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

Posted Aug 5, 2016

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


Now in the driver’s seat, Ben McAdoo put the pedal to the metal the last few days at training camp before taking his foot off the gas a little bit on Friday.

As the plan called for, the New York Giants dialed it back today for a jog-through practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. They better catch their breath while they can; tomorrow will be the longest practice thus far this summer.

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“We talked to them last night that this was the plan all along,” McAdoo said. “We call it a REM Friday. We had a little bit more REMs last night, brought them in a little bit later, had a chance to hydrate them and bring it back down. We recovered this morning, and we're starting that launch back up and tomorrow is going to be a great day.”

Here are five things we learned today at camp:

1. ODELL IS BOUNCING BACK

A lower leg injury limited wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. all week, but he was able to do more today during the jog-through practice. The Pro Bowler was accidentally cleated by cornerback Janoris Jenkins in last Sunday’s practice and suffered a few cuts.

“He was fine,” McAdoo said after practice. “He was out there today, involved in the rotation today. We'll take a look tomorrow morning for tomorrow.”

2. CRUZ OK AFTER FIRST DAYS IN PADS

Wide receiver Victor Cruz hasn’t taken a live hit in a game since October of 2014, but he was knocked to the ground a few times in yesterday’s practice in full pads. He bounced back up each time.

“I think that’s great, that’s healthy,” McAdoo said today. “That's a part of it.”

It may be part of the process, but did one of the hits have to be from Damon “Snacks” Harrison, a 350-pound defensive tackle?

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“[When] Snacks Harrison hits you, you get on the ground and do a 10 fingers and 10 toes check and then you get up, but it was good,” Cruz said yesterday. “I didn’t even realize that I got hit. I got up and I was running back and I was like, ‘Wow, I just got hit pretty good.’ It kind of hits you afterwards, but I was happy I got hit and was happy I was able to feel that game time feel a little bit and made it out OK.”

3. HALL GOT HIS FEET WET

Signed yesterday, veteran cornerback Leon Hall jumped into practice today. He wore his blue No. 25 jersey for the first time on the field and began in the slot, just like defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo alluded to yesterday. Hall, a 100-game starter who played nine seasons in Cincinnati, watched from the sidelines on Thursday standing next to cornerbacks coach Tim Walton.

“Right now, he's getting his feet wet in the system, he's learning,” McAdoo said. “He's played a lot of football. So we expect him to make a quick transition.”

4. VERNON, FLOWERS MAKING EACH OTHER BETTER

Unlike some of their fellow Miami brethren, Olivier Vernon and Ereck Flowers let their play do all the talking -- and not their mouths.

But that’s not the only thing that bonds them. The two Miami natives and former Hurricanes swapped jerseys as opponents last season when the Giants played the Dolphins. But after Vernon signed with Big Blue this offseason, the two are making each other better in one of the must-see matchups of camp.

“Flowers is going to be a really good player, man,” Vernon said of last year’s first-round draft pick. “Right now it is all about getting each other better. He helps me out just as far as when it comes to the pass rushing. As young as Flowers is, he is ahead of the game as far as what he knows and his athletic ability. Once he starts getting more knowledge of the game and he puts it with his athletic ability, he is going to be even better, man. I like going against Ereck, just to get each other better.”

5. ELI, GIANTS CELEBRATED YOUTH DAY


In celebration of “Youth Day” at training camp, quarterback Eli Manning, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Cruz represented the players and spoke to the children and their parents after today’s practice.

“For me, coming to the New York Giants, being the quarterback of the New York Giants, I wanted to set an example and be a part of the community, give back in some way,” said Manning, who last season was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. “Over my 13 years, I’ve tried to do that, got involved with numerous charities around the New Jersey/New York area. That’s what I love to do, but I think being a part of your community, setting an example in your community, that’s something everybody can do.”

UP NEXT: After dialing it back a bit on Friday, the Giants are back on the field tomorrow at 10:40 a.m. for what will be one of the toughest practices of camp. Players will have Sunday off. 

“Yeah, we're going to build up,” McAdoo said. “Tomorrow is going to be long, it's going to be physical, it's going to be fast. “