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5 things we learned at Training Camp (7/30)

Posted Jul 30, 2016

Giants.com highlights five takeaways from the latest Training Camp practice:

The 2016 New York Giants are now open to the public.

After rain pushed the first practice of training camp indoors yesterday, the gates at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center opened on Saturday to a “sea of red, white and blue,” in the words of first-year head coach Ben McAdoo.

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“It was great to have the fans here,” he said. “We appreciate their energy, their enthusiasm. They’ve been great so far, very supportive. Nothing better than a New York Giants fan.”

Here are five things we learned today at camp:

1. KENNARD OPENED CAMP WITH INT

Friday’s opening practice was mostly a jog-through, but the Giants went full speed today to the delight of their fans. Third-year linebacker Devon Kennard treated them with an interception on the very first play during 7-on-7 drills. In the past, as offensive coordinator, McAdoo would have had difficulty stomaching an interception. But now he is in charge of the defense, too, and he praised Kennard’s effort and athleticism. After practice he was asked about the last time he was happy to see an interception, to which he responded, “Never.”

2. DONNELL BOUNCED BACK

Larry Donnell is back. The tight end who missed the second half of last season due to a neck injury bounced back and got off to a fast start in his 2016 return. Donnell hauled in a handful of passes from Eli Manning today, including a diving catch down the seam. That’s where McAdoo was particularly happy to see his success.

“Winning down the middle of the field is huge for this offense,” McAdoo said, “and he’ someone that could definitely do that for us, and he laid out and made a real nice catch on the second one he came up with.”

3. KING FOR A DAY

Originally a fifth-round draft pick by Denver in 2013, Tavarres King is looking for a permanent home after bouncing around the practice squads of the Broncos, Panthers, Jaguars, Buccaneers and, most recently, the Giants. Plays like the one he had on Saturday will help. The Georgia product was on the receiving end of the day’s top highlight. He found some separation down the right sideline and backup quarterback Ryan Nassib hit him perfectly in stride for a long touchdown. Making it even better, the hookup was on the nearest field and nearest sideline to the crowd, which grew to a roar as the play developed. 

4. DAVIS MADE HIS CASE

Second-year wide receiver Geremy Davis didn’t see many touches as a rookie, but the former sixth-round draft pick is trying to change that this summer. Davis made a diving catch on a ball from Manning early in practice before the two hooked up for a touchdown from the red zone.   

5. MILHOUSE & HUGHES FILL IN AT DT; J.T. THOMAS GETTING CLOSER

Three Giants began training camp on the physically unable to perform list, two of which were defensive tackles: Damon Harrison (knee swelling) and Jay Bromley (offseason ankle procedure). While McAdoo doesn’t think any of them are extremely serious, Greg Milhouse and Montori Hughes have seen time with the first team alongside starter Johnathan Hankins. The Giants also shored up the position yesterday by signing Jermelle Cudjo and Davon Coleman. Additionally, linebacker J.T. Thomas, the third player on PUP, is “getting closer,” McAdoo said today. Thomas has been dealing with a hamstring injury.

• The Giants are back on the field tomorrow for a 10:40 a.m. practice, which is set to be open to the public.