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Giants practice report, 8/3

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The Giants wrapped up Week No. 2 of training camp practice Saturday. Here’s a rundown of what transpired.

NFL: AUG 01 Giants Training Camp Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Meet the Other Coach Who Helps Groom the Quarterbacks

Ryan Roeder has been a Giants assistant coach in some capacity now for seven seasons.

This year, Roeder, listed as an offensive assistant, has been instrumental in working with the Giants quarterbacks.

Roeder, in his first known press gathering with Giants reporters since he’s been with the team, said his role is to help head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula n whatever ways they need him to.

So for example if Shula is working with the offensive line at practice and Shurmur is with the defense, Roeder, is the guy you’ll see with the quarterbacks, where he’s had a front-row seat in watching Daniel Jones’ development.

“He’s a fast learner,” Roeder said of Jones. “He works extremely hard at it, so it’s kind of like learning a new language, so you come in and it may have been called something different in college than what it’s called here and guys can convert the language.

“I think the game is starting to slow down for him a little bit. So I think that’s kind of the biggest thing, making the language his own and playing faster.”

Roeder said Jones has been easy to coach and noted that the rookie is generally the hardest on himself whenever he makes a mistake.

“I think the thing with all the guys, we have kind of, it’s intrinsic motivation. They are really hard on themselves, so usually with those types of guys, you say, ‘you could’ve done this here or you could have done that there,’” Roeder said.

“But usually they’re the guys that are hardest on themselves. Those are the kind of guys you’re looking for.”

Roeder also echoed the opinions of Shurmur and Shula about Eli Manning’s off-season training program having paid dividends.

“I think Eli has done a wonderful job taking care of himself. He works at it endlessly and I think the things he does on the field, you can’t just say, ‘Oh, he’s done that because he’s been here so long,’” Roeder said.

“It’s just really impressive the way he can diagnose a defense. Physically, I think he’s done an unbelievable job taking care of his himself. He’s just a phenomenal teammate. It’s really a great room. It’s really a great room for guys to learn and grow and just be a part of.”

Quotable

“I definitely could have had more than five last year. I think I could’ve had at least seven or eight.”

—LB Alec Ogletree on his interception total last year. His five picks were a career high.

B.J. Hill Becoming More Vocal on the Field

For the most part, defensive lineman B.J. Hill is a quiet and polite young man who never has anything bad to say about anything

But put the 6-foot-4, 311-pounder on the football field, and Hill turns into an absolute beast. Last year as a rookie, he logged 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks, his sack total second on the defense.

But all that was “quiet” production. This year, Hill’s teammates have noticed that he’s been a little more vocal when out there, even engaging in some trash talk.

“He’s coming into his own,” said linebacker and defensive captain Alec Ogletree. “You like to see that from him because he is a good player in this league and he’s realizing he has the potential to do a lot of great things in this defense.

“That’s just his personality that’s really showing. As a rookie, you kind of just try not to do too much wrong and not say too much; just handle your business. He enjoys playing football, you can tell he loves football. The trash talking he does, that’s just his personality that we are starting to see now.”

Injury updates

Shurmur said that several of those players that have been unable to practice this week should be back Monday, when the team returns from a day off. Here’s a list of the injured/workload managed players who didn’t practice:

  • CB Grant Haley (shoulder)
  • WR Brittan Golden (groin)
  • Edge Oshane Ximines (leg soreness)
  • OT Chad Wheeler (unknown)
  • Edge Markus Golden (unknown)
  • Edge Avery Moss (unknown)
  • CB Sam Beal (groin/hamstring)
  • WR Darius Slayton (hamstring)
  • CB Henre’ Toliver (ankle)
  • OT George Asafo-Adjei (concussion)

Shurmur said that Slayton is “getting better every day,” but that’s to be expected to longer he is removed from the injury.

The bigger concern with Slayton, on whom the Giants hope will play a big part in the offense, is how far behind he’s fallen.

“Anytime you’re not out there, you’re certainly missing things,” Shurmur said. “But he made great strides in the spring. I anticipate when he comes back that he’s going to continue to do that.”

Right on cue, Slayton was on the field in full pads like his teammates, but worked on the side with trainers. Still, it’s a small step forward for a player who just last week walked around with a noticeable limp.

Shurmur also mentioned that Oshane Ximines has had “a little leg soreness’ but he’ll be fine.

Roster Transactions

With the Giants hurting on the defensive side of the ball, they added linebacker Joey Alfieri, who was awarded to them off waivers. Alfieri, out of Stanford, can play both inside and outside. He was most recently with the Eagles and was waived earlier this week when the Eagles signed safety Jonathan Cyprien.

Alfieri played his college ball at Stanford, which ran a 3-4 defensive scheme. During his four-year college career, Alfieri recorded 165 total tackles (26.5 for loss), 14 sacks, two interceptions, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

The Giants waived DL Alex Jenkins, who had been sidelined with an undisclosed ailment, to make room for Alfieri.

Earlier today, the Giants signed defensive end Terrence Fede and placed linebacker Mark McLaurin (foot) on injured reserve.

Quick Hits

Receiver Sterling Shepard continues to heal at a remarkable rate. During receiver drills, he was using both hands and seemed to show no discomfort.

Shepard, sans the yellow pinny he’s been wearing since being diagnosed with the broken thumb, managed to get in with the team drills yesterday, and even caught a pass. Of course after he made that play, he was right back int he yellow pinny.

Cornerback DeAndre Baker came close to recording his first interception of camp on a pass thrown by Kyle Lauletta intended for Da’Mari Scott. Baker just missed coming down with the ball.

Julian Love continues to split his time between safety and nickel cornerback. Love came up with another pass breakup, this one on a short pass intended for Alonzo Russell.

Daniel Jones badly missed a wide-open Alonzo Russell on a go route.

So, um, just in case this quarterback gig doesn’t work out for the Giants, the Giants.com cameras caught Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley working on their passing. What say you BBV nation? Should they keep their day jobs?

Remaining Training Camp Schedule

  • Monday, August 5 — 10:45 a.m. (Closed to public; Giants season ticket holder event only)
  • 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 a.m. (Public)