Here is your Wednesday evening New York Giants practice report. I will give you these for however many days I am in New Jersey to watch the Giants at the Timex Performance Center.
Jim Cordle, a center trying to make the team as a backup, escaped what looked like it was the first catastrophic injury of camp. On a live kickoff coverage/return drill Cordle was victimized when he got caught in the middle of a huge collision. The action was 50-60 yards away from reporters, and I could not see who the returner was -- or who laid the hit -- but head coach Tom Coughlin was not happy about it.
"That was not pretty there," Coughlin said. "it would be the first time that I came into a situation where I felt good about yelling at a guy for being overly aggressive. The term that I use all the time is, you've got to be smart. It is one team and you can't lose anybody."
Cordle laid on the ground momentarily, then had to be assisted off the field. He returned later, though, working in some of the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 action.
Wide receiver Devin Thomas appeared to roll an ankle on a kickoff return early in practice, but showed no ill effects later in practice. On one play he blew past Bruce Johnson by 8-10 yards to haul in a long pass from Sage Rosenfels that went for a touchdown.
Rough night for Victor Cruz, the star of the 2010 training camp. A pair of drops during practice by Cruz on perfectly thrown balls by Eli Manning.
It looks like Kevin Boss might be heading to the Oakland Raiders. It might not be a coincidence that there were an awful lot of balls thrown in the direction of Travis Beckum Wednesday evening, all of which he caught. When asked if Beckum would have a bigger role this season, Coughlin said "that's the plan." My guess is, many of you will be glad to hear it.
Speaking of tight ends, Jake Ballard also had a nice night. He hauled in about a half-dozen passes.
Ryan Perrilloux, the young quaterback the Giants signed out of the UFL before the lockout began, has a tremendous arm. He showed it off with a couple of great throws on deep outs, one to Beckum and one to Ballard. Of course, Perrilloux also threw the night's only interception, a badly thrown ball intended for Jerrel Jernigan that Brian Witherspoon hauled in.
As had been hinted at earlier in the day by safeties coach Dave Merritt, Terrell Thomas worked in the slot as the third linebacker -- the role Deon Grant played last season -- when Perry Fewell's defense lined up with just two linebackers. On one play, Mario Manningham ran right by Thomas for an easy touchdown on a pass from Manning. By the way, Manning threw the ball exceptionally well Wednesday night.
Kenny Phillips would have sacked Manning on one play where he blitzed from the left side and got to the quarterback untouched, eliciting whoops of delight from the defensive players and coaches.
Undrafted free agent fullback Henry Hynoski is getting all the reps at fullback right now with Bear Pascoe unable to practice yet due to the CBA not being finalized. He didn't do anything special Wednesday night, but the reps have to help his chances.
Couple of nice defensive plays of note. Chris Canty batted down a Manning pass at the line of scrimmage, and Phillip Dillard got a nice break on a pass from Perrilloux to Beckum, breaking it up.