After a brief day off, the New York Giants returned to the practice field on Sunday and did so in full pads for the first time since training camp officially began earlier this week. Practice was, as expected, a little more aggressive than it had been earlier this week, and that's exactly what the coaches wanted to see with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game coming up next Sunday.
Unfortunately, not everyone was practicing. In addition to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who sat out with a lingering hamstring injury and linebacker Jon Beason (foot), rookie tight end Xavier Grimble (hamstring) also found himself firmly planted on the stationary bike. Meanwhile, Trindon Holliday was also seen with a large wrap (ice?) around his knee.
- Right out of the gate, dropsies and fumbles got the Giants again. It began with Trindon Holliday muffing a punt, then a fumble on the exchange between David Wilson and Ryan Nassib and, finally, a dropped screen pass by Michael Cox. Apparently none of them got Tom Coughlin's "don't drop the bleeping ball" memo.
- Although he was not practicing, Odell Beckham Jr. and fellow wideout, Victor Cruz, had a little competition going on during punt return drills where each tried to make the best one-handed catch. Beckham Jr. won.
- Despite losing in the aforementioned punt return contest, Cruz had the best catch of the day, laying out for a pass from Eli Manning in 11-on-11's.
- While running endzone fade routes, Eli Manning hit Jerrel Jernigan for a TD. Hit Victor Cruz on same route on Friday. We've not seen Rueben Randle used in that scenario yet.
- Ryan Nassib looked much better on Sunday than he has at any point thus far, which included a touchdown pass to Marcus Harrus.
- The legend of Devon Kennard grew after he laid David Wilson out in the open field, which drew big cheers from the crowd. He later took a snap or two at defensive end.
- Curtis Painter, for the first time all week, got some first-team reps at quarterback, while Eric Herman took some reps at center.
- As we alluded to in previous camp recaps, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has an amazing ability to recover (or play coy). When you think he's been beaten, he really hasn't been.
- Jayron Hosley had a rough practice, including at least two penalties is one-on-one drills.
- Will Beatty looked strong again, handling anyone who lined up across from him. His continued progress is very encouraging.
- Tight ends: Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells saw action in goalline set, while Adrien Robinson struggled with where to line up and had a drop.
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