The New York Giants were back to practice Sunday afternoon. They players took Saturday to recover — and get treatment if necessary — following their preseason game against the Detroit Lions. The coaches, meanwhile used Saturday to break down and evaluate the tape from Friday night’s game.
The team had a “quick, light practice” without pads as they look to address the mistakes made against the Lions before turning their sights toward the New York Jets on Friday. Whether or not the Giants intended to make Sunday’s practice a lighter one, the grey, drizzly weather might have influenced the decision.
It was back to the field for the Giants, even if it was a slightly soggy field.
#Giants back at it today... lite day pic.twitter.com/s28UnfE86C— Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan) August 19, 2018
For the first time in camp, the Giants introduced “crowd noise” into practice. Perhaps to get them ready for their annual game against the Jets, in which the intra-city rivalry is played out.
Team red zone w/“crowd noise” pic.twitter.com/vaErGCcGWh— Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan) August 19, 2018
Defensive coordinator James Bettcher coaching up his players @EliteSportsNY #GiantsPride #NYG pic.twitter.com/CBbVeTqDJi— Jason Leach (@JasonKLeach) August 19, 2018
And, of course, Odell Beckham Jr. warmed up in his customary fashion.
Back to work after a W #GiantsCamp pic.twitter.com/TLrN92QgqE— New York Giants (@Giants) August 19, 2018
In one potential change coming from the Lions’ game, second team inside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was spotted playing with the first team on Sunday.
Ray-Ray Armstrong and Alec Ogletree the ILBs in the nickel defense today.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 19, 2018
Armstrong has played well for the Giants in practice and has showed off his range against the Lions and the Cleveland Browns. His range in coverage could help deal with running backs and tight ends while Alec Ogletree puts his ability as a blitzer to use.
On the offensive side of the ball, Jonathan Stewart is the starting running back — despite strong play from Wayne Gallman.
Jonathan Stewart working with the first team offense. #GiantsPride #NYG pic.twitter.com/4ZqBzBurQ9— Jason Leach (@JasonKLeach) August 19, 2018
Shurmur said that the team would adapt and adjust to the injuries at the running back position, and part of doing so was to use Kaliff Raymond as a runner with the third team offense. Fullback Shane Smith was also used as a running back.
5-9, 160 pound WR Kalif Raymond taking reps at RB with the third-team offense.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 19, 2018
In the passing game, Eli Manning was reportedly sharp throughout practices in Detroit and has apparently carried that through to Sunday’s practice.
Eli has been sharp today in practice. Four straight completions to OBJ, Latimer, Gallman and Latimer again— Jason Leach (@JasonKLeach) August 19, 2018
Manning connecting with @CodyLatimer14 in 11 on 11. @EliteSportsNY #GiantsPride #NYG pic.twitter.com/2YeiLZ4u7t— Jason Leach (@JasonKLeach) August 19, 2018
Offense almost had a touchdown but Sterling Shepard couldn't hold on. @EliteSportsNY #GiantsPride #NYG pic.twitter.com/iHrx3hSte3— Jason Leach (@JasonKLeach) August 19, 2018
- Saquon Barkley, Connor Barwin, and Darian Thompson remain out. They’re joined by Jalen Simmons (concussion), Thurston Armbrister, and Calvin Munson (concussion).
- Donte Deayon, Travis Rudolph, and Ryan O’Malley are back at practice.
Barkley on the side with a trainer now. Same goes for Connor Barwin, Darian Thompson, Jalen Simmons and Thurston Armbrister. Calvin Munson just watching. Donte Deayon, Travis Rudolph and Ryan O’Malley are back https://t.co/im3w4nNamq— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 19, 2018