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New York Giants News, 8/3: Yes, Mark Herzlich Can Play Tight End

Let’s catch up on some of what is going on around Giants training camp

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Coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday that linebacker Mark Herzlich, who has also been practicing at tight end, is “viable” at that spot. How does Herzlich handle both roles? Well, for starters, he wears a white “offense” jersey under his blue “defense” jersey at practice.

“I take it off, put it on the ground, throw it behind where the huddle is and then go out there, do my seven-on-seven,” Herzlich said.

“Anytime you have a defensive guy and you give him an opportunity to put on a white shirt and go catch the ball,” McAdoo said, “they’re pretty excited to do it.”

Herzlich certainly is.

“It would be awesome to catch a pass in a game,” he said. “Not just to catch a pass, but catch a touchdown pass.”

Video via Tom Rock of Newsday

Tavarres King: “You Can’t Really Look Back”

Wide receiver Tavarres King didn’t get much of an opportunity to play last season until Week 17. He made impact plays in that game vs. the Washington Redskins and in the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Is he happy he did well, or bummed it took so long to get a chance?

“You know, you can’t really look back. You’ve got to look forward. I’m happy, I’m happy the way things went. I’m happy that I got an opportunity in the end and that I did well with the opportunity,” he said. “But now, like I said, it’s all about getting better and building on that. I want to build on that to help this team any way that I can.”

Landon Collins: Darian Thompson “Rightful” Starter

A year after missing the final 14 games with a foot injury, Darian Thompson has been working next to Landon Collins with the first-team defense. That is no surprise to Collins:

“I wasn’t surprised at all. I expected it. I expected him to be thrown right in like that, because that was his rightful place when he started, when we started the first game,” Collins said. “It was his rightful place to be thrown in there because he had to get the experience and have to be with the first team because he’s expected to play, so that’s big.”

Paul Perkins Farther Along This Season

NFL rules forced Paul Perkins to miss OTAs last season while waiting for his class at UCLA to graduate. This year, Perkins has no such handicap.

“I’m not playing catch up as opposed to last year. So, it’s good getting the hang of the playbook, getting a feel for the guys, the offensive lineman, the defense,” he said. “I feel really confident.”

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