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Giants Training Camp: Monday Morning Practice Report

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The moment we have all been waiting for took place this morning at New York Giants Training Camp. Safety Kenny Phillips practiced for the first time.

Phillips did some work during the individual drills at the start of practice, then took a few snaps with the second team during 11-on-11 drills. Phillips took two plays in each session, a total of about four plays that I saw during the 11-on-11 stuff. [The Giants are saying Phillips got about a dozen snaps, but that must be including plays that were not 'live' 11-on-11 plays.]

Head coach Tom Coughlin said Phillips will not play in next Monday's exhibition opener against the New York Jets.

[For more on Phillips, including some quotes from KP, check out SB Nation New York.]

Here are some other practice notes from a session held in shorts and shells.

  • Rookie linebacker Phillip Dillard started the first real altercation of camp this morning, showing the guts to challenge Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee. Don't know what started it, but the players had to be separated.
  • Kevin Boss has not worked since Friday. Originally it was thought that Boss was just resting his surgically repaired ankle. Coughlin, however, said Boss has a sore hamstring due to favoring the ankle during early practices.
  • Sinorice Moss did not practice due to a sore groin, and Coughlin said the veteran receiver "needs to get back quick."
  • That might be because undrafted free agent Tim Brown continued to impress, making a couple of nice catches this morning.
  • Shaun O'Hara, Deon Grant, Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard returned to practice today.
  • Will Beatty left the field for a while after getting poked in the eye. He returned a few minutes later, however, and did get some first-unit snaps at left tackle with David Diehl inside.
  • The Mathias Kiwanuka at linebacker move is one that is apparently not going to go away. Kiwanuka took two series at linebacker today, one paired with Clint Sintim on the other side and one paired opposite Michael Boley. Kiwanuka also took snaps at right defensive end. Don't laugh, but Dave Tollefson also lined up at linebacker for a few snaps. Continuing the shuffling, Chris Canty played a series at right defensive end.
  • A couple of outstanding deep throws by Rhett Bomar to Victor Cruz this morning, including one dropped sweetly between three defenders.
  • Bear Pascoe beat Antrel Rolle down the seam for a nice catch as Pascoe continues to look like a player who should be on the season-opening roster.