The biggest news from New York Giants training camp on Tuesday, the 'neck burner' suffered by running back David Wilson, has already been reported. There was other news from practice, including more injury news. So, let's get to that.
Wide receiver Reuben Randle did not practice due to a hamstring issue. Coughlin did not indicate the severity, saying just that Randle was "sore in the hamstring."
The Giants were in full pads Sunday and Monday, and the result on Tuesday was the most players they have had sidelined for any practice. In addition to Randle and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the following players did not practice:
-- Xavier Grimble, Trindon Holliday, Ross Weaver, Travis Howard, Everett Dawkins.
TC Talks Beckham
Tuesday morning, Beckham revealed that he and Coughlin had met to discuss the wide receiver's recovery from a hamstring issue, clearing the air if there were any misunderstandings about the injury or the player's efforts to get back on the field.
"We just had a discussion. Just player-coach, trying to get to know each other a little better," Coughlin said. "I see his frustration and he sees our frustration. But don't make it more than what it is. It's a coach wanting a player on the field and a player wanting a player on the field."
Play Of The Day
For the second straight day, Larry Donnell turned in the play of the day. In a red zone situation, Donnell leaped high in the corner of the end zone to make a one-handed grab of an Eli Manning pass. Donnell was being defended on the play by the 6-foot-5 Cooper Taylor. On Monday, Donnell hauled in a Ryan Nassib pass with a dive and a subsequent somersault.
The defensive play of the day was a pick six from Trumaine McBride. McBride stepped in front of Marcus Harris to grab a Curtis Painter pass along the sideline.
The ugliest play of the day was an option pass Peyton Hillis tried unsuccessfully -- and pitifully -- to deliver to Larry Donnell. The tight end was wide open, but Hillis' effort came up well short. If the Giants ever run an option pass in a game, Hillis won't be the one throwing it.
Jerrel Jernigan Still Can't Catch Punts
Jernigan is now in his fourth year in the league, and for the first three the Giants worked to try to take advantage of his speed and elusiveness by giving him chances to win the punt return job. These days, Jernigan functions mostly at wide receiver and also gets kickoff return reps. With Randle and Holliday out of practice and Beckham catching only a couple of punts, Jernigan took punt return reps on Tuesday.
The result? You guessed it. He dropped two. The first one clanged off his shoulder pads, getting Coughlin to scream "Let's go. Catch the ball." A couple of minutes later, Jernigan dropped another one. It's safe to say we won't see him back there in game situations.
Eli And The 70 Percent Goal
We won't do this every day, but we once again tracked every throw Eli Manning made on Tuesday. Throwing mostly short passes, Manning went 13-of-15 (86.6 percent) and had one on-target pass knocked out of the hands of Jernigan by a defensive back (we couldn't see which one).
Today was an "up" day for up-and-down tight end Adrien Robinson. He made a handful of quality catches. After victimizing safety Kyle Sebetic on an out route and catching a pass from Painter, Robinson yelled "that's easy money."
The Defense Is Practicing, Too
With all the attention on the Giants' offense, we haven't focused much on the defense. Here are a few notes from the guys trying to stop the offense.
-- The Giants experimented today with moving some players around. Mathias Kiwanuka was in the stand-up 'joker' role a few times, and dropped into coverage once.
-- Defensive end Robert Ayers whipped James Brewer, playing right tackle, to get in the backfield and stop Rashad Jennings. Coughlin's reaction? An "Are you kidding me?" which appeared directed at Brewer.
-- Johnathan Hankins had a "sack" of Eli Manning. Truth is, this was a coverage sack which resulted from Manning looking deep for Victor Cruz and ending up with nowhere to throw the ball.