The most notable sight from the New York Giants‘ Thursday practice the attendance of Odell Beckham Jr.‘s agent Zeke Sandhu and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams. Beckham and the Giants began contract negotiations earlier this week.

Returning to Good Health

Beckham hasn’t experienced any setbacks, which is very encouraging. He doesn’t seem to be 100 percent yet but he’s very close. Landon Collins looks to be 100 percent at this point and has been his old self ever since training camp started. Linebacker Avery Moss missed a practice but the worst of his minor injury is certainly behind him.

Competing for Playing Time

Kalif Raymond has put together impressive practices two days in a row. He caught a handful of passes, including a deep touchdown. Raymond also took reps with the first team offense.

Darian Thompson had plenty of first team reps. This could have been due to Curtis Riley not practicing. Thompson held off Andrew Adams for most of the first team reps.

Kenneth Durden is making the most of Donte Deayon‘s absence. He has a couple of interceptions since Deayon has been sidelined. B.W. Webb also had an interception but his play has been up and down.

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Reasons to be Optimistic

The Giants offensive line has won its overall battle against the pass rushers two days in a row. Sterling Shepard continues to shine along with the depth of the wide receiver corps. Saquon Barkley burned Olivier Vernon on a slant route after being motioned out wide. Expect to see this happen during the season because he’s a mismatch for linebackers in coverage.

Giants who didn’t Practice

Donte Deayon remains sidelined. He should be ready for the first preseason game. Dalvin Tomlinson didn’t practice and was seen on the stationary bike. Curtis Riley sat out of practice but doesn’t expect to be sidelined for very long. Linebacker Thurston Ambrister also sat out.

Synopsis

It was very encouraging to see the offensive line play well two days in a row. Eli Manning had plenty of time to throw in a clean pocket. The Giants have started contract negotiations with Beckham. Seeing Beckham’s agent and Abrams together at the team’s facility is a step in the right direction.

– 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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