In preparation for Friday night’s preseason game against the New York Jets, Wednesday’s practice was essentially a regular-season Friday, meaning the Giants worked heavily on game planning. That included a lot of work in the red zone, where Eli Manning looked sharp and threw a few touchdowns (more on that later).
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2. WR Odell Beckham Jr. missed practiced.
The first-round draft choice was again relegated to sideline work as he deals with a hamstring issue. Meanwhile, OT Charles Brown (shoulder), OT James Brewer (back), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), and CB Prince Amukamara (groin) did not participate in team portions of Wednesday’s practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
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3. Eli dominated the “green” zone.
With the defense mimicking some of the Jets’ possible looks, Manning and the offense took a lot of reps inside the 20-yard line. And they converted. Manning hit wide receivers Marcus Harris, Rueben Randle and Corey Washington for touchdowns while also finding tight end Adrien Robinson in the end zone. Ryan Nassib also had a nice touchdown pass to Jerrel Jernigan. >> WATCH: ELI MANNING TO WR MARCUS HARRIS TOUCHDOWN
4. Rookies led a four-interception day for the defense.
After linebacker Devon Kennard wrestled a ball away from wide receiver Julian Talley in the end zone for his second interception in two days, fellow drafted rookie and defensive tackle Jay Bromley had one of his own. The third-round draft choice swallowed a pass at the line of scrimmage for an interception, which was followed by safety Nat “The Missile” Berhe, a fifth-round choice, picking off Curtis Painter. Cornerback Zack Bowman was the only veteran of the group to grab an interception. >> WATCH: SAFETY NAT BERHE INTERCEPTION
5. Ryan Nassib drained a pair of 45-yard passes during a QB drill.
While the special teams went through their reps on Field 2, the quarterbacks were over on Field 1, closest to the field house, practicing their long-range passing. A six-foot tall basket was placed in one corner of the end zone while the three quarterbacks were stationed back near midfield. Nassib, who is trying to hold onto the No. 2 spot behind Manning after recently being flipped with Painter, showed his arm strength and accuracy and drilled two into the netting as some of his teammates looked on. After the drill, safety Antrel Rolle, who has a history in the Wildcat formation when he played with the Arizona Cardinals, wanted a turn. It had the distance but fell just wide.
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