Five things we learned at practice (8/14)

Posted Aug 14, 2014's Dan Salomone highlights five things we learned from Thursday's practice

1.  QB Curtis Painter is staying with the twos.
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Painter, who was the third quarterback behind starter Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib for all of the spring and most of training camp, was bumped up this week to No. 2. As the Giants also recently finished the installation of their new offense, coach Tom Coughlin said today that Painter will remain second in the Giants’ third preseason game on Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts with Nassib behind him.


2. WR Odell Beckham Jr. practiced again but will not play on Saturday.
The rookie first-round draft pick progressed each day this week. He went from individual work to 7-on-7 and eventually to team drills, which he did for the second consecutive practice on Thursday and had a nice comeback catch from Ryan Nassib.


However, as he overcomes a hamstring issue, Beckham will not play this Saturday in Indianapolis, but Coughlin said you can expect to see him in next Friday’s “away” game against the Jets.


3. CB Zack Bowman notched the lone interception of practice.
The offseason acquisition from the Chicago Bears picked off Eli Manning on a mix-up with wide receiver Rueben Randle. Meanwhile, rookie safety Nat Berhe also had a nice pass breakup on a ball intended for tight end Larry Donnell in the end zone. Berhe, a fifth-round draft choice nicknamed “The Missile,” tracked Donnell in motion and beat him to the ball to prevent a potential touchdown.
4. Kicker Brandon McManus went 4-for-4.
The Temple product, who spent time with the Colts last season, showed off his leg once again today, making all four of his field goal attempts with impressive range. With each kick, McManus makes the competition with incumbent kicker Josh Brown that much tougher.  “You value a kicker who can make the kicks,” special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said last week. “You try to put the young kicker in some situations and try to test him. The thing about Josh is that he does have a strong leg. A lot of times, you have an old kicker and a young kicker and the young kicker has such a strong leg. But Brandon will really have to beat him out in all areas to win the job and he knows that.”

5. The final play of training camp was…
Putting a fork in the 2014 New York Giants Training Camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, Painter hooked up with wide receiver Preston Parker for a touchdown on the final play. Parker, who played in 27 regular-season games with Tampa Bay from 2010-12 (he also spent time on the New Orleans Saints in 2013), then kindly placed the ball next to the front-left pylon in the end zone, and that’s all she wrote. However, the work is just beginning. “It is, but it isn’t,” Coughlin said about the end of training camp. “We still have two preseason games to go, so the timing is good; the guys that are here and have permanent residences, it is time that they had the opportunity to go home and that type of thing. Our schedule is such that our meetings will remain basically the same. Our days will reflect more of the in-season schedule. For example, a day after a ball game when they come back we are here until 8:30-9:00 o’clock at night because of all the things that need to be done. I think we can wait a while to talk about training camp.”