Today’s practice for the New York Giants at the Quest Diagnostics training center was a warm one and it saw a lot of heat related injuries.
First-year tight end Xavier Grimble and fourth-year linebacker Spencer Adkins were both carted off the field to get fluids.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tweaked his hamstring during practice and was seen standing on the sideline for some time.
Beckham was able to see some action though and told reporters prior that his hamstring feels okay. He said that they are merely taking preventative measures on it now.
“It’s not something you want to stick around and linger because it’s not easy to overcome a hamstring,” he said. “It is in the back of your mind, you always have that there but you try not to focus on it as much and go as hard as you can.”
Guard Brandon Mosley was also carted off the field early due to stomach pains. As a result, the first-year offensive lineman Weston Richburg saw more action at guard today, though the original plan was for him to take reps at center, according to Coach Coughlin.
Coach Coughlin assured reporters following practice however, that the injuries to the majority of the players today were nothing to be too concerned about it.
“I think most of them were heat related,” he said.
Most of them were heat related with the exception of linebacker Jameel McClain who was taken off the field due to an irritation with his foot, specifically in the metatarsal area, Coughlin told reporters.
“He thought it was a shoe part of it, that it was an irritation in his foot,” he said. “But it was over the metatarsals so they took him to look at that. He’s the one guy right now that, other than heat, I’d be interested to see what the discussion is inside.”
This is McClain’s first year with the Giants. He is coming off of a 2013 season with the Baltimore Ravens in which he played 13 games, recorded 52 tackles and 22 assists.
Ultimately, Coughlin is hoping that McClain is suffering from a sore foot and that is all.
Linebackers Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger were on the seven-on-seven and alternated at middle linebacker following McClain’s absence.
An injury to McClain could be particularly hurtful to the Giants, with linebacker Jon Beason on the active PUP list. Coughlin however, has found reasons to be positive.
“I’m not going to speculate about something I don’t know,” he said. We were disappointed when Jon got hurt but excited about the fact that he seems to be doing really well. I watched his treatment the other day, and, boy, if he’s got a tender foot, he’s hiding it well. I think that he is making really good progress.”
The absence of Beason allowed for first-year linebacker Devon Kennard to practice with the starters today.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham, dubbed limited for training camp, took some reps as a punt returner today as well as participated in wide receiver individual drills. He did not play in the team practice.
Fifth year guard John Jerry, who was also deemed limited, does not know if he will be able to play in the Hall of Fame game next week in Canton, Ohio.
Tackle Will Beatty, who is coming back from a leg injury, saw some reps with the second-string line.
Beatty told reporters he would like to play in some pre-season games, but at the same time understands the importance of not rushing back into it.
“Right now I’m limited in practice, trying to get that endurance back and trying not to overdo it,” he told reporters.
David Tyree Named New Director of Player Development
In other news, David Tyree, known for his catch in Super Bowl XLII that helped lead the Giants to victory against the Patriots, was named the new director of player development today.
At 34 years old, Tyree replaces Charles Way who was named the head of the National Football League’s Player Engagement Department earlier this month. Way was a former Giants fullback from 1955-99 and served as the director of player development since 2000.
Tyree, who played for the Giants from 2003-2008 said in a press release by the Giants that his return to the organization is like a second homecoming.
“I’m grateful to be an example and hopefully represent this great organization in the same light and continue the great atmosphere and tradition of a wonderful organization with a premier culture,” he said. “I’m just thrilled to get in here and serve these players.”
General manager Jerry Reese said that he is excited to have Tyree back with the organization.
“We interviewed four outstanding candidates to replace Charles, but at the end of the day David was a perfect and natural fit,” Reese said.
Former director, Way, was out on the practice field every day working with the offense. Tyree said that he is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Giants again.