Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – © USA TODAY Sports Images
AUGUST 25, 2015 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their last public training camp practice on Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The full training camp schedule is available at Giants.com.
On Monday, the Giants waived/injured safety Justin Currie (fractured tibia and ankle) and linebacker Tony Johnson (knee sprain). To fill these roster spots, the team signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Ashlee Palmer (Detroit Lions) and rookie free agent C.J. Conway (Montclair State).
Palmer was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Buffalo Bills after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has played both for the Bills (2009) and Detroit Lions (2010-14). In six seasons, Palmer has started 24 games. In 2014, he played in 16 regular-season game for the Lions, starting five, and accrued 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two pass defenses. Palmer is a good special teams player.
Conway was the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s (NJAC) Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, when he was also chosen to the American Football Coaches Association Division-III Team and First-Team USA Football. Conway led the NJAC in passes defended with 17 and was second with eight interceptions, as he also registered 51 tackles and forced two fumbles.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf), center Weston Richburg (knee), left tackle Will Beatty (PUP – pectoral), defensive end George Selvie (knee), linebacker Jon Beason (knee), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), cornerback Chykie Brown (knee), cornerback Jayron Hosley (concussion), and cornerback Chandler Fenner (hamstring) did not practice.
Wide receiver Rueben Randle (knee tendinitis), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), safety Landon Collins (knee), safety Nat Berhe (calf), safety Cooper Taylor (toe) practiced on a limited basis. Collins did not appear to do much in practice however.
Wide receiver Julian Talley (toe) returned to practice.
Some snippets from various media sources:
- Jeromy Miles and Brandon Meriweather were the first-team safeties.
- Without Jon Beason, the starting middle linebacker was Jameel McClain.
- Without Weston Richburg, Dallas Reynolds started at center with the first-team offense.
- Geoff Schwartz continued to see first-team reps at both right guard and right tackle.
- Wide receiver Preston Parker caught a touchdown pass.
- Quarterback Eli Manning hit wide receiver Odell Beckham for a touchdown against cornerback Josh Gordy. (Video)
- Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off a pass intended for wide receiver Rueben Randle from quarterback Eli Manning and return the interception for a touchdown. (Video)
- Cornerback Josh Gordy picked off a pass from quarterback Ricky Stanzi.
- According to Giants.com, the top three players from practice today were wide receiver Odell Beckham, wide receiver Preston Parker, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
GIANTS ON ESPN RADIO…
Audio clips of the the following Giants being interviewed on ESPN Radio are available at ESPN.com:
- President/CEO John Mara (Audio)
- General Manager Jerry Reese (Audio)
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Audio)
- QB Eli Manning (Audio)
- WR Odell Beckham (Audio)
- WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
- CB Prince Amukamara (Audio)
HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN…
Tom Coughlin addressed the media on Tuesday (video is available at Giants.com):
Q: How was Landon Collins able to keep engaged while he was on the sideline? Sometimes young players have difficulty with that.
A: He’s in every meeting, he’s in every plan, he’s interested. After what he’s missed on the field, he has an opportunity to listen to the coaches talk about it in the classroom. He’s up to date on everything that we’re doing.
Q: He was also kind of engaged with the players, running to the ball, things like that. How important was that to see? Just to not see him on the sideline in his own world.
A: Well, that’s his game. He’s got to be involved like that. To keep him as involved as we possibly can, even though he can’t take snaps—that’s the challenge. Of course with a young guy, who has a sense that he’s missing time, he should be more engaged.
Q: He’ll go full today?
A: He’ll go limited.
Q: What about some of the other guys?
A: What about them?
Q: Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle—do you expect them out here?
A: They say Rueben [Randle] will go tomorrow. And I don’t know when to say Victor [Cruz] will go.
Q: Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe?
A: [Cooper] Taylor goes today, and Berhe’s going today. Yeah, he’s going. They’re all limited. Anybody that’s been out, their classification when they first come back is limited.
Q: Any better idea on Jon Beason?
A: No. Nope.
Q: Are you concerned about Victor at all?
A: I’m concerned, yeah. Because obviously there were a couple of slotted opportunities there that didn’t take place, or one. Of course this would have been the second one, if he’s not ready to go. So, yeah, yeah, I am. But I would like to see him get out there, and be able to stay out there. That’s what our real intent is. As soon as that can be done, that’s possible, then that’s what will happen.
