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Giants news, 8/2: Players see ‘Snacks’ as a leader, Kenneth Durden, more

Let’s see what’s happening as training camp rolls on

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are a few items of interest to get your Giants Day off on the right foot.

Damon Harrison leads, even if he doesn’t want to

‘Snacks’ doesn’t want to be considered an out front, vocal team leader. He has made that clear over the years, and reiterated it on Wednesday that he would lead “if the situation calls for it,” but believes others are better-suited.

His defensive teammates, though, already consider the big man a leader.

“He most definitely is, just because he knows what he’s doing,” fellow tackle Robert Thomas said. “You can definitely tell that he loves this game. He has a passion for this game, and he knows what he’s doing in this game. He’s what you’re striving to be like. This is what you’re trying to be, this is what you want your game to become.”

“Snacks has always been a great influencer,” second-year tackle Dalvin Tomlinson said. “He’s always just helping me get better each and every play. When I’m in the game, or even on the sideline, he’s always coaching me up, teaching me techniques and things to see and notice on the field like I wouldn’t even ever look for. Snacks is just a great guy and he’s helping me improve my game in every way possible.”

Kenneth Durden’s second chance

When the Giants selected cornerback Sam Beal in the Supplemental Draft, they cut Kenneth Durden to make room on the roster. When they placed Beal on IR, Durden got a second chance. So far, he’s doing well with it.

“He has flashed. He has gotten his hands on a couple of balls,” head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday. “He was out there competing, we like what we’ve seen so far. Unfortunately, sometimes when you are shaping up the roster, a guy may be let go and it’s less about him and more about what you are trying to do. So we have liked him all the way and now he is back with us.”

Practice schedule change

If you are planning to head out to Giants practice today, get going! The Giants will practice at 10:45 a.m. ET. Until now, they had been practicing at 2:45 p.m.

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