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Giants practice report, 8/1: What happened at camp on Thursday?

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Let’s review what went down at practice

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants concluded another training camp practice on Thursday. Practice was highlighted by a good day from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, a few nice plays by wide receivers bidding for roster spots and a potential injury to second-year cornerback Grant Haley.

The DJ deep ball show

Jones doesn’t have the world’s strongest arm — he isn’t going to get confused with Patrick Mahomes. The idea that he can’t throw the deep ball, though, is ridiculous. That is what he’s done best throughout camp, and he showed that off again on Thursday.

  • Jones hit T.J. Jones with a beautifully thrown deep post with Julian Love trailing.
  • He hit Alonzo Russell with a well-placed deep out over Corey Ballentine.
  • His best throw, which included a really nice catch by running back Paul Perkins, was a deep ball down the left sideline that Perkins hauled in.

Quotable

I’m just going to let you listen to this from offensive line coach Hal Hunter:

Injury updates

Cornerback Grant Haley left the field after a diving pass breakup. He appeared to have a right arm or shoulder injury.

Did not practice:

WR Brittan Golden (groin)
OL George Asafo-Adjei (concussion)
CB Henre’ Toliver (ankle)
CB Sam Beal (groin/hamstring)
WR Darius Slayton (hamstring)
DL Alex Jenkins

Something new

Maybe I have been sleeping on the sideline, but today was the first time I noticed the Giants using defensive sets with only two down linemen. The Giants employed one set briefly in which they appeared to have seven defensive backs — Antoine Bethea, Jabrill Peppers, Julian Love, Michael Thomas, Grant Haley, DeAndre Baker and Janoris Jenkins all on the field.

An interesting wrinkle.

Wide receiver stuff

Alonzo Russell, T.J. Jones and Reggie White Jr. all made the kind of plays that get noticed when competing for roster spots.

  • Russell, who seems to be using his 6-foot-4, 218-pound frame well during camp, had the catch from Jones. He did have a red zone touchdown throw from Daniel Jones slip through his fingers, though.
  • White, the undrafted free agent from Monmount, tiptoed along the back line to haul in a touchdown pass from Alex Tanney with Ballentine in good coverage.
  • T.J. Jones caught the deep post from Jones. He also leaped high to haul in a deep out from Tanney, and beat Ronald Zamort for a touchdown reception on a Lauletta pass in 7-on-7.

Other highlights

  • This is why Giants fans are going to love watching Dexter Lawrence. Lined up at the nose, Lawrence got out to the sideline quickly and was in position to make the tackle on a bubble screen to Amba Etta-Tawo.
  • The C.J. Conrad show continues. The undrafted free agent tight end hauled in a red zone touchdown throw from Tanney along the sideline with rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly draped all over him.
  • The offense didn’t have all the fun. Kenny Ladler had a red zone interception of Lauletta. Ladler also had a nice pass breakup of a deep ball from Lauletta to White that might have floated just a bit too far inside. Ladler, playing deep safety, got there just at the right time and knocked the ball away.

“A little sharper than a year ago”

Much has been made of Eli Manning doing baseball-like training this offseason. The “little sharper” comment was coach Pat Shurmur’s take on how Manning has looked this summer.

“I’ve noticed he’s throwing the ball well, and he has been really through the spring and now through the first part of training camp,” Shurmur said. “Again, you’ve watched Eli for many years. I only saw him for a year. I thought he threw the ball well a year ago. But I think he’s throwing the ball well now.”

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Remaining Training Camp Schedule

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)