker Jameel McClain (neck), cornerback Chykie Brown (knee), and safety Nat Berhe (calf).
Linebacker Jon Beason told NJ.com that he expects McClain to return to practice next week. McClain has also tweeted that he is doing well.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Chykie Brown, but he could not provide an update.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin) made the trip to Cincinnati but did not practice. “Regular protocol is to shut it down a little bit for a couple days to let the (cortisone) shot do the healing,” Amukamara said. “It’s definitely not 3-4 weeks. They know it’s definitely not, I know it’s definitely not. It all depends on how I feel the next couple days.”
Wide receiver Victor Cruz (recovering from knee surgery) participated in Giants-only drills, not the practice periods that involved the Bengals.
Wide receiver Rueben Randle (knee tendinitis) did very little work. “Tendinitis,” said Coughlin about Randle. “We thought he was doing pretty good last night.”
The Giants and Bengals practiced in full pads. Some snippets from various media sources:
- The first-team offensive line was composed of Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, John Jerry at right guard, and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.
- Left tackle Ereck Flowers did well against Bengals right defensive end Karl Dunlap.
- Left guard Justin Pugh and center Weston Richburg made good blocks on a screen pass to running back Shane Vereen.
- Guard Michael Bamiro looked good.
- Tight end Larry Donnell made a nice juggling catch. (Video)
- Quarterback Eli Manning’s pass intended for wide receiver James Jones was intercepted and returned for a defensive touchdown.
- In 7-on-7 drills, running back Andre Williams and tight ends Adrien Robinson and Daniel Fells all dropped passes.
- Wide receiver Geremy Davis made a tough catch in traffic, and later made another catch on a comeback route. He had a good day.
- The first-team safeties were Jeromy Miles and Landon Collins.
- Safety Bennett Jackson broke up a seam pass to Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones. Jackson also saw some action at nickel corner.
- Safety Bennett Jackson and cornerback Trevin Wade would have had sacks on blitzes from the nickel spot had this been a real game.
- Defensive ends George Selvie and Robert Ayers pressured Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for what would have been a sack in a real game.
- Fullback Henry Hynoski made a good block on the edge on a run by running back Andre Williams.
- Defensive end Damontre Moore pushed Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth five yards into the backfield on one play at the snap of the ball.
- Wide receiver Julian Talley caught everything thrown in his direction.
- Despite good pressure from defensive end Robert Ayers, quarterback Andy Dalton connected with wide receiver A.J. Green for a touchdown against cornerback Jayron Hosley. Hosley did well against Green for much of practice but struggled against him late in the day.
- Bengals running back Jeremy Hill broke off a big run for a touchdown against the Giants defense.
- Safety Jeromy Miles made a nice a leaping pass defense against Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert.
- Linebacker Devon Kennard looked comfortable rushing the passer from a down position.
- According to Giants.com, the three standout players were wide receiver Odell Beckham, linebacker Jon Beason, and left tackle Ereck Flowers.
Good work by the interior of the Giants DL in team drills, too, notably Johnathan Hankins, Markus Kuhn, Cullen Jenkins + Jay Bromley.
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 12, 2015
HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN…
Tom Coughlin addressed the media after the afternoon practice (video is available at Giants.com):
Q: Un-training camp-like weather? Not as humid?
A: Yes. Not sure what the humidity normally is here. We’ve had some nice humidity from where we came from.
Q: Tom, what did you think of the work you got done?
A: It’s good to get to work against another team. Both teams did a good job of making sure that, although they were fast and crisp, for the most part kept the piles to a minimum and did a good job that way. I thought the initial special teams drills were good. Then I picked my spots the rest of the way. But it’s good to work against the Bengals. Marvin (Lewis) did a very good job of preparing his team for this and our guys came in and did a nice job as well.
Q: What was it about the special teams that you liked so much?
A: It was very crisp and we had some good penetration. They did too, unfortunately, but I liked it. I liked the tempo of it.
Q: Tom, how is it important that you and Marvin seem simpatico? It has to be a guy you trust.
A: It has to be someone you trust because obviously there is an awful lot at stake when you work but it is good for your team to work against someone else, the intensity goes up a notch and they realize all the drills are meant for their own improvement and to get a handle on where your team exactly is. I think from that standpoint, I thought the Bengals did a good job preparing for us and things went well.
Q: Was there any point where you had to settle the guys down or you thought they did a good job?
A: No, there was none of that.
Q: Tom, has (Jayron) Hosley looked very different to you on the outside this year? I know he’s been on the inside for a little while.
