EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The big story of the day from New York Giants training camp was the ankle injury sustained during practice by wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Initial reports seem to indicate that the news on Shepard is as good as could have been hoped. So, let’s move on to what else we saw during practice.
Day Of Rest For JPP
Jason Pierre-Paul spent Wednesday in sweats, watching his teammates practice in full pads. Pierre-Paul said “nothing is wrong with me,” and added that head coach Ben McAdoo simply wanted him to take a day off.
“I’ll be out there tomorrow,” he said.
“After studying the information and the data and the history of the player I felt it was best for JPP to take a day today to do some rehab and get ready to go for tomorrow,” McAdoo said.
Mike Nugent Debuts
Veteran placekicker Mike Nugent, signed Tuesday to compete with Aldrick Rosas, saw his first action of training camp. Nugent went 4-of-4 on kicks ranging from 32 to 47 yards during a special teams phase of practice.
A Few More “Dust-Ups
Football practice. Full pads for the first time. Hot weather. Yep, tempers were bound to flare at Giants’ practice on Wednesday, and they did.
Linebacker B.J. Goodson was involved in a couple of scraps with offensive players after hits they objected to.
“B.J. Goodson’s been the most impressive guy I think so far in practices. He’s just been the most physical and I just love that,” Eli Apple said. “It’s really been setting a tempo for our defense and I guess sometimes the offense can get a little mad about some of the hits and stuff.”
Safety Eric Pinkins, at whom Janoris Jenkins threw a punch on Sunday, was also involved in a couple of “dust-ups,” including exchanging words with tight end Matt LaCosse. The two needed to be separated by a coach.
McAdoo appeared unconcerned.
“I didn’t see much. We had a couple dust-ups, nothing major. We had it under control,” McAdoo said. “We’re going to have a little bit of that. We have pads on. That’s healthy.”
Undrafted free agent offensive guard Jessamen Dunker was carted off with what McAdoo termed a foot injury. The severity was not yet known. Cornerback Valentino Blake did not practice due to back tightness. Wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris, who left Tuesday’s practice with a shoulder issue, was a full participant. Running back Shane Vereen and defensive end Devin Taylor worked on the side.
Davis Webb Gets “Opportunity”
Once again, rookie quarterback Davis Webb did not get any reps during the team portion of the practice. His only reps came during the
Webb went 6-of-7 during that stretch, including this nice touchdown throw to Travis Rudolph:
Herzlich Viable At Tight End
Mark Herzlich usually works with the offense during the “opportunity” period. He caught two passes from Webb on Wednesday, and McAdoo said he is a “viable” option at that spot.
“He’s viable. He’s doing it,” McAdoo said.
The Job Of A Fullback
I wrote on Tuesday about the fullback competition between Shane Smith and Jacob Huesman. Here is Smith, getting a first-team rep, popping linebacker Jonathan Casillas on Wednesday. Video from Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media.
Shane Smith meeting Jonathan Casillas in the hole. That's the sound of having a fullback... pic.twitter.com/Y9tM1cjQPS— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 2, 2017
The Giants will practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday before having an off day on Sunday. The Saturday practice will be closed to the public.
- Thursday, August 3 — 10:55 a.m.
- Friday, August 4 — 10:55 a.m.
- Tuesday, August 8 — 10:55 a.m.
- Wednesday, August 9 — 10:55 a.m.
- Sunday, August 13 — 11:10 a.m.
- Monday, August 14 — 10:55 a.m.