The first practice of 2014 training camp for the New York Giants has come and gone. Let's take a look at what we learned.
Let's get this stuff out of the way right away.
-- Linebacker Jameel McClain, filling in at middle linebacker for Jon Beason while Beason rehabs his broken foot, had his shoe off at one point and head coach Tom Coughlin sounded somewhat concerned.
"He thought it was a shoe issue, an irritation in his foot, but it was over one of the metatarsals, so [the medical staff] brought him in to look at that. He is the one guy right now that other than heat [related absences], that it will be interesting to see what the discussion is inside," Coughlin said.
With Beason already down, the Giants can ill-afford to have McClain join him.
Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, it appears that McClain should be OK
Source: X-rays on Giants LB Jameel McClain's foot were negative. If McClain experience soreness on Wednesday t/ team may follow up w/ an MRI— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 22, 2014
-- Speaking of Beason, Coughlin said "I think he is making really good progress" in his recovery from a broken sesamoid bone.
-- Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. missed some work during OTAs and mini-camp with a hamstring injury. He caused concern when he pulled up on a deep ball from Eli Manning, failing to finish the route and allowing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to make an easy interception. Beckham returned later and fielded a punt, although he did no further work in team drills. Coughlin did not know if there was an issue with Beckham. The coach did say Beckham has "got some work to do."
-- Brandon Mosley, competing for the job at right guard, was carted off with what appeared to be a heat-related issue fairly early in practice. Temperatures did hover around the 90-degree mark during the afternoon workout. The Giants announced Tuesday evening that Mosley left with an upset stomach. Linebacker Spencer Adkins and offensive tackle Charles Brown also left the field with heat-related issues.
-- The only player on the roster who did not practice was Beason. That's a far cry from recent years when so many Giants would be sidelined that the team had a hard time finding enough players to run certain drills.
Coughlin was asked about Manning saying he was "a little nervous" learning a new offense for the first time in his career.
"That's what all of this was done for," Coughlin said. "We don't want anybody around here comfortable."
-- This was a really busy practice for rookie second-round pick Weston Richburg. With Mosley going down early and John Jerry taking only a few snaps in his first practice back from knee surgery, Richburg was a workhorse. He took quite a few first-team reps at right guard in Mosley's spot, and took the second- and third-team reps at center.
-- Steve Weatherford has apparently started a tradition he might want to discontinue. A year ago, Weatherford shanked the first punt he hit in training camp. Tuesday, same thing. Weatherford recovered and hit quite a few terrific punts.
-- A little like Jerry, left tackle Will Beatty took a handful of snaps. Charles Brown did most of the first-team work at that spot, though.
-- The first-team defense featured, Mathias Kiwanuka at left end, Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson at the tackles and rookie fifth-round pick Devon Kennard at strong side linebacker. The lineup, obviously is subject to change. One thing seems obvious, though. The Giants really like what they see from Kennard.
-- David Wilson didn't do much until the tail end of practice, when the Giants were running 7-on-7 drills. During that phase Wilson caught several swing passes out of the backfield, something Giants fans likely want to see a lot more of.
-- Speaking of backs catching the ball, rookie Andre Williams made a nice grab of a swing pass from Manning early in 11-on-11 drills. That is significant because the fourth-round pick had zero catches last season at Boston College, and his hands are a question mark.
-- Safety Cooper Taylor intercepted a Ryan Nassib pass that was intended for tight end Kellen Davis. The ball popped up in the air after appearing to clang off Davis's shoulder pad, and Taylor was there to grab it.
-- Nassib didn't have a great day. The interception may or may not have been his fault. He also fumbled a snap.