John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants went through their first padded practice yesterday with no major setbacks. They will be in full pads again today. The team will practice every day this week with the exception of Wednesday as they gear up for their preseason opener this coming Sunday in Canton vs Buffalo.
The padded practice went over well with the offensive and defensive linemen, who have been basically going through the motions until now.
“You have to hit,” said LG Geoff Schwartz before Sunday’s practice. “That’s part of our game, you‘ve got to be able to hit. As much as some people might not like it and we have a longer camp this year, you still have to kind of put the pads on and get your technique down. It’s just about practicing smarter. When you’re younger you’re a little more out of control and all over the place. Now I know what I need to work on so I can go out there and get it done.”
Veteran DT Cullen Jenkins also welcomed the contact and the wearing of the pads.
“Huge,” said Jenkins when asked how important it was to practice in full gear. “Not just from getting out there and getting different looks, just challenging each other. From a defensive line standpoint, we want to challenge the offensive line and I’m sure they have the same approach with challenging us. If we give each other the toughest looks we possibly can, it’ll make the games easier.”
The competition for the starting PK job is heating up. Brandon McManus, the challenger, told reporters yesterday that he’s recently been burying FGs from 70 yards and beyond.
Josh Brown is coming off his best year as a pro but said he was not surprised the the club brought a second kicker to camp.
“No,” Brown told reporters on Sunday. “Every year you’re looking to be in what puts you in the best place to win the Super Bowl so it’s my job to make them feel as if they made the correct choice in signing me to a two-year deal. A lot of people have asked me, ‘You have just had the best year of your career, how does that make you feel?’ It doesn’t change the business aspect of this sport so I hope that what I’m doing and what I did last year and also the other attributes that I bring with experience and wisdom, that those things will also weigh in my way.”
OT Will Beatty (leg) is ahead of schedule. Beatty has been participating in full and appears to be ready to assume his starting role as the team’s LT.
“As I’ve been saying all along, he’s been doing more work than he actually was supposed to do from the day he got here,” head coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. “As far as I know, there are no issues. All he’s done is keep working and keep working.”
Rookie TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring) did not practice Sunday, missing out on the padded drills. Other TEs saw extensive work, with Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis making some nice grabs. For those interested, Adrien Robinson still seems rusty. He had a catch, but also had a drop.
Rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hamstring) was on the field again, but did not participate.
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