Today’s practice for the New York Giants was only a little over an hour. The team spent about 20 minutes inside stretching directly afterwards.
Though today was the sixth day of training camp, it was only the second in which the players used complete pads.
“You’re not going to get it done in shorts and t-shirts,” Coach Tom Coughlin told the media after practice. “It’s a physical game; it’s got to be played up front. It’s got to be technically sound. You must be able to physically be in a position where you’re making the blocks or you’re defending. As you know, we’ve always put tremendous stock in what’s up front with the offensive line and the defensive line as a measure of, literally, the strength of our team.”
“We’re glad to be in the pads because each day they are challenged to be more physical,” Coughlin continued. “We always talk about being smart because we don’t want anybody to do anything stupid to cost us a player. But the physical aspect of the game is something that we have to definitely get back to.”
Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, who has been out of practice since last Tuesday due to a hamstring injury, did not practice today. He was not out on the field and Coughlin told the media afterwards that Beckham is getting treatments and tests done on his hamstring today.
Tight End Xavier Grimble, who suffered a minor hamstring strain a few days ago, did not practice for the second day in a row today.
Coughlin did not provide any information as to when he will return or the status of his injury.
Wide receiver Trindon Holliday, who tweaked his right leg yesterday while fielding punts, did practice today. He got some work in with the punt returners and did not appear to have any difficulties with his leg.
Manningham Coming Back
Wide receiver Mario Manningham spoke to the media today about recovering from the arthroscopic procedure that he had in January on his left knee.
He said that coming in and out of breaks has been particularly challenging for him given the injury.
“Knowing I have the injury, it is taking me a little bit of time, but every day, as I said, it is getting better and better. Coming out of my breaks, that is it, just want to come out of my breaks smooth and fluid like I was.”
When asked if he is close being the player that he once was, Manningham said “Knock a couple cobwebs off but I’m getting there.”
Manningham is also working to boost his confidence up again. He said that it is a matter of sticking his foot in the ground and going.
“I want to do the old stuff that I used to do,”Manningham said. “Get some strength. My strength is getting there. Every day I feel better and better. I want to try out new releases, this is training camp. That is when you learn from your mistakes and do what you have to do to better your skill level and put yourself in the best position.”
Though Manningham is not sure how many preseason games he will play, he does expect to play in some.
Quarterback Eli Manning understands that it is going to take some time for Manningham to be where he once was, but Manning still has confidence in Manningham’s ability to perform.
“He didn’t practice at in the spring so he’s only been out here for a few practices but he’s a guy who can make plays for you,” Manning said. “We have good communication, being on the same page with things. He’s still learning a new offense and he’s only been out here a few days”
Fifth-year wide receiver Victor Cruz also expressed his confidence in Manningham’s ability.
“I think he’s still mentally getting through his injures but I think he can still make those plays that he made it in the past,” Cruz said.
Linebacker Jon Beason (foot) remains on the Giants’ PUP list. He has been on the field as a spectator since camp started.
Guard John Jerry practiced fully in today’s practice with no apparent issues to his knee. There is still no information about his status for the Aug. 3. Hall of Fame game.