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2014 New York Giants Training Camp: Day 2 Recap

July 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Temperatures approached 90 degrees in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Tuesday as the New York Giants took the field for their very first training camp practice. And although the team was only in shells, excitement and enthusiasm was in the air as they got their first real taste of the 2014 season.

Prior to practice, players spoke with members of the media, but most information had just been rehashed. It was clear their focus was on getting onto the field for the first time and, following warmups, players and coaches dove right in as if there had been no offseason at all. They, of course, were anxious to improve their odds on Carbon Sportsbook.

Some things from practice stood out, others didn't. Here's what we noted:

Practice Notes:

  • Brandon Mosley practiced at RG with the first-team offense, John Jerry with the second-team and Weston Richburg with the third-team; however, Richburd did receive a few reps with the first-team at guards towards the end of practice.
  • The first-team offensive line during the first few series: Will Beatty (LT), Geoff Schwartz (LG), J.D. Walton (C), Brandon Mosley (RG), Justin Pugh (RT). Charles Brown also saw some first-team snaps in the second half of practice.
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Giants’ Jameel McClain, Brandon Mosley & Xavier Grimble Carted Off During First Camp Practice

July 22nd, 2014 at 2:50 PM
By Dan Benton

Having already lost linebacker Jon Beason to a fractured foot earlier this offseason, the very last thing the New York Giants wanted or needed was injuries to key players. Unfortunately, their high hopes for health fell on deaf ears as offensive lineman Brandon Mosley, tight end Xavier Grimble and linebacker Jameel McClain were all carted off the field on Tuesday. They were joined by linebacker Spencer Adkins, who also was forced to leave the field.

With temperatures approaching 90 degrees, heat could have played a factor with Mosley, Grimble and Adkins, but McClain appears to have suffered an actual injury to either his left leg or left foot.

It is standard for the Giants to cart off players who are dealing with cramping/dehydration issues, which could have very likely been the case for Mosley and Grimble, who did not appear to be in any pain or favoring any particular part of their body. But in the case of McClain, it looked more serious than that, although that's all speculation at this point.

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2014 New York Giants Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

July 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

With the offseason workout program now a thing of the past and the official start to training camp having arrived on July 21st (report date and physicals), it's time to look ahead to each positional battle and how they will ultimately shape the New York Giants' final 53-man roster. Today we examine the cornerbacks.

CORNERBACKS

Who's in: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III, Zack Bowman, Bennett Jackson
Who's out: Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross
The Names: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III, Trumaine McBride, Jayron Hosley, Zack Bowman, Charles James, Bennett Jackson, Ross Weaver, Travis Howard

MANY NEW FACES

More than any other position on the team, cornerbacks saw the most significant overhaul this past offseason. The New York Giants parted ways with long-time veterans Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas — two of whom remain unsigned — replacing them with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III and Zack Bowman. Ultimately, with the exception of Prince Amukamara, it was a complete facelift at the top of the depth chart.

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New York Giants Hire David Tyree as Director of Player Development

July 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that retired wide receiver David Tyree will be returning to the organization and taking over the role of Director of Player Development, which was left vacant when Charles Way was named the NFL's Head of Player Engagement.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” said Tyree. “I guess you could say it’s a second homecoming. I’m grateful to have an experience with Charles Way, seeing his growth, his maturity as a professional. It even, to some degree, has impacted my life personally as a professional. Then having this opportunity to fill those shoes, I’m just grateful for the foundation that’s been laid, I’m grateful to be an example and hopefully represent this great organization in the same light and continue the great atmosphere and tradition of a wonderful organization with a premier culture. I’m just thrilled to get in here and serve these players.”

Tyree, who is most well-known for his incredible helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, has spent the preview two years working in the league office as a part of their player engagement and development department. He beat out three other candidates for the Giants job.

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2014 New York Giants Training Camp Preview: Safeties

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

With the offseason workout program now a thing of the past and the official start to training camp having arrived on July 21st (report date and physicals), it's time to look ahead to each positional battle and how they will ultimately shape the New York Giants' final 53-man roster. Today we examine the safeties.

SAFETIES

Who's in: Quintin Demps, Nat Berhe, C.J. Barnett, Kyle Sebetic, Thomas Gordon
Who's out: Will Hill, Ryan Mundy
The Names: Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Cooper Taylor, Quintin Demps, Nat Berhe, C.J. Barnett, Kyle Sebetic, Thomas Gordon

LOSS OF WILL HILL

On paper, the secondary of the New York Giants looks tremendously deep and talented. So just imagine what it would have looked like if Will Hill were still among the group of safeties. Unfortunately, the talented Florida product was unable to keep himself clean, and following his third league suspension in a three-year period, the Giants had no choice but to parts ways with him.

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