The New York Giants had their second consecutive training camp practice in pads Sunday.

Returning to Good Health

Nose tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison didn’t have any setbacks and he’s made an impact in the run game. The offensive line wasn’t getting much of a push up the middle. Odell Beckham Jr. did well in the red zone drills today as he caught two touchdown passes. Landon Collins has looked good all throughout camp but he gave up plays to Beckham and tight end Evan Engram.

Competing for Playing Time

Donte Deayon continues to impress. He had an interception of Davis Webb, competing with the 6-foot-1 Amba Etta-Tawo. Deayon is undersized at 5-foot-9 but if he can compete with taller wide receivers, size may not be an issue.

Jon Halapio continues to take most of the center snaps with the first team. It looks like the starting job is his to lose so far. Rookie defensive end B.J. Hill has impressed early on. While Connor Barwin has made his case for starting at outside linebacker, Kareem Martin has also looked good there as well.

Reasons to be optimistic

Sterling Shepard had another strong performance, getting open many times for significant chunks of yards.

Saquon Barkley completely fooled William Gay with a very effective juke after catching a short pass.

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The Giants have three adequate pass rushers in Martin, Barwin, and Olivier Vernon.

Ereck Flowers displayed better technique and didn’t get beat as often. Nate Solder seemed to step it up also.

This defensive front didn’t allow much up the middle. Harrison, Hill, and Dalvin Tomlinson looked to be in control.

Eli Manning looked sharp in the red zone drills throwing multiple touchdowns. He also threw an interception on a tipped ball but Eli Apple was called for pass interference on the play.

Giants who didn’t practice

R.J. McIntosh (thyroid/non-football). Undrafted tight end Garrett Dickinson missed his third consecutive practice with an injured hamstring. Supplemental draft pick Sam Beal (shoulder) was officially been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Synopsis

Donte Deayon has been on William Gay’s heels so far in training camp for the starting nickel back spot. Deayon left practice early with a hamstring injury suffered during red zone drills. The Giants didn’t accomplish much in the run game but the play of Manning, Webb, and fifth-round pick Kyle Lauletta made up for it with plenty of good passes.

– Christian Morell is a Contributor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL and the New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Christian can be followed on Twitter @Cmorell72.

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