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Giants mini-camp, day 3: Giants 'set the tone' for training camp

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Players are off until reporting for training camp on July 30.

Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants concluded veteran mini-camp Thursday with a workout of slightly more than an hour.

"We worked hard [this spring). We have a long way to go," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "We kind of set the the tone for when we come back.

"We look forward to getting back here and getting to work on this upcoming season."

Coughlin said players will report for training camp on July 30.

The Giants end a spring that had its good and bad moments. Losing Will Beatty to a torn pectoral muscle and having Odell Beckham Jr. miss most of the spring with more hamstring troubles were bad. The showings of young players like first-round pick Ereck Flowers and second-round pick Landon Collins were good, as was the noticeable difference in the familiarity players have with the offense and the pace at which they are moving.

Here are few notes from the final mini-camp practice.

  • No drone flying overhead today, but Archie Manning was in attendance at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
  • Two safeties sat out practice. Rookie Mykkele Thompson and second-year man Bennett Jackson were sidelined. Coughlin said Thompson has a "slight hamstring strain," but didn't identify why Jackson was held out of the workout.
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hobbled off the field and went to a trainer after covering Dwayne Harris on a deep route, but came back in a few plays later.
  • Chykie Brown intercepted Ricki Stanzi on a ball thrown for Ben Edwards. At the end of practice, Edwards, an undrafted free agent wide receiver, walked gingerly off the field with wat appeared to be an undetermined leg injury.
  • Coughlin was unhappy with a couple of false start penalties during a punt coverage drill, dropping a few unprintables on his charges.
  • Rookie defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa took defensive reps, the first time he has done significant work since early in OTAs. There were a few plays wehre Odighizuwa and Flowers were matched up, with Flowers seeming to get the better of most of those match-ups. Don't pass any judgment on that, though, since Odighizuwa was seeing what I believe was his first real action.

Stay tuned. More from mini-camp coming later today.