Q: Would you say he’s out for Saturday or it’s too early?
A: I’m not going to say anything like that. No, it’s day to day.
Q: It’s not the knee right?
A: No, it’s not the knee.
Q: You said originally that you thought it might be dehydration-related. Did it end up being more serious than maybe you thought?
A: No. I can’t classify it. I just know that he can’t go.
Q: Ashlee Palmer, what’d you like about him?
A: Worked out very well. And I do like the fact that he’s played without injury for quite some time. That could’ve been the reason right there.
Q: What do you like about the combination of Jay Bromley and Kenrick Ellis? They seem to be working well together.
A: Well, they’re big, solid guys inside. What I like is they enjoy playing and they seem to be able to hold the point in there pretty good. So we just need to keep those two getting better.
Q: What has Andre Williams shown you in year two, specifically, in how he has grown?
A: Well, he’s obviously second time around—he knows more about what he’s doing. He’s more comfortable doing it. He is a powerful runner, and when given the opportunity, he’s demonstrated.
Q: Do you notice a different level of patience with him?
A: That’s not necessarily the first word that would come to—but he did demonstrate it the other night.
Q: Johnathan Casillas’ neck, is that a serious thing or day to day?
A: You know, I don’t know what to make of that, because he came out and practiced. He was not supposed to have any contact. Evidently, he did get a little bit, and then he got sore again. They’re just not going to let him go until they feel like he can play and not receive any kind of injury.
Q: Steve Weatherford didn’t seem to have a great night the other night. How open is that competition?
A: Well, it is open. It should be looked at that way by everybody. I don’t care how many years in the league, when you come to camp, it’s competitive, and you’ve got lots of people trying for the same job. So we certainly would like to see it the way we hope to expect it on game day and during the regular season. So I’m hoping that improves.
Q: When you got a better look at the film, you saw Odell Beckham had five targets with no catches. Was that all just timing that you assume will come? Or was there anything you saw as to why he didn’t get to those balls?
A: To me, he had a chance for one ball that was thrown out in front of him. He had a drop. Again, to me, it’s timing, it’s rhythm, it’s all of those things. But that would be where I would start.
Q: I would assume you don’t worry about a guy like that with what he’s done.
A: I worry about everything. I’m worried about everything. You give opportunities and guys make plays and they don’t make plays. Then you analyze why they did or why they didn’t and present it. You’d like to see it the other way. There has to be a little bit of a sense of urgency right now. You’re a couple weeks away from lining up. So, I mean, I’d like to see things done well, done right. Obviously, whoever it is, doesn’t matter, Odell—it doesn’t make any difference. When it doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to go, and we’ve been at this for a couple of weeks, why doesn’t it go that way? So you have to look hard at that. And the one thing—it’s not an excuse—but again, when you see some of the younger guys doing some things and catching the ball and so on, advancing the ball, they’ve been out here. (Geremy) Davis has been on the field all this time, you know? The practice part of this thing has got to be understood and it’s got to be done right. It’s got to be done with a sense of urgency.
Q: Back to Victor, how do you view the importance of him getting into a preseason game?
A: Well, it’s great, but if it doesn’t happen, then it doesn’t happen. You know, Odell didn’t have a preseason game last year. So you want them to play, that’s what the plan was. If it doesn’t work out that way, then what’s the next thing? We can’t worry about something that, right now, is not within our control.
Q: Would you contemplate playing him in the fourth game if he couldn’t be ready for this game?
A: Well, I’m considering that the whole time. I’m saying, ‘When can we play him?’ Would I contemplate it? Sure. I mean, we just have to have X number of days together practicing before that’s going to happen, though. We’re not going to make a decision the night before the last preseason game to play him. It has to be something that builds up to it, so I know he’s ready to go. I wouldn’t put him out there without that.
Q: There was a report yesterday that Jason Pierre-Paul is planning a return.
A: I don’t know anything about that. I don’t know anything about that.
Q: He hasn’t told you?
A: He hasn’t told me.
Q: Getting any of your corners back? Chykie Brown?
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video clips of player media Q&As are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com:
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The last two training camp practices for the Giants this summer are on Wednesday and Thursday, but neither is open to the public.