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Sights and sounds of Giants’ camp: Pads come back on at practice

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The Giants have their first padded practice before facing the Jets

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The New York Giants held their first padded practice of the week on Monday morning. And once they got out on the field, things started to look even more like football than they had earlier in training camp.

With their annual preseason game against the New York Jets — which is always the third preseason game — looming, the Giants will be treating this week more like a regular season game week than previous preseason weeks. That means that they will be game-planning specifically for the Jets, which showed on Monday when the starting defense practiced against a scout team offense.

On the practice field

Team period

The Giants got started in their team period with Eli Manning connecting with Evan Engram on what appears to be a variation on a “sail concept”. That concept uses a vertical route and two crossing routes to overload one side of the defense while giving the quarterback an easy three-level read. The design is clever, putting the shallow and intermediate routes on the opposite side of the field from the vertical route.

But then the defense seemed to take over.

And in a note on B.W. Webb at slot corner, he has had some success there in a limited sample size.

Meanwhile, Donte Deayon is back on the field for the Giants’ padded practice.

This was a strong practice for the Giants’ defense, who outright dominated the offense at times.

Shurmur said after practice on Sunday afternoon that the team would actively game-plan for the Jets, getting in to the habit as they look ahead to the Jacksonville Jaguars. We have our first confirmation of that.

The second-team offense did get a couple shots in, including this from Davis Webb to fullback Shane Smith. Smith hasn’t had a big impact on the box score in either preseason game, but that he is showing that he can be useful in the passing game is helping his chances to make the final 53-man roster.

The defense had a strong finish to a strong practice with Alec Ogletree picking off Eli Manning in coverage down the field.

After practice, Saquon Barkley, and other Giants, met with fans and signed autographs.

Personnel notes

  • New addition Jhurell Pressley and Wayne Gallman were the second-team running backs this practice.
  • Donte Deayon is back on the field in full pads after missing time with a hamstring injury. Also, Curtis Riley remains the starting free safety while B.W. Webb ran with the starters as the slot corner.