Day 2 of 2014 training camp featured what might have been the first "halftime" break ever held during a Tom Coughlin-led practice. Midway through the New York Giants' two-hour plus practice, Coughlin sent players into the Quest Diagnostics Training Center practice bubble for a give-minute break. That came a day after several players did not make it through practice due to the intense heat.
"Breaks have been going on for a thousand years. I don't know how many camps you've been to," Coughlin said. "We had breeze and we had cloud cover, but I said I was going to do it, so I went ahead and did it."
First-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. is sidelined with a hamstring injury, the same hamstring that kept him out for much of the spring. Beckham injured the hamstring on a play Tuesday where he apparently got his feet tangled with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Beckham pulled up short, allowing Rodgers-Cromartie to make an interception.
"Who knows how long. You talk about hamstrings," said an obviously disappointed Coughlin. "Don't ask me. I have no idea."
Linebacker Jameel McClain practiced one day after leaving the field in discomfort and having his foot examined. "Little sore, but he was able to go," said Coughlin.
Left tackle Will Beatty impressed Coughlin on Wednesday, taking many more reps than he had on Tuesday. Beatty took the first reps of the day, and stayed on the field much longer than he had the first day of practice.
"He's doing a little bit more, and that's very encouraging," Coughlin said. "I'm giving him a lot of credit. He's not overdoing it, but he's doing more than was expected."
Adrien Robinson had a cheering section of one today, a boisterous fan who kept yelling encouragement to the third-year tight end. Maybe it worked. Robinson made a few nice catches Wednesday, including catching a nice seam route from Ryan Nassib.
Brandon Mosley was back Wednesday after leaving practice early Tuesday with stomach issues. Mosley split first-team rep with John Jerry, though it appeared Mosley took more reps.
Devon Kennard took some snaps at middle linebacker Wednesday after working exclusively at the strong side linebacker on Day 1.
During the field-goal portion of practice it was Brandon McManus taking kicks and not veteran Josh Brown. McManus was impressive, going 4-for-4 and booming the ball high.
The difficulty of counting on Trindon Holliday as a wide receiver showed up early in practice. Holliday broke open deep down the right sideline but simply could not reach a well-thrown ball from Eli Manning. Reality is, just about any other receiver on the Giants' roster would have hauled it in. Holliday also dropped a comeback route from Nassib during 7-on-7 drills.
The day was a mixed bag for Nassib. He made several excellent throws in 7-on-7 drills. Facing a pass rush in 11-on-11 drills, however, he threw one ugly interception when he appeared to try to get rid of a ball from his knees and C.J. Barnett picked him off. He also missed a couple of open receivers.
Manning threw several nice passes. His best connection of the day might have been a deep out to Rueben Randle on which it appeared that Randle turned Prince Amukamara around and got himself wide open.
For the second straight day, rookie running back Andre Williams was used in goal-line situations with the first team.
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