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New York Giants Training Camp, Aug. 13: Practice Takeaways

News and notes from Giants’ practice

NFL: New York Giants-Training Camp William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Injury News

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.

Not to be out-done, Odell Beckham Jr. did an Odell Beckham thing and made a routine-looking one-handed leaping touchdown catch:

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.

Kicking Competition

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.

Odds And Ends

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.

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.

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.

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.