EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The second practice of training camp for the New York Giants is history. Let’s break it down a little bit differently today, going through a handful of plays — and events — that tell the story of the day.
Dave Gettleman makes appearance
OK, it’s not a play and this is really supposed to be about plays. Still, I have to mention Gettleman’s appearance. Seeming upbeat, strong and carrying a message about what the truly important things are in life, Gettleman spent about 10 minutes talking to media.
I will have more on Gettleman’s presser in a Sunday ‘Valentine’s Views.’ For now, let’s just say it was uplifting to see the determined 67-year-old GM as he battles Lymphoma.
Now, let’s get to some plays.
Odell goes deep
If Odell Beckham Jr isn’t 100 percent healthy defensive backs need to be very, very scared. After catching a few short routes on Thursday, Beckham and Eli Manning connected on their first deep route of camp Friday.
On what appeared to be a long-developing crossing route, Beckham outran Landon Collins, corralled a terrific throw from Manning with one hand, then brought it in with two.
The takeaway? Beckham can still run and make acrobatic catches. Oh, and Manning can still deliver the deep ball.
Let’s not bother to mention that Collins returned the favor later, stepping in front of Beckham to pick off an off-target Manning toss.
Grant Haley goes for the double
Haley, an undrafted rookie free agent corner, picked off a Manning deep ball when there appeared to be some confusion with two receivers running into the same area. On the next snap, Haley nearly came down with an interception of Kyle Lauletta on a similar deep ball. This one was well thrown, accurate, on time and with enough zip, Haley just made a better play.
The Giants are going to need corners to emerge. Friday was the first time we have really seen something from Haley for a while.
Lauletta goes for broke
A day after badly under-throwing a wide open Russell Shepard on a deep ball, the rookie from Richmond looked determined to answer questions about his arm strength. He turned loose a handful of accurate, quality longer throws.
His best was probably a deep sideline throw to Alonzo Russell into a tight window with Chris Lewis-Harris in pretty good position.
Honestly, Friday is probably the best I have seen Lauletta throw the ball.
Weather plays havoc with practice
Again not a play, but important. Friday’s practice was supposed to be outside, with fans in attendance. Threatening skies and lightning shortly before practice forced the giants indoors, and sent disappointed fans home.
After the storm came and went, the sun came out and the Giants went outside to finish practice. Unfortunately, more lightning ended practice a few minutes early.
“Kudos,” incidentally, to the handful of kids who stuck around behind the fence despite the storm. They were outside and couldn’t see, but could be heard yelling to — and at — players while the team was outside.
Just a couple of things to touch on.
- Damon Harrison once again did not practice. Head coach Pat Shurmur said “we had a plan for him coming in, so we’re going to stick with that and I think you’ll see him out there this weekend.”
- Undrafted free agent tight end Garrett Dickerson worked on the side with a trainer.
- Really nice day for tight end Jerell Adams, who caught a handful of passes. The third-year player has opened camp with a couple of good days.