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Giants news, 8/19: Browns joint practice, Odell Beckham Jr., more

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Sterling Shepard remembers Beckham and Cruz as leaders

GM Dave Gettleman recently reaffirmed that he does not regret trading Odell Beckham Jr., but his former teammates have nothing but good things to say about him.

“I saw him (Beckham) all over the offseason and then I talk to him every week,” Shepard said. “Odell used to tell me, do as I say, not as I do. I got to learn from him and then I also had Vic (Victor Cruz) who had been through a lot. He had been through winning a Super Bowl and was a really experienced guy, so I learned a lot from him and how to be a leader, as well. I got kind of thrown into that role a little bit earlier than I thought I would but having those guys helped me adjust to that.”

However, Shepard isn’t hung up on the fact that they are no longer teammates.

“I mean you look at it and that’s a part of the game and the business that we play,” Shepard said. “You never know what’s going to happen. I think everybody’s going to be in that situation at some point in their career. There are guys that are blessed that don’t move around anywhere. When you dumb it down, this is what happens. I didn’t really think about it that way.”

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Giants look forward to joint practices with Browns - Giants.com

The Giants will have two joint practices with the Cleveland Browns today and tomorrow in Cleveland before their preseason matchup on Sunday. With roster cuts looming, GM Dave Gettleman plans to scout Browns players who might be released in the coming weeks.

“I’ll be there,” Gettleman said. “(Co-director of player personnel) Mark Koncz, (co-director of player personnel) Tim McDonnell will be there. (Director of college scouting) Chris Pettit is going to be there. So, we’ll all have our guys to look at. Absolutely, it’s a scouting process. Obviously, at night, we’ll go back and watch the film. That’s one of the nice things because you can get up on top of guys, see their body style, their builds, what they look like it. It’s a great opportunity to scout players up close and personal.”

Austrian med student trying to make Giants roster - Yahoo

Sandro Platzgummer isn’t your ordinary 24-year-old running back trying to make the New York Giants’ roster.

Platzgummer is in the fourth year of a six-year program to become a physician. He never played college football. He came out of a club program — in Austria. He’s one of those real longshots in training camp, and maybe that’s why his teammates enjoyed seeing him succeed this past weekend.

Platzgummer is in the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, which was restarted in 2016 as the “Undiscovered” program and changed to the IPPP the following year. It initially ran from 2004-09 to increase the number of non-American and Canadian players in the league. Teams get a special exemption in training camp for an extra player and they can keep that player on their practice squad all season, giving them 11 on the list.

“I want to make the team. I think it doesn’t change anything,” Platzgummer said. “I’m going out there like it’s my last day every day, and that’s really how I do it. And whatever ends up happening at some point, that’s the final goal.”

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