EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here are a few non-Odell Beckham Jr. notes from Tuesday’s New York Giants mandatory mini-camp workout.
Stars Of The Day
Tight end Matt LaCosse and wide receiver Sterling Shepard were the most noticeable offensive players. LaCosse caught a few passes and took some reps with the first team. Shepard caught a number of passes from Eli Manning, mostly on crossing routes over the middle.
Offensive guard Justin Pugh did not practice, with coach Ben McAdoo saying only that Pugh is “limited.” Darian Thompson and Eli Apple were not at practice, with McAdoo saying both had been excused due to illness. Wide receiver Kevin Snead (hamstring), tight end Rhett Ellison (calf) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (knee) worked on the side. Geno Smith (knee) had a brace on and did some work in 7-on-7 situations.
McAdoo said Ellison is getting closer to a full return, but that probably won’t come until training camp.
“He's pushing. He's chomping at the bit to get back,” McAdoo said. “I don't anticipate him going full go here in this mini-camp. I anticipate him for training camp.”
- Rookie tight end Evan Engram took a few snaps lined up inline with his hand in the ground. I still don’t believe we will see the Giants use him much that way this season, but now is a good time to experiment and see if he can do it.
- I didn’t list him among the stars of the day, but wide receiver Darius Powe had a few receptions. He spent last season on the practice squad.
- Eric Pinkins had an interception of Davis Webb, picking off a ball that had been batted at the line of scrimmage.
- McAdoo said Wednesday’s practice will be the team’s longest of the spring. After working for 1 hour, 40 minutes on Tuesday, the Giants are schedule for a two-hour, 10-minute practice on Wednesday.
- The Giants are encouraging players to cross train. We have seen Mark Herzlich and Jarron Jones work on both offense and defense. Guard Jon Halapio has played some center. Tuesday, 220-pound wide receiver Darius Powe tried his hand at tight end.