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5 things we learned at Training Camp (8/14)

Posted Aug 14, 2016

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

The New York Giants returned to the field on Sunday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It was their first practice following Friday night’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins. After select veterans (five-year men) break camp tomorrow, the team travels to take on the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

“Good to get out there in the heat today,” McAdoo said.

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Here are five things we learned at camp:

1. JENKINS ENDED ELI’S STREAK

All streaks must come to an end. Quarterback Eli Manning got his first interception out of the way on the very first snap of training camp more than two weeks ago and hadn’t thrown another until today.

Manning was trying to hit rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard deep down the left sideline, but he didn’t get off a clean throw. The ball hung in the air long enough for cornerback Janoris Jenkins to leap in front and come down with the easy interception.


2. BECKHAM, DONNELL FOUND THE END ZONE

Making up for the turnover, Manning threw two touchdowns to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and another to tight end Larry Donnell. All three came in the red zone, which has been a point of emphasis all summer. On Beckham’s first one, the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver made a slick, sliding catch in the back right corner of the end zone. On Donnell’s, the tight end was able to spin and shield himself from safety Landon Collins in the end zone for the score.

3. APPLE HAS MUSCLE STRAIN; INJURY NOTES

Rookie cornerback Eli Apple, who suffered a “slight muscle strain” around his knee during the preseason opener, was held back today at camp. The same went for wide receiver Geremy Davis, who is dealing with a hamstring.

“Geremy's hamstring is bothering him, but he's definitely taken a step so far this camp,” McAdoo said. “He's a very conscientious guy. He's a hard worker, smart guy, quarterbacks trust him and can count on him.”

Meanwhile, wide receiver Victor Cruz’s groin injury is still bothering him after not playing in Friday’s game. McAdoo said he’ll get treatment tonight and will be evaluated again tomorrow. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley, who has been on the physically unable to perform list following an offseason ankle procedure, passed his physical and returned to practice today. Shepard “did a little more than anticipated” today and took some team reps while dealing with a sore groin.


4. WILLIAMS IS ON A MISSION

Like some other members in his 2014 draft class, running back Andre Williams burst onto the scene and led the Giants in carries (217), rushing yards (721) and rushing touchdowns (seven) as a rookie. However, those numbers dipped dramatically last season when he had just 257 yards on 88 attempts. In a deep competition this year, Williams is “on a mission” and led the team with 41 yards on nine carries in the first preseason game.

“He’s sleeker, definitely sleeker,” McAdoo said. “Has a little more burst. He seems to be a man on a mission, so it's nice to see him respond with some carries last week. Let’s see how he responds moving forward.”

5. BEST OF THE REST

LB Jasper Brinkley broke up a Ryan Nassib pass intended for WR Roger Lewis over the middle … CB Trevin Wade tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage off third-string QB Logan Thomas … S Cooper Taylor got in the way of a potential TD catch by Shepard in the end zone ... Rookie TE Jerell Adams caught a pass from Manning with the first team … Sunday was the final practice of training camp open to the general public.