The New York Giants returned to the practice field in full pads for the second consecutive day on Monday and wasted little time in getting right to work. With an actual game only a few short days away, Big Blue looked to refine some things on offense and ready their players for what was to come. And while little to no game planning will go into Sunday's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, head coach Tom Coughlin & Co. certainly want the players prepared for live action.
Unfortunately, for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and tight end Xavier Grimble (hamstring), their chances at being active on Sunday are slowly circling the drain. Both missed practice again on Monday, joining linebacker Jon Beason (foot), who is still several weeks away from returning. The good news was that wide receiver/return specialist, Trindon Holliday (knee/leg), did return to the field on at least a limited basis.
- On the very first play of practice, Eli Manning looked for Rueben Randle deep down the field, but the pass was picked off by Zack Bowman. Manning then promptly bounced back, hitting Daniel Fells for a touchdown between three defenders.
- Giants continued practicing endzone fade routes to shorter receivers (Jerrel Jernigan again — not Randle).
- Devon Kennard continued his string of big hits, crushing Rashad Jennings this time. He also had a solid pancake block in Special Teams drills.
- Brandon McManus missed his first field goal of camp, but finished 4/5. His totals now stand at 14/15 in camp.
- David Wilson was returning kickoffs again on Monday, joining Jerrel Jernigan, Quintin Demps and others.
- The first real fight of training camp was between Henry Hynoski and Johnathan Hankins. Helmets went flying. No one hurt.
- Jason Pierre-Paul looks healthy and quicker than a season ago, but still isn't dominating like the Giants need him to. Still some rust.
- For the first time I've seen in camp, the Giants went to a NASCAR-like format along the defensive line: JPP, Damontre Moore, Mathias Kiwanuka, Robert Ayers.
- Larry Donnell made the catch of the day toward the end of practice. You can see it here.
- Practice was called after only 65 minutes. The team then went into their post-practice soft-tissue stretches.
Unfortunately, there was little to observe as the Giants essentially cut practice in half. Ryan Nassib looked a little better, Curtis Painter took more reps than his training camp average and the offense, overall, looked like it was struggling.
The Giants will return to practice at 1:20 PM EST tomorrow before their scheduled off day on Wednesday.
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