Five things we learned at practice (8/18)

Posted Aug 18, 2014's Dan Salomone shares five takeaways from Monday's practice

1. Injury report.
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Tight end Daniel Fells, who had been having a good camp before injuring his knee, and defensive tackle Mike Patterson (shoulder) returned to practice today, as did wide receiver and return specialist Trindon Holliday in a limited role. Meanwhile, tight end Kellen Davis (Achilles strain) and offensive tackle James Brewer (back) were added to the list of players unable to practice on Monday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


2. Weston Richburg mixed in with the first team at left guard.
The rookie second-round draft choice, who has played all three interior line positions this summer, split reps today with Geoff Schwartz as part of Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff trying to find the right combination come Week 1. “You’ve seen that before,” Coughlin said. “How many times do we have to talk about this? Richburg has played left guard, he played right guard. He did that the other night. Schwartz has played left guard, Mosley’s played right guard. There are a lot of different combinations. There’s nothing to that. Guys are going to play. We’re trying to figure out who is on the team. Different combinations are good.”


3. Mario Manningham saw a lot of action.
The wide receiver combinations were as plentiful as the offensive line ones today at practice. In addition to Marcus Harris and preseason hero Corey Washington -- who both made a few nice catches on Monday -- Manningham took reps at times with the first team. The veteran receiver, who is making his second go with the Giants, showed some good separation, which opened up chances for three deep passes thrown his way.

4. Curtis Painter hooked up with Julian Talley for a long touchdown.
While he was flipped back to third in the quarterback rotation behind Ryan Nassib today, Painter connected with Talley for the play of the day. The wide receiver split two defenders as he neared the end zone, where Painter landed a perfect strike over Talley’s shoulder for a 50-yard score. Victor Cruz, who was once upon a time an undrafted wide receiver out of UMass like Talley, was the first one to congratulate him as he trotted back to the sideline.

5. The big hit of the day went to…
Fullback John Conner gave rookie defensive end Kerry Wynn a “welcome to the NFL moment” when he popped him while blocking on a kickoff return. The close runner-up was safety Quintin Demps stopping running back Michael Cox in his tracks with a forearm after taking a handoff.