Friday Morning Notebook: OTA phase of offseason ends today

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

On the docket today: The Giants will close out their OTAs today at QDTC. Yesterday, they got a scare when MLB Jon Beason left the field with an injury to his right leg. He was checked out by the Giants medical staff and then taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery for further examination.

“I don’t know about Beason,” said head coach Tom Coughlin said after practice Thursday. “It’s a foot. He was running across the field and felt something in the bottom of his foot. We’ll see.”

Coughlin was not exactly sure what part of the foot was injured….“I don’t know, bottom, top or middle. Foot. I probably said (bottom) but … who knows?”

The good news is that the injury i not to Beason’s right knee, which has caused him to miss significant time over his career.

After Beason left, the Giants got a good look at fifth-round pick Devon Kennard at MLB. Kennard said he is familiar with the defensive scheme having played a similar style at USC under veteran DC Monte Kiffin, an architect of the Tampa 2.

“When I was at USC our middle linebacker came out of the box a lot more than we do now,” said Kennard. “I actually like that the middle linebacker stays in the box the majority of the time. We ran a lot more Cover 2 at USC, Monte Kiffin’s Cover 2 scheme. I like the Cover 3s and the different things that we’re doing, different packages, so it’s good.”

“He’s picked things up very well,” Coughlin said of Kennard. “He’s very smart, very good on the board. He’s done a nice job on the field, a good job on special teams. We’re excited about him. A nice big kid, strong kid.”

Coughlin commented on some of the injured players Thursday….

On OT Will Beatty, who Coughlin believes is “making progress.”…..”Get to the point where he can go,” Coughlin said when asked what Beatty needs to do to be ready for training camp. “I think he does a lot of things, he’s building himself up and so that’s basically where he is. He’s doing all the rehab, but on paper he wasn’t scheduled to go until training camp. We started out, he was doing some of the jog-through stuff and actually did pretty well but a lot of that was on air.”

On S Stevie Brown, making his way back from a lost year after ACL surgery: “Very much so, yep. Very much so,” the coach said when asked if he was encouraged by Brown’s recovery. “He’s been pretty much right on target but he hasn’t missed anything, which is great.”

Coughlin said top draft pick, WR Odell Beckham, Jr, sat out with hamstring that he assured reporters was a precautionary measure, nothing more. RB Peyton Hillis has missed the last few sessions due to an undisclosed muscular issue.

“It’s just a strain that I had,” Hillis told reporters. “I think I did it around the first day of practice that we were out on the field and I played with it for a week and a half and strained it a little more this past Thursday. But I’ve been getting better, been getting healthy, hopefully I’ll make it out by minicamp.”

With Beatty out and Chris Snee not participating fully the Giants have been trotting out the following group at offensive line: Charles Brown at LT, Geoff Schwartz at LG, JD Walton at C, Brandon Mosley at RG and Justin Pugh at RT.