The New York Giants practiced in the morning on Tuesday. It was a switch from previous practices, and perhaps as a response to the August heat.
But while it let them get their work in before the worst of the hot, humid weather could take full effect, it also meant that pressers and media availability would come later.
So, in a change from our usual Sights and Sounds format, we go right to the practice field!
While practice might be earlier than it has been recently, the team is starting with individual drills as usual, first with fundamentals, then with solo work.
After individual drills concluded, it was time for the team period.
The Giants took things a bit easier Tuesday, going in just uppers for their final practice before their first preseason game this Thursday.
Be that as it may, it seems as though the offense is starting to come together. Roger Lewis Jr. and Alonzo Russell are fighting for a spot on the final 53, and can use plays like this.
Roger Lewis with great concentration on a deep ball between two DBs. Kyle Lauletta dropped one in the bucket. #NYGiants— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 7, 2018
Also worth noting that Hunter Sharp got reps with the first team offense. He surprised by earning reps with the starters in the spring.
The #Giants come out in I formation, 21 personnel and Eli Manning hits Hunter Sharp on the play action come back. A lot of play action to come in Pat Shurmurs offensive scheme. #GiantsCamp pic.twitter.com/czoTPBjREn— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) August 7, 2018
Evan Engram isn’t fighting for a roster spot, but dominating a player like Landon Collins is just what the Giants want to see from their hybrid tight end.
Evan Engram flat out dominating Landon Collins in one-on-one drills here. But, it really is a mismatch. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 7, 2018
And, of course, the Giants want to get Odell Beckham Jr. the ball and a chance to do something with it. The team hasn’t had a consistent screen game since Tiki Barber retired, but that looks to be changing under Pat Shurmur.
The #Giants come out in 11 personnel and throw the quick screen to Odell Beckham. A lot of screens in this offense to the backs and receivers mixed in well with the vertically attacking concepts we’ve talked about. #GiantsCamp pic.twitter.com/EjpEqTkGh3— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) August 7, 2018
On the defensive side of the ball, UDFA rookie Sean Chandler came up with an interception on Kyle Lauletta for the second day in a row.
And just like that the defense responds! Rookie DB Sean Chandler comes up with an INT for the second day in a row. #GiantsCamp— New York Giants (@Giants) August 7, 2018
But don’t take that to mean that Lauletta is struggling, as he has had his share of pretty throws:
Lauletta threads the needle to a wide-open Jawill Davis in 7-on-7, but it bounces off Davis’ hands incomplete. Bad drop. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 7, 2018
Normally we don’t see teams “game planning” for the first preseason game, preferring to use a vanilla version of their scheme to work on fundamentals and the basics of team chemistry.
The Giants appear to be simulating an in-season week of practice, actively preparing for the Cleveland Browns this week. This shows the value of having a veteran like Alex Tanney in camp, and is valuable experience against the starting defense for Davis Webb.
The Giants hosted members of the Army Black Knights and finished off practice by thanking them for coming to practice as well as for their service.
Finally, the Giants helda try-out to fill the roster hole created after releasing CB Teddy Williams so he could deal with family issues.
Another player tryout for #Giants today. 1 open roster spot after CB Teddy Williams release— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) August 7, 2018
- CB William Gay was back at practice, and running with the first team as the slot corner
CB update: William Gay back in team drills. Leonard Johnson changed number from 28 to 29. #giants— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) August 7, 2018
- The Giants are experimenting with Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill, as well as using Olivier Vernon on a 3-man line.
Giants flipping Harrison and Tomlinson on the line. Also brought OV to a 3-man line.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 7, 2018
- Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, and Jonathan Stewart all played with the first team offense.