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Sights and sounds of Giants’ training camp: Beckham speaks, Eli Apple hobbles off

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A chippy practice and a sudden concern in the secondary for the Giants

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Saturday marked the last of four New York Giants practices before their second off day on Sunday.

The team is trying to strike a balance between getting players ready for the rigors of the season without over-working them and giving them a chance to get ready for their pre-season games. While Saturday also marks the second-to-last of the Giants’ practices which are open to the public, we will continue to bring you the sights and sounds of Giants’ camp.

So, without further ado, let’s get to it!

First up is the news at the start of the day, Odell Beckham speaking to the media for the first time since his ankle injury 10 months ago.

After media availability was over, it was time to get to the field.

Practice follows the familiar pattern and its individual drills after warm-ups:

Once team drills started, the Giants’ defense started to swarm. Janoris Jenkins, Michael Thomas, and others came up with picks, while Eli Manning got “sacked.”

The offense got theirs in, with Evan Engram making up for his drops on Friday and Sterling Shepard making a catch down the field.

Engram and Eli Apple got into it a bit later on to the displeasure of Pat Shurmur, who sent both to the sideline.

Team period resumed after the on-field meeting and TE Jerell Adams finished off the red zone work with a last-second touchdown.

Fade to ... Jerell Adams ends the team period at the buzzer #nygiants

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The big Apple scare

The Giants are holding breath as Eli Apple, who already made camp news by getting in to a scuffle with Evan Engram went down with an apparent knee injury during the team period.

The Giants have to hope that Apple is okay. They have gambled heavily on Jenkins and Apple, both to have bounce-back seasons and to stay healthy.

We’ll have more on Apple as we get it, but the fact that he stayed outside rather than go in for further treatment or evaluation is encouraging.

Personnel notes:

  • Saquon Barkley did not get any team period reps.
  • For the second day in a row, Brett Jones was getting reps as the starting center:

This is a true competition, however, and Jon Halapio is not out of the running yet. Don’t be surprised if the competition runs through the preseason. There is much more tape on Jones at center than Halapio.

  • Darian Thompson seems to be reclaiming the job as a starting safety alongside Landon Collins.

Note: This would just be who takes the first snap in a base defense. The Giants are likely to use a variety of defensive backs in a variety of roles based on sub-package, game plan, and match-ups.

  • B.W. Webb seems to be the third cornerback at this point in camp:
  • Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo is once again receiving reps with the first team. He seems to have an inside track on a roster spot.