The New York Giants were back in pads for a practice that had plenty of 11 vs. 11 action.
Returning to Good Health
Dalvin Tomlinson has been back to work and looks just as disruptive as ever.
Avery Moss looks like he’s over his soreness he was dealing with earlier in the week.
Competing for Playing Time
Darian Thompson has been with the first-team four practices in a row now. Curtis Riley will need to return before we can know Thompson has won the job for sure, but it looks like he’s separated himself from Andrew Adams.
Brett Jones got more work with the first-team at center.
Lorenzo Carter has been as dynamic as advertised, he’s been getting to the quarterback and showing the ability to cover as well. He most likely won’t be a starter but has made a strong case for playing time on passing downs.
Chris Lewis-Harris is another cornerback who continues to impress, while he doesn’t catch many balls he usually sticks with the wide receivers.
Hunter Sharp has gotten plenty of first-team reps. He’s the main competitor to possibly move ahead of Cody Latimer as the third wide receiver so far. He made a couple plays against Janoris Jenkins, which is certainly a challenge.
Reasons to be Optimistic
Odell Beckham Jr. has been making plays against Jenkins in the last couple days. He’s starting to look like his old self. He even blocked downfield for Sterling Shepard, turning the play into a would-be touchdown.
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Jerell Adams is the clear-cut third tight end. He’s been showing the ability to make plays in the passing game and depth is always important.
The defensive line ran stunts today that gave the offensive line fits and they were getting pressure just about every time they ran them. (Stunts are a play where the interior lineman rushes outside while the outside rusher takes the inside rushers original lane.)
Beckham won his overall matchup with Jenkins, but Jenkins certainly won his matchup against the impressive Shepard. He stayed with Shepard stride for stride on almost every play he defended him.
Romeo Okwara and Avery Moss look like they are getting acclimated to their new pass rushing roles. Both were originally 4-3 defensive ends, and now they are stand up rushers in James Bettcher‘s new scheme. Both had would-be sacks in practice.
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The Giants have been running plenty of 11 vs. 11 and 7-on-7 team drills. The pass rush continues to impress and unveiled some new effective tricks they will have up their sleeves. This doesn’t look much like the team from last year, especially not the offensive line which is certainly encouraging. Some of the defensive backs are banged up, but the Giants are very fortunate to avoid major injuries, for the most part, so far.
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