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Giants news, 7/28: Hog mollies, a celebratory nap, more

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Happy hog mollies

The Giants practiced in pads on Saturday. That meant it was the first time Giants’ offensive and defensive linemen got to do what they are paid to do — hit people. They were happy about it.

“It felt good to be back out there,” said center Jon Halapio, in pads for the first since since breaking his ankle in Weeek 2 of the 2018 season. “You go almost a whole year without pads, so it definitely was different. But yeah, man, it was fun getting back into it. I was absolutely looking forward to it. You can’t really get used to hitting until you get to this point in training camp. It was exciting.”

“We come out there, and we’re really excited to finally get to do things we couldn’t do without pads,” said second-year left guard Will Hernandez. “It always gets you excited. It kind of gets you going. It might get you out of focus here or there, just because it’s something that every guy in this locker room likes to do, that’s why we play this game. It’s definitely an exciting feeling. It’s just a little wake-up, and definitely, ‘Let’s get going.’”

The defensive linemen enjoyed it, too.

“Today was very fun, just getting out there, just banging around a little bit, throwing some shoulders, attacking people, being hungry and being angry,” said rookie defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. “I haven’t been in pads since early December. It felt good being out there, just competing, and helping my teammates get better. That’s the game plan every day for me, to show that I care about my guys on the team and to push them to the greatest limit.

“It helps you to get better with pads, because with no pads on, you’re working on your technique, trying to be fundamentally sound, and just trying to push without banging. But when you put pads on, it puts the banging in it, and you’ve already been working on your fundamentals. It kind of just puts it all together.” “It’s always fun to get back in pads, especially with your guys, your bros, your defensive line, (and) your linebackers,” said second-year defensive tackle B.J. Hill. “It was a great time. Most of the time (in the offseason) you’re just working out, you’re not actually playing football in those seven months. This was totally different. It felt good, though. You definitely can do way more stuff than you can do with pretty much no pads. We just came out and had a lot of fun on this first day and got better.”

Russell Shepard looks for the bright side

The Giants’ wide receiver woes, including Golden Tate’s suspension and injuries to Corey Coleman, Sterling Shepard, Brittan Golden, Alex Wesley and Darius Slayton, has made Russell Shepard one of the last veterans standing.

What does Shepard think of what has happened at his position group?

“New year, new story. This is something that we can take and turn the table, and change the narrative to make it out something positive,” Shepard said. “Things like this happen through the course of the year and we got a good group of guys that I think will make something good out of this situation.”

How old guys celebrate

Antoine Bethea, starting his 14th year in the NFL, turned 35 on Saturday. B.J. Hill, a young buck of 24, was asked Saturday if he did anything to mark the occasion when he learned it was Bethea’s birthday.

The answer? No.

“He was actually taking a little nap,” Hill said of Bethea.

Antoine, friend, I can relate. Sometimes the nap is the best part of the day.

Remaining Training Camp Schedule

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)

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