The Giants practiced this afternoon in helmets and shoulder pads out at QDTC, under nearly perfect skies and very pleasant temperatures.
“Beautiful day, sunshine, no humidity, a little breeze,” head coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. “It was good to have the pads on. They were frisky. I thought the energy was good. They ran pretty well, which was a good thing. That was the intent.”
Rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not practice again and the coach would not comment on when he expects his top draft pick to resume working out with the team.
QB Eli Manning went down during drills. Coughlin did not seem too concerned. “He was turning or something and slipped. He was fine,” Coughlin said.
Some quick hits…
Odell Beckham Jr. has been in camp all week, but hasn’t practiced since Tuesday. He missed practice again on Friday due to his tweaked hamstring.
When will he return?
“You’ll know before I know probably,” head coach Tom Coughlin said.
Beckham Jr. tweaked his hamstring on Tuesday, GM Jerry Reese said. Beckham was limited in practice on Wednesday due to the injury. He did not practice at all on Thursday. He was also extremely limited in OTAs due to a slight hamstring tweak (BBB, June 5).
“He seems like he’s frisky enough out here,” Coughlin said. “Today he was catching the ball from the machine and seemed to be moving around okay. So hopefully it’s not going to take too long.”
Jon Beason said that he “hopes” to get into a preseason game. He also hopes to play by Week 1, at the latest.
Beason was placed on the physically unable to perform — PUP — list. He was the only Giants player put on the list.
Beason is still coming back from a broken bone in his foot. He will likely miss the beginning of the regular season, according to previous reports.
It was initially thought that Beason would require surgery, which would’ve required a 12-week recovery time, but a decision was made against surgery after Beason was examined by Foot and Ankle Specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
The Ravens have signed former Giant Will Hill.
Hill is suspended the first six games of the season after another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He is allowed to participate in Training Camp.
Hill had been suspended in each of the past two seasons for failed tests.
He played in 12 games with the Giants in 2013, with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He had 60 tackles.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterHill had constantly blown himself up here ion the NY/NJ area so a change of scenery might be the thing to get him straightened out.
The Ravens will be getting a solid on-field presence in Hill, who legitimized the Giants’ secondary last year after Stevie Brown was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
The Giants will be on the field in a session in which they will don shoulder pads as well as helmets. They will be off Saturday and will return to practice Sunday in full pads.
In case you missed it…
Tom Coughlin spoke Thursday about his changing attitude towards preseason workouts and how they are structured. (BBB July 24)
The Giants are concerned with rookie WR Odell Beckham’s hamstring. (BBB July 24)
The depth chart was released yesterday and it contained some mild surprises (BBB July 24)
From GEICO SportsNite: Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants training camp where he speaks with a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and Tom Coughlin.
Some quotes of note coming out of Giants’ camp on Thursday…
“I think just being in these halls for a long time you get the urge, get the sense and everybody that comes in, the longer they stay, the more they understand it. Having a lot of new guys around here adds an increased role I have to play in terms of letting people know about the history. It’s not just a mystique thing from the outside. It’s a true way we approach the game and life, myself and a lot of other guys who have been here have taken the lead and just going out there and showing people how to work. The majority of the guys we brought in here, I’d say like 99%, they’re workers. They understand how to play the game. They did a good job of bringing in pieces and good quality guys also.” - DE Mathias Kiwanuka, on taking on a larger leadership role this season.
“Is this the fastest offense I’ve ever played? Yeah, the tempo is upbeat. It comes down to taking development from the inside of the classroom and putting it on the field. It is fast-paced but we have the guys and the personnel to get it done.” - RB Rashad Jennings
“I’d say at the end of the 2012 season. I came here for minicamp and I felt terrible and then that’s when I had to go get surgery. That was a long time. Three years ago, right? But now I’m back and ready to go. I’m ready. It is what it is. I’m not worried about any of that. Hopefully you all have the same questions next week for me.” - DE Jason Pierre-Paul, on the last time he’s felt this healthy.
The times of this year’s training camp workouts may be set, but the structure is not. Hydration breaks have been built in and now an extended period of stretching was installed during the last half-hour of practice.