A: I’m hoping. He certainly came back in excellent condition and I think he’s very serious about it right now and he’s trying and he senses this is a critical, critical camp for him. We’re all hoping he comes through in the fashion we thought of him when we drafted him.
Q: Coach Coughlin, Paul Brown—the only reason I ask this is because I know you have an appreciation for the history of the game—Paul Brown, did he have any effect on you, really what you’re doing now with a variation of the offense?
A: When I was 12 years old, after a game, probably a Giant playoff game, I sent him a note and he sent one back. That was the highlight of someone of his stature of that time reacting to me sitting there critiquing his game at the age of, like, 12. Tremendous history. All you have to do is think about the man’s success and his career, way back in the beginning, high school.
Q: Jon Beason earlier today was saying that these two practices are very important for the starters. How would you view that?
A: Well, it’s important for everyone. Not just the starters, but it is important to them because it does lead up to a game in which normally he doesn’t get many snaps.
A: From time to time. Some spot things that I thought were good. I wanted to look at all the different one-on-one stuff because that may be where you formulate all your parts right there before you get into the screen passes. So I look forward to seeing that.
Q: What do you think of your offensive line from here?
A: Well, that’s what I want to look at.
Q: A lot of the things the Bengals were talking about looking forward to going against players like Eli and Odell, how do you think that turned out today as you watched?
A: Well, obviously both teams are going into their first preseason game so you’re operating with just what you have in up or not from the development, what we’re doing offensively. I thought it was—for Eli to get out there with pressure and recognizing where the pressure is coming from, adjusting the cover protections, signaling the receivers different kinds of plays, so on and so forth. I think that’s good.
Q: On how important is this preseason going to be for Ryan Nassib?
A: Very, very important. For his development, yeah, this is where, again, he takes that next step. He took a nice step a year ago and hopefully he’ll do it again this preseason.
Q: What are you looking for during these practices in the preseason that tells you he’s making that kind of progress?
A: Moving the ball, control the offense, put points on the board.
Q: Rueben Randle, on sideline with ice on his knees…
A: Tendinitis. We thought he was doing pretty good last night.
Re: benefits of joint practices in player evaluation
A: It’s good. It’s very good. It’s good to see them against another team. People you know are outstanding players. It’s good.
Q: You got a lot out of practice today. Tomorrow, is that the plan? Are you going to do the same? Are you going to…
A: Basically the same but no, there are some other drills that we’re going to use.
Q: Have you gotten an update on Chykie Brown?
A: No, not really.
Q: Did what Odell get out of team drills, is that what you were hoping to see?
A: Yeah, I think he did. I went back and forth between both fields and really didn’t just stand there and watch the office per say but I’m sure he got a good workout. Hopefully, he’ll come back tomorrow.
Q: I’m sure you know what happened in the Jets locker room today. Have you ever heard anything like that?
A: I’m trying to make sure that our locker room is very, very—it’s a disappointing and sad thing. That’s all I can tell you.
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video clips of player media Q&As are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com:
- QB Eli Manning (Video)
- DE Kerry Wynn (Video)
- LB Jon Beason (Video)
- CB Prince Amukamara (Video)
- CB Jayron Hosley (Video)
- Giants Can’t Give Big Hits for Now, and That Hurts, Some Players Say by Bill Pennington of The New York Times
- Tom Coughlin changes up approach when connecting with younger Giants by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News
- Rashad Jennings talks expectations, JPP and ‘Shadlosophy by Steve Serby of The New York Post
- Giants rookie WR provides inside peek at his quest to make team by Geremy Davis for The New York Post
- Former Giants center Shaun O’Hara: Offensive line has ‘been holding this team back for the last couple of years’ by James Kratch for NJ.com
- Giants’ Markus Kuhn ready for roster battle by J.J. Conrad for The Bergen Record
- Sights & Sounds: Training Camp (Video) by Giants.com
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants hold another joint practice session against the Bengals on Wednesday outside of Paul Brown Stadium starting at 3:15PM. There will be a jog-thru practice on Thursday in advance of Friday’s Giants-Bengals preseason game.
The next training camp practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be held on Sunday, August 16th from 5:50-7:50PM. For a complete listing of training camp practices as well as a handy fan Q&A about training camp, see our Training Camp section of the website. Only four remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public this year:
- Sunday, August 16: 5:50 – 7:50PM
- Wednesday, August 19: 5:50 – 7:50PM
- Thursday, August 20: 5:50 – 7:50PM
- Tuesday, August 25: 2:30 – 4:30PM