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Giants Training Camp 2014: Odell Beckham Jr. takes step forward

Giants' first-round pick increases workload as he recovers from hamstring injury.

Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz
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The New York Giants got through a relatively uneventful practice outside Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center despite overcast skies and some late-practice drizzle.

The best news of the day for the Giants was that first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. increased his workload, participating in 7-on-7 drills.

"We just need him to get practice," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "He's building up. He had a few snaps today."

Here is a solid quote from Coughlin, who was talking about Ben McAdoo saying earlier Tuesday that he is "not someone who is very patient by nature."

"Things never come as fast as you want them to come. You're never happy. There's always something that has to be addressed," Coughlin said. "That just goes with the territory."

That could apply not only to McAdoo, but to coaching in general -- and many facets of developing a football team.

Injury Update

Fullback John Conner (concussion), running back Peyton Hillis (foot), defensive tackle Mike Patterson (shoulder) and wide receiver/kick returner Trindon Holliday (hamstring) did not practice.

Coughlin sounded frustrated with Holliday, who has not practiced since early in training camp. Coughlin said he does not expect Holliday to return to practice this week. Conner should practice later this week, according to Coughlin, which would put him in line to play Saturday vs. the Indianapolis Colts.

Practice Notes

  • Curtis Painter took second-team reps for the second straight day.
  • One day after a spectacular performance, this was a quiet day for Corey Washington. One noticeable thing: During 1-on-1 receiver/cornerback drills Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie covered Washington during both of his turns. On the first one, Washington could not get off DRC's jam and never really got into his route. On the second one, Washington got outside Rodgers-Cromartie on a fade route and forced him into a blatant holding penalty.
  • Really rough day for Michael Cox. During kickoff return drills Cox -- functioning as an up back -- was corrected numerous times by Tom Quinn. Later in practice Cox muffed a kickoff and dropped a pass.
  • Mario Manningham had the dropsies for a second straight day, failing to haul in at least two passes he should have caught.
  • Tuesday was Brandon McManus' turn to kick during field-goal drills. Whether the windy conditions affected him is unknown, but he went only 2-for-4.
  • Eli Manning DOES remember who Victor Cruz is. He hit Cruz on a deep corner route at one point in practice. This was a beautifully thrown ball dropped just over the arms of Rodgers-Cromartie.
  • Beckham and Manning have work to do. The lone interception Tuesday vs. Manning came on a short pass across the middle for Beckham. Prince Amukamara made the pick. It wasn't clear if the ball glanced off Beckham's hands or if the timing was off. Jayron Hosley did intercept Painter, as well.