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Giants Pat Shurmur pleased with professionalism shown in joint practices

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Two practices with Lions have been completed

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The second joint practice between the New York Giants and Detroit Lions is in the books. Check out our practice report from Jeremy Reisman of SB Nation’s Pride of Detroit. Below, takeaways from the press briefing held on Wednesday by Giants coach Pat Shurmur.

Professionalism lauded

Wednesday’s practice reportedly got a little more physical than Tuesday’s, but Shurmur said he was happy with the way players conducted themselves.

“Competitive. You could tell the guys were grinding through that, but again, we didn’t have any injuries to speak of, a couple nagging things I’m sure, but for the most part I was proud of the professionalism that our guys showed,” he said. “It gets a little chippy sometimes. Detroit did a great job and I think because we set the ground rules for this thing at least until this point, really both teams have gotten a lot of really good work. I think that’s part of being a pro, is being able to do things in different settings and get a lot out of it.”

“One of your favorite guys”

Shurmur has learned to appreciate Janoris Jenkins, the cornerback who prefers to be called “Jackrabbit.”

“He’s an outstanding football player and he’s so competitive. It’s hard for him not to become one of your favorite guys because he’s tough, he’s competitive, he loves to compete, and I just think he’s a really good player,” Shurmur said.

Thursday’s joint practice

The Giants and Lions will hold a lighter practice on Thursday.

“We’re going to come in tomorrow. It (won’t be) very competitive, but we’re just going to work together and it’ll be a practice setting where we just kind of work through situations,” Shurmur said.

Injured players still on the field

Shurmur likes, whenever possible, to have injured players outside with the team watching practice rather than inside away from the team

“I think what’s important about practice is we talk often about mental reps, and just because you don’t get the rep doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for seeing what happened and try to visualize what you’d do if you were out there, so there’s plenty time in a day,” he said. “As long as they can defend themselves and it’s not a lower leg injury of some sort or something where they need immediate attention, I think it’s important for them to be out there.”