“That was a recovery stretch,” Head coach Tom Coughlin told the media afterward. “We are trying to enhance this soft-muscle business. What we’ve done is we studied the GPS information, which helps us structure the practice and to know when we should be doing things such as [stretching] and cutting down reps on the field. The whole purpose is to be able to come back and have a full-speed practice tomorrow.”
Full speed was not something rookie WR Odell Beckham was going this afternoon. Coughlin showed concern over the team’s top pick and his lingering hamstring problem.
“You know as well as I do,” Coughlin responded when asked about a possible timetable for Beckham. “Let’s face it, I don’t want it to be like it was in the spring. We need to get the guy back out here and get him on the field.”
WR Rueben Randle is going in the other direction. With less ‘read and reacts’ to deal with in this new offense, Randle looks to be more comfortable.
“There are a lot of reads. There is a lot that goes into any offense,” explained Coughlin. “The adjustments are multiple, but he has had a really good approach, and he did the same thing in the spring, and I am hoping it continues here as we get started early on.”
“I don’t want it to be like it was in the spring. We need to get the guy back out here and get him on the field,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said of Odell Beckham Jr.’s hamstring.
Beckham Jr. tweaked his hamstring on Tuesday, GM Jerry Reese said. Beckham was limited in practice on Wednesday due to the injury. He did not practice at all on Thursday.
He was also extremely limited in OTAs due to a slight hamstring tweak (BBB, June 5).
“He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern,” Giants GM Jerry Reese said on Wednesday after practice. “But you see that in some young players sometimes. They’re a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious and that happens to them.”
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Reese alluded to this on Wednesday at his presser. Rookie comes in, tries to do too much, hurts himself to the point where he misses significant time and flounders through his first season.
That is what we might be seeing here with Beckham, who the Giants want to see develop into one of their top three wideouts. Worry not. It looks as if the light has gone on for Jerrel Jernigan, so the more Beckham sits, the longer JJ has to shine.
Mario Manningham may not be what he once was, but he can still get open and make a play when called upon. There are several other young bucks here in camp as well. Today, UDFA Corey Washington turned in the play of the day.
All of this, on top of the public displeasure exhibited by the head coach, should motivate Beckham to the point where he focuses a little sharper.
The Giants will begin wearing shoulder pads on Friday, head coach Tom Coughlin said on Thursday.
Coughlin said the team will move to full pads for their Sunday practice.
The team took a mid-day break and finished up practice a little early on Thursday, as they try to hedge any heat-related ailments.
The Giants released their first — unofficial — depth chart of the year to beat reporters at training camp.
Here are a few interesting notes:
- Rookie Devon Kennard is listed at starting SLB, with Jameel McClain at starting MLB.
- Rashad Jennings is the starting running back, David Wilson is with the second-team, while Andre Williams is with the fourth team, at least to start. Peyton Hillis is third.
- JD Walton is listed as the starting center.
- Larry Donnell is the starting tight end. Adrien Robinson is fifth on the depth chart.
- Henry Hynoski is the starting fullback, with John Conner as the backup.
- Trindon Holliday is the punt returner, while Quinton Demps is the kick returner.
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Kennard has already gained the respect of everyone at QDTC, coaches and players. He may just whiz by everyone on the depth chart before long. Jon Beason will not be rushed back, so the mixing and matching will be going on all summer. Kennard may be moved into the middle as he learns the defense and the calls.
Jennings is getting the biggest check, so he’ll be the top dog in the Giants’ backfield. But they have versatility like they haven’t had here in awhile and I expect all of the RBs to see plenty of action in the preseason.
Walton is a veteran who the Giants feel can add some semblance of order to the offensive line. If he can hold his own and stay healthy, rookie Weston Richburg could end up being the starter at Chris Snee’s old RG spot.
Larry Donnell is a former hoopster the Blue hoped could translate into a TE that can create mismatches. He appears to be more comfortable this summer and we may not be talking about ARob for too much longer if Donnell continues to show improvement.
Not sure why Hynoski is ahead of Conner. I know the Giants love the guy, but I’d be perfectly content with Conner at FB, who – to me – is the better player.
As for the returners, only David Wilson will upset that order. Those two players were brought in to do those jobs and, barring something unforeseen, they will get the opportunity to do so.