Big Blue View couldn’t make it to training camp today, but we still have you covered as the New York Giants prepare for the 2017 season.
The Giants were back on the practice field Sunday, after their opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The biggest takeaway from the Giants’ first preseason game is that the team made it through relatively unscathed. Just LB Calvin Munson and S Duke Ihenacho emerged from the game injured, and the Giants got other players back on Sunday.
Did Not Practice
- RB Shaun Draughn (ankle)
- LB J.T. Thomas III (knee, PUP)
- LB Calvin Munson (ankle)
- S Duke Ihenacho (hamstring)
- TE Colin Thompson (Appendix)
Wide receiver Kevin Norwood appeared to be injured while running a route during practice and had to be helped off the field. Coach Ben McAdoo said Norwood suffered a hip injury.
Rookie tight end Colin Thompson wasn’t at practice after having his appendix removed Saturday. As excuses go, that’s a pretty good one.
Returned To Practice
- DT Robert Thomas
- LBs Keenan Robinson
- LB Mark Herzlich
- WR Sterling Shepard
Big Plays Were The Order Of The Day
Tight end Matt LaCosse didn’t do much to distinguish himself against the Steelers, but he stood out in practice Sunday with a fantastic leaping reception of a Josh Johnson pass.
Matt LaCosse with a nifty leaping grab. #Giants pic.twitter.com/jdFLPrO890— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) August 13, 2017
Not to be out-done, Odell Beckham Jr. did an Odell Beckham thing and made a routine-looking one-handed leaping touchdown catch:
The whistle blew, but @OBJ_3 had a one-handed catch to make! pic.twitter.com/uIlhp8rXKc— New York Giants (@Giants) August 13, 2017
Or at least it would have been an amazing touchdown if the play hadn’t been blown dead by an Olivier Vernon “sack.”
On the defensive side of the ball, CB Donte Deayon shut down the starting offense’s two-minute drill with an interception.
INTERCEPTION! @AyoItsND with the takeaway for the defense in the 2 minute drill! #GiantsCamp— New York Giants (@Giants) August 13, 2017
We gave rookie Aldrick Rosas the edge in the kicking competition following his 52-yard field goal against the Steelers — a kick that looked as though it would have been good from 60 yards.
He nosed ahead some more today when Mike Nugent went 2-4, missing two short-range field goals.
Mike Nugent just missed two of his FG attempts from in close ... here's one: pic.twitter.com/qXWHHINZDe— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 13, 2017
Odds And Ends
Geno is getting first crack at 2nd team reps.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 13, 2017
While far from perfect, Geno Smith got our nod in the back-up quarterback competition with his work against Pittsburgh. It looks as though he got rewarded for his play Friday night.
Jerrell Adams is having himself a nice practice so far.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 13, 2017
Jerell Adams played well against Pittsburgh, and has been playing fast and confidently in camp. It looks as though the 2016 sixth-round pick is looking to take a larger role for himself.
Jay Bromley and DJ Fluker both had a nice 2-minute drill series.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 13, 2017
Both players were impressive against the Steelers as well. Jay Bromley flashed with the first team, making plays in the backfield and against the run. D.J. Fluker played right guard with the second team and looked good on Smith’s first drive. He picked up the blitz well in pass protection while showing power and “nasty” in the run game.
Finally, practice was so well attended that the Giants had to turn fans away.
Due to a capacity crowd at #GiantsCamp today we will no longer be admitting fans. We appreciate the turnout and support!— New York Giants (@Giants) August 13, 2017
Monday will be the Giants’ final practice that is open to the public, but the media can attend full practice until the third preseason game.