EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants completed their third training camp practice on Sunday, and it included the first altercation of the new season. There were also a few football-related things of note that happened, so let’s get started.
A Little Dust-Up
The Giants were running some sprints, which head coach Ben McAdoo had some other fancy-sounding name for, near the end of a two-hour practice when Janoris Jenkins appeared to throw a punch at safety Eric Pinkins. The altercation was quickly broken up.
What happened? Why? Right now, I’m not sure.
“You know how it is with family,” McAdoo said. “Some of the best dust-ups you’re ever in are with your family.”
Jadar Johnson Retirement
As Chris reported earlier, undrafted rookie free agent safety Jadar Johnson left camp and announced his retirement from football on Sunday.
“I wish the man nothing but the best,” McAdoo said. “Young man that has a bright future ahead of him.”
Truth be told, I missed the Jackrabbit punch because, thinking nothing interesting would happen during sprints, I was compiling quarterback stats for the day. They are unofficial, so if I’m off by a couple of throws overall, so be it. Here they are:
Eli Manning (11-of-16)
Manning threw the ball well overall. If, however you are in the “Manning is turning into a noodle arm” camp you could point to two deep throws he missed Sunday. He underthrew Sterling Shepard, allowing Eli Apple to recover and bat away one deep attempt. On another, he was wide right trying to hit Odell Beckham Jr., who was locked up with Apple.
Josh Johnson (12-of-15, 1 interception)
One day after Geno Smith took second reps behind Manning, Sunday was Johnson’s turn. He took advantage. Johnson was pretty crisp. Nat Berhe intercepted a pass across the middle for Roger Lewis Jr., following a nice deflection by cornerback Michael Hunter.
Geno Smith (4-of-7)
Smith moved well for the second straight day. His most notable throw came when he missed a wide open Matt LaCosse on a deep ball down the seam. LaCosse had clearly beaten linebacker Deontae Skinner, and with no safety in the middle of the field this was a touchdown. Smith, though, overshot LaCosse by a couple of yards.
Davis Webb (6-of-10)
The rookie got only two reps in 11-on-11, completing a pair of easy checkdown throws. The rest of his action came in a 7-on-7 “opportunity” period for young players late in practice. He went only 4-of-8 during that stretch. Whether he was simply inaccurate, or the timing between Webb and a variety of young receivers wasn’t right, it didn’t look smooth.
Fans Were Fired Up
The bleachers were packed for Sunday’s practice, and those in attendance were into the action. Here’s a sample:
Good Or No Good?
Placekicker Aldrick Rosas got his first opportunity of training camp, and there is some debate as to how many of his four kicks he made. Officials under the goal posts appeared to signal that his final kick, from 44 yards, was no good. Both Rosas and McAdoo disagreed.
“I hit it clean,” Rosas said after practice. “In my eyes it’s a make.”
“I never second-guess officials, we know that,” McAdoo said. “So I’m going to go in and take a look at the tape. I thought that one snuck in there, but we’ll take a look at it.”
Running back Shane Vereen left practice early. McAdoo gave his standard “he was sore and we were smart and held him,” answer. McAdoo also gave the standard “lower body” injury description.
- Eli Apple had a nice day. He has been matched up with Odell Beckham Jr. a lot, and has done OK.
- Landon Collins was involved in a couple of pass break-ups.
- Mark Herzlich made a brief appearance on offense, catching a pass from Webb during the “opportunity” portion of practice.
- Wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. and cornerback Michael Hunter had a nice battle. Each made a couple of plays, Lewis with a long catch and Hunter with a pass defensed leading to the Berhe interception.
The More You Can Do
Coaches and players like to say that the more things a player can do the better his chances are of sticking around. Enter the case of Jordan Williams.
Listed on the roster as a defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 276-pound Williams has been doing considerable work at defensive tackle. Since the spring, he has also been learning to long snap. He got an an opportunity to do that in a couple of drills on Sunday, and the results weren’t great. Five good to acceptable punt snaps in eight attempts. That’s not going to cut it.
Larry Donnell Is A Raven
Pads Are Coming
The Giants are off on Monday. When they return to practice on Tuesday, they will be in shoulder pads for the first time. They will likely be in full pads on Wednesday, though McAdoo has not confirmed that.