On Wednesday, the New York Giants held their most spirited practice of training camp thus far.
In a session that was moved indoors due to thunderstorms, there were offensive line-defensive line 1-on-1s along with no-huddle and two-minute drills. As is expected in training camp, there was plenty of smack talking between the offense and defense throughout Wednesday’s practice.
In the two-minute drill portion of practice, the offense was presented with this scenario: the ball is on their own 40 with 1:45 left on the clock, two timeouts remaining and needing a touchdown.
The first team began with Eli Manning throwing a pass that was batted down at the line of scrimmage. On second down, he hit Cody Latimer on a slant. Manning tried to hit Saquon Barkley on a deep route near the sideline. Barkley made mincemeat out of the initial coverage before free agent signee Antoine Bethea made him pay with an interception. Bethea ran to the sidelines after the pick and was swarmed by his teammates.
The second team fared a little better. Daniel Jones found Alonzo Russell on an out route for a gain of 27 yards. This was after a pass broken up by Julian Love and a missed Michael Thomas interception opportunity. Jones completed four consecutive passes (including an 18-yarder to Garrett Dickerson) after the missed interception, getting the ball to the 4-yard line.
On the drive’s final play, he connected with the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Russell for a touchdown. Russell used his size to box out the corner, 5-foot-10, 184-pound Ronald Zamort. Zamort and Dickerson engaged in trash talking before the play.
During the no-huddle portion, Evan Engram caught a pass from Manning on a crossing pattern, He showed some of his trademark speed while avoiding a linebacker. The play would have gone for a huge gain had it occurred during an actual game. Barkley also got open down the field, blowing past a linebacker who looked like he was running with cement shoes. Unfortunately, he didn’t come up with the pass from Manning as it went incomplete when it bounced off his shoulder pad.
Sam Beal was all over the field, playing especially tight coverage on Russell Shepard. Jones tried to hit Shepard across the middle but Beal reached around him to knock the pass away. Two plays later, Jones decides to keep the ball on a designed rollout which would have resulted in a huge gain on the ground.
During the offensive line/defensive line 1-on-1s, the first team offensive line won all five battles with the first team defensive line. Nate Solder stopped Lorenzo Carter, who tried to move to the outside. Mike Remmers put the brakes on Kareem Martin while Will Hernandez, Kevin Zeitler, and Jon Halapio stuffed Dexter Lawrence, B.J. Hill, and Dalvin Tomlinson respectively.
Lawrence later redeemed himself when he and McIntosh were able to win inside, allowing Carter to speedily move past Chad Wheeler on his way to the quarterback.