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5 Things we learned at Giants Practice (9/21)

Posted Sep 21, 2017

Here are five things you need to know from Giants practice on Thursday:

1. ROBINSON CLEARED

Linebacker Keenan Robinson, who was a fixture in the Giants’ sub packages last year, has yet to appear in a game, preseason or otherwise. That could change this Sunday because he has been cleared from the concussion protocol and practiced fully on Thursday. Robinson played on 70.3 percent of the defensive snaps a year ago, racking up 83 tackles and seven passes defensed.

“Honestly, just hoping I can just do my part,” Robinson said. “Whatever my job is, whether that’s manning the middle, covering backs, covering tight ends, I just want to do it as well as I can and just do my part to play.”

2. INJURY REPORT

NYG:

Did not practice: LB B.J. Goodson (shin), RT Bobby Hart (ankle), CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (groin)

Limited: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), TE Evan Engram (concussion protocol)

PHI:

Did not practice: CB Ronald Darby (ankle), S Corey Graham (hamstring), S Rodney McLeod (hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist), S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)

Full: LB Najee Goode (forearm), DE Brandon Graham (triceps), CB Kalen Mills (thumb)

3. ODELL RAMPING UP

In his first game back from a preseason ankle injury, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. played 34 snaps on Monday night against Detroit, which came out to 60.7 percent of the total offensive plays. Three days later, the three-time Pro Bowler said he came away from the game without any setbacks and will just keep ramping up the rehab to “get as good as you can get.”

“I feel like I can take over a game at any time, no matter ankle, anything like that,” Beckham said. “So it’s just a matter of getting those opportunities and making the most of them.”

Beckham added: “0-2, 16-0, I always want to be a difference maker, and I think last year around Week 5, we were 2-3. So there is not really any panic in my eyes. I know it’s a long season. We didn’t have a good start. I know it’s cliché, but it is not about how you start, it’s how you finish, but it really is.”

4. SULLY LOOKING FOR MORE PLAYS

Following his team’s eighth consecutive game without scoring at least 20 points, coach Ben McAdoo said there would be changes coming, possibly including him handing over the play calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. When asked today if the offense has been too predictable,

Sullivan said he wishes the team was on the field long enough to be predictable. The Giants have seven three-and-out drives so far, tied for fourth-most in the league.

“Well, I think regardless of the team, regardless of the offense that’s run, regardless of any of those variables, it still comes down to players making plays and it’s about the players and it’s about them being able to go out there and perform,” Sullivan said. “And then obviously, no kidding, coach, it’s our job to put them in the right spots and try to feature what their strengths are and try to minimize or mask or reduce what the weaknesses are.”

5. WENTZ COOL UNDER PRESSURE

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the second overall pick in last year’s draft, broke the all-time rookie record with 379 completions in his debut season. And he’s only getting better. Around the locker room today, the Giants’ defensive players were all asked how he’s improved from Year 1 to Year 2. They all pointed to his comfort level under pressure.

“I feel like he’s more comfortable in that pocket, his awareness, being able to escape the pressure and being able to make the big throws and extending downs,” defensive end Olivier Vernon said. “I feel like he’s been doing a great job of that. You’ve seen it towards the end of the season last year that he started getting more comfortable and he’s carrying it into this season.”