Up and down, inside and out, the interceptions came from all over the depth chart on Tuesday. Safeties Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe, whom safeties coach David Merritt praised earlier in the day, grabbed the first two of a three-interception day for the secondary. Taylor jumped in front of a Ryan Nassib pass for tight end Larry Donnell, and a few plays later, the rookie Berhe snagged one off Curtis Painter intended for tight end Adrien Robinson. Later on, cornerback Trumaine McBride intercepted Nassib to complete the trio of picks. Cornerback Walter Thurmond III almost made it four but couldn’t quite hold onto it. That cost him 10 pushups.
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TE Larry Donnell
While the defense had its fun, the second-year tight end made the offensive play of the day. Donnell used all of his athleticism and a 6-6, 265-pound frame to haul in a Curtis Painter pass as he backpedaled through traffic and fell to the turf. Earlier in 7-on-7 drills, Donnell made another leaping catch from Ryan Nassib, leading a productive day for his position group.
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CB Charles James
Any time you have a practice that produces three interceptions with a handful of nice catches and a special teams gunner sticks out, you know he’s doing something right. That was the case on Tuesday with Charles James. He’s made his share of plays on defense, but he’s still doing what got him on the 53-man roster last year as an undrafted rookie out of Charleston Southern. And that’s flying around on special teams. On back-to-back punts, he exploded off the line of scrimmage and was the first man down the field both times to thwart any chance for the returner. >> WATCH: A GIANTS LIFE
Wednesday nights practice (Aug. 6 from 5:40PM to 7:50PM) will include several special opportunities for Giants fans. David Diehl, Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie and Deon Grant will be in attendance to sign autographs from 5:45PM to 7:45PM. Fans will receive a limited edition “Giants Pride” t-shirt featuring the team’s 90th season commemorative logo on the chest, as well as a Giants pride poster or 90th season pennant. There will also be face painting stations and inflatable activities for kids. The Giants current linebacker group will each sign for the fans for 15 minutes at the conclusion of practice.
In the event that inclement weather closes practice to the public, the rain date for these activities will be Monday, August 11th when practice runs from 3:20PM - 5:30PM.