The New York Giants practiced for their fifth consecutive day Monday.

Returning to Good Health

Odell Beckham Jr. has been flying around in practice and he’s been creating more separation in the last couple days, he looks like he’s closing in on 100% again. Damon Harrison has been the same old run stuffing Snacks Giants fans are used to seeing. He makes it hard to get anything going in the “A” gaps during practice.

Competing for Playing Time

Travis Rudolph had an impressive practice. He caught two touchdowns in red zone drills, one of which he had to wrestle for the ball. As a smaller receiver, that’s encouraging to see.

Amba Etta-Tawo seems to make an impressive catch in every practice, this time it was another high ball over the middle. The depth will be strong for this wide receiver corps in 2018.

Josh Mauro did a good job of being disruptive in the run game, he will mostly be competing with B.J. Hill for the starting left defensive end spot.

Reasons to be optimistic

Eli Apple has is noticeably stronger and has been very aggressive in both the pass-game and run-game. There was a play where he ran stride for stride with Sterling Shepard down the field and batted the pass away. Shepard has been hard for anyone to cover in training camp.

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B.J. Goodson has been looking good in coverage so far. He is already a strong run defender and working towards a complete linebacker.

Eli Manning had another sharp practice today. He not only read the defense well but was very accurate when throwing the ball.

There was a 1-on-1 drill with running backs and tight ends vs. linebackers. Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram were dusting linebackers as expected.

Giants who didn’t practice

Cornerback Donte Deayon suffered a minor hamstring injury Sunday but is expected back soon. Running back Jonathan Stewart had a “veterans day” to keep him fresh.

Synopsis

The Giants offensive line still hasn’t gotten the best of the defensive line in training camp. The defensive line has the potential to be one of the NFL’s best. They could handle their opposition when the game count as effortlessly as they have in training camp. The first true test of what the Giants can do occurs they begin preseason play in nine days.

– 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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