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Giants’ practice report, 7/26: Another injury at wide receiver

Brittan Golden goes down with a groin injury

NFL: New York Giants-Training Camp
Pat Shurmur and Saquon Barkley
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants concluded their second day of practice, and of course it couldn’t end without another wide receiver injury.

Who is going to catch the ball?

This time the injury bug hit Brittan Golden, who left practice after suffering a groin injury.

Golden leaped to catch a floating pass from Kyle Lauletta, snagged it over Corey Ballentine, turned and ran 20-30 yards into the end zone for a score. Instead of celebrating, though, he went to a knee, was immediately surrounded by teammates and threw the ball away in disgust while cursing.

Golden ended practice with a wrap on his left leg.

The Giants have lost Corey Coleman (torn ACL) for the season, have Sterling Shepard sidelined with a broken thumb, Darius Slayton out with a hamstring and Alex Wesley on PUP.

They will hold a wide receiver workout on Saturday and will have to sign one or two players.

Markus Golden and Grant Haley left practice due to cramps.

The good news is Shepard was on the field doing individual work and catching some throws one-handed.

“I’m not concerned about Sterling,” coach Pat Shurmur said.

Darius Slayton missing valuable time

Fifth-round pick Darius Slayton could really be benefitting from the extra snaps with Shepard, Coleman, Wesley and now Brittan Golden hurt. Except that Slayton is also out with a hamstring injury.

“It feels like there is a dark cloud over our room right now,” Slayton said. “If anything, with these (injuries) going on, it’s made me extremely eager to get back because of the opportunities that are available.”

At this rate the Giants are going to need Slayton to develop quickly.

Progress for Lorenzo Carter

Shurmur was asked if Carter, a second-year player who made a pair of splash plays on Thursday, can be a double-digit sack player in 2019.

“We certainly hope so. We’ve seen guys in their second year really make a jump. He played a lot of really good football last year as a rookie,” Shurmur said. “When I look at him, just looking at him physically, he came back and looks like a more mature body type in his second year. He’s going to be a really fine player. We’re hopeful he can create pressure, just like Markus Golden, who two years ago I think had 12.5 sacks. We’ve got guys there that have gotten close and sacked the QB in the past. Plus X-Man (Oshane Ximines). Plus the other guys we have at the position.”

Don’t mess with Saquon

A couple of Giants defensive backs, one of whom was Jabrill Peppers, got a tad physical with Saquon Barkley on a running play, prompting Barkley and Peppers to appear to exchange a couple of brief words and generated some yelling from offensive players on the sideline.

What you can do I can do better

Eli Manning and Daniel Jones matched impressive throws on Friday afternoon.

Jones hit a tightly covered Russell Shepard with a nice deep out to the left sideline for his best throw of the day.

Later, Manning hit Golden Tate with a gorgeous out and up route down right sideline with rookie Julian Love in coverage.

Play of the day

A diving Haley intercepted a Kyle Lauletta pass intended for Russell Shepard. With Corey Ballentine in coverage the ball appeared to glance off Shepard and Haley made an excellent play on it.

Other plays of note

  • Carter beat Nate Solder for a “sack” of Manning.
  • Tight end Garrett Dickerson wrestled a Jones pass across the middle away from a defender.
  • Corey Ballentine read a slant route beautifully, but got there just a tad early and committed pass interference against Reggie White Jr.
  • Cornerback Ronald Zamort jumped a pass from Tanney to White and nearly intercepted it.

Lineup stuff

  • Evan Engram had a maintenance day after missing much of the spring with a hamstring issue. That meant undrafted free agent C.J. Conrad got a handful of first-team reps, and did catch a pass from Eli Manning.

Conrad also beat UDFA linebacker Josiah Tauaefa on a crossing route to catch a nice ball from Alex Tanney.

  • Left tackle Nate Solder and right tackle Mike Remmers worked for a second straight day. Rookie George Asafo-Adjei got a single first-team rep and it didn’t go well, as he appeared to get turned around and allowed a pressure.
  • DeAndre Baker continued to run with the first team at cornerback.

Remaining Training Camp Schedule

Saturday, July 27 — 2:45 p.m. (Public)
Sunday, July 28 — 2:45 p.m. (Public)
Tuesday, July 30 — 2:45 p.m. (Public)
Wednesday, July 31 — 2:45 p.m. (Public)
Thursday, August 1 — 2:45 p.m. (Closed)
Friday, August 2 — 2:45 p.m. (Public)
Saturday, August 3 — 2:45 p.m. (Closed)
Monday, August 5 — 10:45 a.m. (Closed)
Tuesday, August 6 — 10:45 a.m. (Public)
Sunday, August 11 — 10:45 a.m. (Public)
Monday, August 12 — 10:45 a.m. (Public)
Tuesday, August 13 — 10:45 .m. (Public)