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New York Giants training camp: Offensive line conundrum, Victor Cruz, more

Here's your Monday practice report, and it won't help you feel better about the offensive line.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants might just as well have flown a banner over Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday night that read "We have no idea how we will configure the right side of our offensive line." Because it's crystal clear from watching the proceedings at the latest training camp practice that Giants find themselves in that situation.

The Giants tried a bunch of combinations.

John Jerry at RG/Marshall Newhouse at RT (this was the opening combination)
Geoff Schwartz at RG/Newhouse RT
Jerry RG/Schwartz RT
Schwartz RG/Jerry RT (yes, Jerry RT)
Jerry RT (with the second group)/Brandon Mosley RG

Mosley and rookie Bobby Hart also got some second-unit reps at right tackle.

So, no, the Giants have no idea how this will shake out. It appears to be open tryout season at right tackle. If you happen to be 6-foot-5 or so and weigh 300 or more pounds, e-mail your resume to GM Jerry Reese.

To me, it still makes the most sense to allow Schwartz, if he is healthy, to try to earn his big contract by playing the position he is most suited for and most comfortable at -- right guard. If that means the right tackle isn't yet on the roster, so be it.

Here is more from practice.

Victor Cruz looks really good

For months, Cruz has been telling anyone who would listen that he would be ready to play Week 1 when the Giants open the regular season against the Dallas Cowboys. Told WFAN's Mike Francesa Monday afternoon that his "knee is 100 percent." He went out and made it look that way Monday night.

Cruz made two spectacular moves during 1-on-1 drills that screamed "I'm healthy." He ran a fade, leaped over Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to make a catch, then deftly got his feet in for a touchdown. On his next rep he absolutely froze Trumaine McBride with a stutter step before cutting inside for an easy touchdown.

Early in 11-on-11 drills Cruz, lined up in the slot, caught a bullet pass from Eli Manning between defenders.

Bennett Jackson continues to look good

Jackson, the second year safety/cornerback, made several good plays in the 1-on-1 portion of practice. His best play might have been beating wide receiver Derrick Johnson to the spot on a quick slant and knocking away a pass.


"Every player you ever ask will say ‘you play your game the way you play your game.' Do you play within the rules, yes. When they make new rules do you have to adjust a little bit, yes. I'm gonna play my game the way I play my game, but I'm also gonna respect the rules."

-- Brandon Meriweather on his history of fines and suspensions for illegal hits

Wide receiver competition

Rookie sixth-round pick Geremy Davis simply continues to make plays. Davis got first-team reps in 11-on-11, and had a nice leaping catch over Jackson on the first play of the night. He had a handful of other catches as well.

Veteran James Jones caught more passes than in any session I have seen. Most of them were quick, underneath throws. Jones lined up both outside and in the slot.

Monday injury report

Safety Cooper Taylor missed practice with a toe injury. Defensive end George Selvie left practice with a knee injury. Rueben Randle (knee tendinitis), Landon Collins (knee), Prince Amukamara (groin) and Jayron Hosley (concussion) did not practice. Nat Berhe (calf) did individual drills.