Today’s third practice for the New York Giants proved to be both cool and shorter than usual, as the team finished 20 minutes earlier to go inside for an extended stretch. The brevity of today’s practice was a nice break for the players before they put on shoulder pads for the first time tomorrow.
“What we’ve done is, we’ve studied a GPS,” said head coach Tom Coughlin. “The GPS information tries to help us structure the practice, and know when we should be doing things such as this, cutting down on some of the reps on the field, and the whole purpose is to be able to come back and have a full speed practice tomorrow.”
Beckham Still Sidelined
Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not practice today due to the hamstring he tweaked in Tuesday’s practice.
When asked if he had a timetable on Beckham’s return, Coughlin said, “You know as well as I do. Let’s face it, I don’t want it to be like it was in the spring. We need to get the guy back out here and get him out on the field.”
David Wilson Continues to Progress
Third-year running back David Wilson (neck) also practiced fully for a third day in a row. Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who had a similar injury as Wilson’s back in the 2010 season, spoke about the desire to get back on the field after being out for so long, a desire he knows that Wilson shares.
“You can see it on the field, he’s hungry to be back out there,” Kiwanuka said. “He’s prepared to give it his all. I remember being in that same position where you’re sitting in this weight room right here watching everybody practice and all you want to do is be able to get out there on the field.”
“So, when you finally get that chance, he’s going full speed every single rep. He’s listening, he’s attentive, he’s doing everything that he has to do to get back in there. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be the same player that he was before.”
“He’s probably further ahead himself than he even thinks he is,” Kiwanuka finished.
Beatty Rounding Back Into Playing Shape
Tackle Will Beatty practiced in his third straight practice in a row today, with no apparent issues with his leg.
Fifth-year defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul had some positive words to say about Beatty to the media today.
“He’s a big part of the offense,” he said. “I think he’s doing a great job. He’s been giving it a fight and I love that about him because the more I fight with him, the more he fights with me and the better we get.”
Pierre-Paul also had some advice for linebacker Jon Beason, who is currently on the PUP list, regarding rushing back before he’s ready.
“Don’t come out there if you’re not fully healthy,” Pierre-Paul said. “We’d rather have you at 100% than 50%. When you are injured, you are liable to injure something else.”
And the Rest
Wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) participated fully in today’s practice. … Linebacker Jameel McClain, who injured his foot during Tuesday’s practice, was a full participant during practice.
Guard John Jerry saw some action in the 11-on-11 drills in relief of Brandon Mosley. Nothing more has been said as to whether Jerry will be able to play in Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame game.
Giants Release Their Unofficial Depth Chart
The Giants release the first edition of their unofficial depth chart today.
Of interest was the depth at tight end, which listed in order Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Xavier Grimble, Kellen Davis, and Adrien Robinson.
Although Robinson, a third-year player, is listed fifth on the depth chart, he has been taking snaps with the first-line players during practice.
Interestingly, Coughlin singled out Donnell, first on the depth chart, for his strong performance in practice thus far.
Another notable position on the depth chart was fullback. Fourth-year veteran Henry Hynoski was listed ahead of fifth-year veteran John Conner, who finished 2013 healthy.
The competition for the fullback position is one of the closest of this training camp and it is too soon to call.
Statistically, Hynoski’s numbers in comparison to Conner’s numbers are very much even. Conner is a good enough blocker, however, to give himself a fair chance at the starting position.
It may be a question of who can better adjust to McAdoo’s new faster-paced offense, but as of right now, there is no clear answer to that question.
The linebacker position is also of interest. Rookie Devon Kennard out of USC is listed as the starting strong-side linebacker.
Kennard has been on the outside with the starters while Jameel McCkain has been filling in for Jon Beason in the middle.
Beason is currently on the PUP list, his return date not yet known.