Odell Beckham Jr. practiced fully with the New York Giants on Wednesday, one day after only doing individual drills as he works his way back from a hamstring issue that sidelined him during OTAs. Beckham worked in both the individual and 11-on-11 portions of practice.
"Felt good to finally get out there and take some physical reps," Beckham said. "Felt good to even be able to open up a little bit and run."
Beckham said he is "definitely not" at top speed, putting himself closer to 85 percent.
Tight end Larry Donnell was taken to a hospital by ambulance after practice, and after media access to the locker room where Donnell appeared to be OK, with a heat-related illness. No further details were available.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said the team is making "small gains" in implementing offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's new system.
- It doesn't take watching Beckham run many routes to realize there is a difference between the first-round pick and most of the Giants other receivers. His first step off the line of scrimmage and his quickness out of breaks looks completely different than what you see from every receiver other than Victor Cruz. Beckham made a nice stretching catch of a high throw during individual drills. During 11-on-11 he had an off-target Eli Manning throw go off his hands. The play might be considered a drop. I considered it more of a poor throw. Beckham later caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib.
- Speaking of Manning, Wednesday was not his best day. His first pass, intended for Preston Parker, appeared to be thrown late and was intercepted by cornerback Zack Bowman. Manning was off target Wednesday on several throws, including over-throwing an open Jerrel Jernigan on a deep ball down the right sideline. He also had a ball pop out of his hands as he went to throw during a red-zone drill. Mathias Kiwanuka might actually have swatted the ball out, but that wasn't clear from our vantage point.
- Bowman was noticeable at Wednesday's practice, but that was both good and bad news for the veteran cornerback. He had that interception of Manning, and was perfectly positioned for a second interception on a pass from Nassib, but couldn't hold it. Bowman was beaten deep twice, once by Jernigan on the Manning overthrow and once by Parker on a ball overthrown by Ryan Nassib.
- Some of you offensive coordinators in training might want to skip this paragraph. The shotgun draw made a reappearance in the Giants' offense today, with Manning even running two straight (both to rookie Andre Williams) at one point.
- The offensive line once again featured Charles Brown in place of Will Beatty at left tackle and Brandon Mosley in place of Chris Snee at right guard.
- As a whole, the Giants appeared to emphasize the running game more on Wednesday than they have in previous practices.
- The Giants ran punt return/punt coverage drills today. Trindon Holliday was the first-team return man, followed by Reuben Randle and Beckham.
- Second-year defensive end Damontre Moore flashed a couple of times coming off the edge as a pass rusher, once against Charles Brown and once against James Brewer.
- Donnell beat Jacquian Williams deep down the middle, but a pass from Ryan Nassib was just out of his reach. Donnell later made a nice leaping grab on a ball thrown over the middle by Nassib.
- For those of you wondering, Adrien Robinson took first-team tight end reps on Wednesday.
- The Giants continue to give Nassib every possible opportunity to prove to them he can be the backup quarterback. Nassib took nearly all of the reps behind Manning on Wednesday, with Curtis Painter getting only one series. The biggest issue with Nassib appears to be accuracy. He missed a few throws Wednesday, including over-throwing an open Reueben Randle in the back of the end zone for what should have been a touchdown.
The Giants conclude this mandatory mini-camp on Thursday with a practice that begins at 10 a.m. It should be an interesting day as assistant coaches will be available to the media following practice. That means an opportunity to hear from new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.