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2014 New York Giants Training Camp: Day 5 Recap

July 25th, 2014 at 3:30 PM
By Dan Benton

For the first time since reporting to training camp on Monday, the New York Giants were wearing their shoulder pads on Friday afternoon. And while full pads won't come until Sunday, it didn't stop the team from making sure things were cracking under the warm summer sun. It was a familiar, yet very much missed sound — the first true signal that football has returned.

As far as participation went this afternoon, only wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) sat out. However, he did some work on his own, catching light passes from the JUGS machine. All other players, including linebacker Jameel McClain (foot), participated on at least a limited basis.

After their simulated halftime (ie. water/heat break), wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) was riding the stationary bike, but eventually returned.

Practice Notes:

  • Rookie linebacker Dan Fox ended the first tackling drill of the day by bringing down General Manager Jerry Reese (playfully, of course).
  • Devon Kennard looked like a man ready to destroy someone, nearly decleating Bennett Jackson during an early Special Teams drill.
  • Despite being crushed by Kennard, Jackson actually had a solid practice with 2-3 passes defended.
  • Following a Trindon Holliday drop, a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dropped INT, a Mario Manningham fumble and a Kendall Gaskins fumble, Tom Coughlin's head nearly exploded. In more crude terms, and his face more than red, he told the team to "stop dropping the *bleeping* ball!"
  • Ben McAdoo followed in Coughlin's footsteps, lighting up Michael Cox late in practice after he bounced one outside and failed to hit his gap. Although his choice of words were a bit more suspect than Coughlin's: "Shove it up in there!" said McAdoo.
  • One negative of the short pass offense is beginning to come to light, as Eli Manning and other quarterbacks have had a lot of passes batted down at the line thus far.
  • Other than a few batted passes and one overthrow, Manning looked relatively sharp and a bit more comfortable than he has in recent days. He also threw a few more passes beyond 15-yards than we've seen this week.
  • Where Manning once again looked good, Ryan Nassib did not. He truly appears to be struggling out there and needs to turn it around quickly.
  • Meanwhile, Curtis Painter also found himself tossing some INTs today (including one to Mark Herzlich). The Giants really just need to make sure Manning never gets injured. Ever.
  • Brandon McManus was perfect on his field goals again today and has not missed one — from any distance — since camp started.
  • One impressive thing about DRC: when a wide receiver believes they have him beat, they really don't. Several times he "got beat" and came back to break up the pass, get a hand on it, etc. It's almost as if he uses himself as a decoy.
  • The offense as a whole is still very much behind the defense. It's early, but Ben McAdoo & Co. clearly have a lot of work to do if they want to compete in 2014. At this rate, don't expect a tremendous showing against Buffalo. But don't overreact to a bad one, either.
  • It's difficult to get a feel for the offensive line as they learn this new offense and adjust to all the new faces, but they've done a good job holding their own and appear to be slowly coming together as a unit. They've been bookended by good play from both Will Beatty and Justin Pugh.
  • On the defensive line, there's a lot of focus on stopping the run. As JPP said, they feel stopping the run will lead to more quarterback pressures.
  • Another Eli note: the connection between he and Rueben Randle appears to be like night and day from only a season ago.
  • Defensive end Jordan Stanton may be a guy you want to watch. He had several pressure today and seemed to be quite active during his reps.


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27 Responses to “2014 New York Giants Training Camp: Day 5 Recap”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Jameel McClain on Devon Kennard: “I’ve seen a lot of good rookies, but he’s one of the most impressive young guys I’ve seen.” #nyg #giants

    If this is true, even though McClain is a good player let Kinnard keep the starting CLB position.

  2.  kujo says:

    Benton should reexamine Nassib’s struggles in an article entitled “Ryan’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Delivery/Footwork/Decision-making/Accuracy.”

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    With Bowman, James and Jackson reportedly playing well I think McBride’s roster spot is in serious question. And that’s not even including Hosley. I really think we have 8 pro caliber CBs. 7 CBs who could play as the 3rd CB in a nickel defense in a real NFL game today and perform well.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Agreed. Bowman is an animal on special teams and could be the best gunner we’ve had since Tyree. James and Jackson could be big helps in 2015 when we probably lose Thurmond and Brown (and while I sure hope not, possibly even Rolle).

