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Giants training camp: Takeaways from Day 2 of practice

Fans in attendance for first time, and some practice notes

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Two training camp practices are now in the books for the New York Giants. Let’s take a look at some of the takeaways from Saturday’s session, the first in front of fans.

Apparently, the Cowboys suck

Saturday’s practice was open to the public, and a fan who dared to wear a Tony Romo jersey drew an unwelcome reaction from those sitting near him.

Speaking of Giants fans

Coach Ben McAdoo was appreciative of those who showed up to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Saturday.

“It was great to have the fans here,” McAdoo said. “When they opened the gates it was like a seas of red, white and blue coming in here.”

Victor Cruz practices again

Wide receiver Victor Cruz, trying to come back from a torn patella tendon and a calf injury that have kept him out of the last 26 Giants games, practiced fully Saturday for a second straight day.

Larry Donnell making his mark

The veteran tight end who missed the last half of the 2015 season had a couple of nice catches during Saturday’s practice and drew praise from McAdoo.

“He made a couple plays down the middle of the field,” McAdoo said. “Winning down the middle of field is huge for this offense and he can definitely do that for us.”

McAdoo was also asked on Saturday about how many tight ends he would keep. You can read more about that here.

Sterling Shepard “a pro”

Praising a rookie’s professionalism is one of the highest compliments that can be paid to an NFL player. Rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard Saturday earned such a plaudit from his head coach.

“He seems like a young pro. He seems like a young man who is committed to his craft,” McAdoo said.

(Read more about Shepard from Chris Pflum)

A new name in the wide receiver mix?

Tavarres King has been an afterthought in the discussion of which wide receivers would make the 53-man roster. Perhaps we should start paying more attention to the 26-year-old, who spent last season on the Giants practice squad after catching two passes in two games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014.

King had a long reception on a pass from Ryan Nassib Saturday, and drew praise from McAdoo.

“He’s walking around like a guy who feels like he’s earned his stripes and is ready to make that next jump,” McAdoo said. “It was good to see him make a play today.”

Next practice

The Giants will practice again Sunday at 10:40 a.m. They will be off on Monday and return to practice on Tuesday, when they are scheduled to wear pads for the first time.