The New York Giants got back to work on the practice field Sunday. The team is looking to correct the mistakes from their preseason debut against the Cleveland Browns but are also looking forward to their game against the Detroit Lions.
The Giants will be traveling to Detroit early to take part in joint practices with the Lions on Tuesday through Thursday before their second preseason game Friday night.
But for now, the Giants are still in the Meadowlands, and once again started practice in the late morning.
On the field!
As we have come to expect, the coaches started practice with individual drills to continue to work on fundamentals while the players are freshest and use that as a warm-up.
Enough warm-ups, let’s get on to the meat of practice.
Cody Latimer didn’t get on the board against the Browns, but he had a strong practice.
Latimer having a good practice so far. Just beat William Gay across field for another catch #Giants— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 12, 2018
Later in practice, in red zone drills, Latimer came down with a great catch for the touchdown.
The Giants are hoping to see a lot of that connection in 2018. Picking up where they left off in 2017, Eli also connected with Evan Engram for another touchdown.
The Giants are managing Manning’s reps a bit, which impacted the reps for the other quarterbacks.
First off, Kyle Lauletta has earned reps with the second team.
Kyle Lauletta getting second-team reps ... #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 12, 2018
Meanwhile, Webb got some reps with the 1’s.
Really nice throw by Davis Webb to Sterling Shepard as he broke open down the sideline. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 12, 2018
Of course, both young QBs had their struggles as well.
Kalif Raymond had Grant Haley beaten by about 1.5 steps deep down the sideline, but Kyle Lauletta overthew him about 60 yards downfield. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 12, 2018
Davis Webb’s arm strength gets him in a bit of trouble again. Sails a ball 3 feet over Hunter Sharp’s head in the flat. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 12, 2018
The defense also made some plays, and Kerry Wynn seems to have found life in the Giants’ new defense.
Davis Webb just dropped one in the bucket to Sterling Shepard down the left sideline, great throw. But then annual preseason MVP Kerry Wynn picks him off and takes it to the house. Quality celebration from Wynn and Eli Apple, too #Giants pic.twitter.com/3ZdfWyWjhc— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 12, 2018
The defense struggled with back-shoulder passes against the Browns, so it should be no surprise that Shurmur had the defense working on them in their first practice since the game.
Giants D had trouble the other night with the back-shoulder throws. So sure enough, there was a part of a period devoted to that today.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 12, 2018
At the bottom of the depth chart, receiver Alonzo Russell is making a push for the coaches’ attention.
Alonzo Russell has been having himself quite a practice today.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 12, 2018
WR Alonzo Russell is having himself a practice. Two long completions in a row down the right sideline, both from Alex Tanney. #GiantsPride— New York Giants (@Giants) August 12, 2018
Alonzo Russell leaps over Grant Haley and made the catch of the day. Haley had great position, but Russell just went up and got it. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 12, 2018
Since an ugly drop last week Alonzo Russell has been catching everything thrown his way.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) August 12, 2018
And now a note from the offensive line as Ereck Flowers has the good kind of noteworthy play against Kareem Martin.
Ereck Flowers just threw Kareem Martin to the ground in 1v1 pass rush drill. Say what you will about his technique, Flowers is a big strong man.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) August 12, 2018
The Giants had several players on the sidelines when practice started. Donte Deayon started camp strongly, but suffered a hamstring injury before the first preseason game. After Grant Haley’s strong showing against the Browns, Deayon must hope to get back on the field and fight for his (potential) roster spot.
Thompson suffered a hamstring injury during the game. Pat Shurmur said after practice that Barwin was “sore” after the game, so this is likely precautionary before what will be a hard and physical series of practices against Detroit. The situation does bear watching, however.
Despite giving up a bad sack of Eli Manning, Jon Halapio continues to be the starting center over Brett Jones. It will be interesting to see if Jones gets the chance to play with the 1’s in a game situation.
No notable depth chart changes after the first preseason game. Halapio getting all the first-team reps at center.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 12, 2018
And in a final sad note, James Bettcher wasn’t out at practice, and Pat Shurmur revealed after practice wrapped up that Bettcher’s mother passed away last week. He will rejoin the team when travel to Detroit, but for now our deepest condolences to Coach Bettcher and his family.