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Giants practice report, 7/31: What happened at camp on Wednesday?

Let’s review what went down at practice

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants moved Wednesday’s training camp practice indoors. This one was a lighter practice in some ways that featured a goal line walk thru, although it was punctuated by some spirited two-minute drill work to end the day.

Two-minute madness

Both Daniel Jones and Kyle Lauletta led touchdown drives in two-minute drills at the end of practice.

Here are Jones’ completions:

Here is a better look at the touchdown:

The No. 6 overall pick also had a deep post dropped by Russell Shepard at the beginning of the drill.

The touchdown was a terrific, physical catch from 6-foot-4, 218-pound Alonzo Russell, who is having an excellent training camp.

Lauletta’s drive was also somewhat eventful.

He hit new Giant T.J. Jones with a nice ball down the middle for a gain of about 20 yards that put the ball at the 2-yard line. Because these are the Giants, Jones came up hobbling.

After undrafted free agent linebacker Jake Carlock batted down back-to-back passes, his camp highlight thus far, Lauletta was flushed out of the pocket on fourth down and hit a sliding Reggie White Jr. with a low touchdown pass.

What about the two-minute drive by Eli Manning? That ended when Manning floated a pass down the left sideline for Saquon Barkley that was easily intercepted by Antoine Bethea. That was one of those “why did he throw that ball?” plays from Manning. He was also picked off by Michael Thomas during 7-on-7 work early in practice.

Don’t throw it ... don’t ... whatever!

Sterling Shepard [broken thumb] has been practicing the past couple of days with a yellow jersey, which coach Pat Shurmur says means “don’t throw it to him.”

So, this happened during practice:

This is what Shurmur said Wednesday morning about the dangers of allowing Shepard to practice with his broken thumb:

“All of the physical things that go with playing football. I think it’s a good thing that he’s out there. He can catch the ball with one hand. The yellow jersey means don’t throw it to him. It also means on defense, don’t hit him. I think that part is good. You’ve got to practice football. It’s something that him being out there is a good thing. It also shows it’s a thumb. We’ll worry about that as we go.

“Any player practicing, there’s a little bit of a risk. For anything. That’s why we try to be smart. That’s why we try to watch the players and see individually where they’re at, and then go from there. Because if not, we’d just throw everybody in bubble wrap and we’ll see you opening day.”


— Pat Shurmur on Daniel Jones’ reaction to throwing his first camp interception on Tuesday.

Injury updates

Did not practice:

OL George Asafo-Adjei (concussion)
LB Mark McLaurin (broken foot)
LB Nate Stupar (“load management”)
WR Darius Slayton (hamstring)
WR Brittan Golden (groin)
CB Henre Toliver (ankle)
WR Amba Etta-Tawo (illness)

Wide receiver Alex Wesley was activated from PUP and practiced for the first time, doing individual work. Cornerback Sam Beal (hamstring/groin) returned to practice. Wide receiver Brittan Golden did some light jogging.

Corey Ballentine continues to ascend

This was another good day for the sixth-round pick. Ballentine broke up a pass from Lauletta that was intended for wide receiver Da’Mari Scott. He also worked as a kickoff returner for the second straight day.

“Corey is a very eager young man to learn technique and fundamentals. He’s worked his tail off this offseason. He texted me probably four or five times a week during the summer about questions on coverages, so that’s what you like about him,” defensive backs coach Everett Withers said Wednesday morning. “He’s got some physical tools that God gave him, so now it’s just a matter of putting that all together. He’s done well the past few days of practice.”

Speaking of returners

The Giants are a tad thin in the return department right now. Ballentine, Jabrill Peppers and Cody Latimer handled kickoff return duties Thursday. Peppers, Antonio Hamilton, Golden Tate and T.J. Jones were the punt returners.

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Remaining Training Camp Schedule

Thursday’s practice is closed due to the Rolling Stones concert at MetLife Stadium in the evening.

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)