      Of course, it’s entirely possible that last season was just the beginning of McBride’s rise since he hadn’t had a real opportunity in the league prior to that.

      Tough call but that’s what everyone wants. Some good players are not going to make this roster.

      •  kujo says:

        This could all be made worse if we have to keep 3 QBs on the roster.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I can’t see us keeping 3 QBs. Painter is a waste. We are better off picking someone off the street than use a roster spot for him.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    It’s getting awfully close to the point at which they’re going to have to make a decision about Nassib. It isn’t like he isn’t getting an opportunity. The backup role is being handed to him on a silver platter, and it looks as if he may drop it and break all the china.

    This Bennett Jackson is a kid I liked when they got him. I’m not sure he can make the roster but his size is a real asset and he could represent depth at both corner and safety. I assume he’s going to wind up on the practice squad, but like Berhe, if he arrives there he may not be staying long. That would be too bad, because I have a feeling he’d become a roster player in 2015.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      My beef about the complaints with Nassib is that Painter is the worse player we have had in the past 8 years. If we really feel that Nassib is a bust and don’t want to give him a shot to be the back up and improve then go sign a real backup QB and not go with Painter.

    •  kujo says:

      You want to say that Ryan Nassib could be Jerry Reese’s worst draft pick ever–I mean, moving up to draft a backup QB in the fourth round? But then again, given JR’s track record in that particular round, it doesn’t matter who he drafted: there was a better than average chance that he’d be a bust anyway.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        He gave up a 6th rounder. No matter who you are that’s not likely to be an NFL player.

        You realize Nassib has barely been here a year. Now changes systems. Given up him at this point is very silly. My post was really much more about the waste of even a 90 man roster spot I feel Painter is. He sucks! I have never felt so little confidence in a QB for any of my teams and 2 years ago my Terps were playing with a true freshman LB an QB and I felt better about him than Painter.

        •  kujo says:

          Anyone Reese takes in the 4th round is not likely to be an NFL player for very long. In and out of the league. I don’t know what the average is, but Reese is very consistent–his 4th round picks are abysmal, almost always. Of course it’s early, but everything you read about Nassib has nothing to do with a new offense. He’s inaccurate, and his mechanics suck. It could all get better, but why would it?

          •  GOAT56 says:

            Most 4th rounders don’t make it either. Seattle is the exception and that’s why they are the reigning champs.

            Robinson, Nassib and Williams still have time.

  5.  kujo says:

    There’s very little doubt about it–Kennard is this year’s G101 Training Camp HoF Inductee.

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Is it possible that Devon Kinnard can be our Vontaze Burfict?!!!!!!

  7.  kujo says:

    Ralph Vacchiano ?@RVacchianoNYDN 7m
    Will Jon Beason be ready for Opening Night? He said ““There is no reason now to think I won’t be there, based on how I feel.”

  8.  Krow says:

    Any word on whether Adrien Robinson has caught a pass yet?

  9.  Dirt says:

    Man, the Ravens got Will Hill. The promise this kid had.

    To think, if instead of getting fried on the reg and getting suspended half a year he chose to just punch his future wife out, he may only be suspended 2 games and maybe still be here.

    Ladies and gentlemen, your Baltimore Ravens!

  10.  Dirt says:

    Also, re: Robinson. I often hear “with his size and speed”. I think the speed piece is a bit exaggerated. Sure, he’s relatively fast for a guy his size. Maybe he’s considerably faster than all of the rest of the future Hall of Famers intentionally/unintentionally on the depth chart in front of him currently. But Chris Johnson he is not. Nor is he a Graham or Gonzalez or Davis or any of these other new age TEs. He’s just really not that fast.

    And I don’t care if his 40 time says otherwise. I’ve stood right next to him in drills and been on the sideline as they scrimmage, and he doesn’t play relatively fast.

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