Five things we learned at practice (8/19)

Posted Aug 19, 2014 highlights five takeaways from Tuesday's practice

1. Roughly half of practice was carded.
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As the Giants prepare for their second-to-last preseason game against the Jets, they practiced extensively off “cards,” meaning they’re game planning for a specific opponent as opposed to just running their basic offense or defense. Quarterback Eli Manning hopes it gets the first-team offense going. “Hopefully it will help,” he said yesterday. “We’ve still got to perform better. No matter how well you game plan, it’s still the execution on the field that’s the most important thing. We know we’ve got to perform at a higher level and make some plays that are out there and be more consistent.”


2. LB Devon Kennard showed more than physicality.
In the absence of Jon Beason (foot), the rookie fifth-round draft choice out of USC has thrived in the starting rotation. He first grabbed everyone’s attention with a couple big hits in training camp, but he’s more than a bruiser, which he showed on Tuesday. Kennard stepped in front of an Eli Manning pass over the middle during 7-on-7 drills, tipping the ball to himself for an interception. Just yesterday Beason praised Kennard’s work in the film room and ability to absorb coaching, describing him as “wise beyond his years.” We’re seeing that on the field.

3. Wide receivers made the push for six.
As the 90-man summer rosters must be reduced to 75 on Aug. 26 and then down to the final 53 on Aug. 30, the emergence of a handful of wide receivers might mean six could be kept. Coach Tom Coughlin said today he wouldn’t be against it, especially after a practice in which players like Corey Washington, Marcus Harris, and Julian Talley all notched impressive catches.


4. WR Odell Beckham Jr. missed practice; won’t play vs. Jets.  
The first-round draft pick, who has been dealing with a hamstring issue all summer, was sore this morning and was held out of practice today at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Coughlin also confirmed that Beckham will not play in the Giants’ fourth of five preseason games on Friday night against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. “They don’t feel like it’s a re-injury, but they’re going to continue to be cautious if that’s what it takes,” Coughlin said. “They’re saying no setback. That’s kind of where we are on it.”


5. Justin Pugh played some left tackle.
The second-year pro, who started all 16 games as a rookie at right tackle, took some reps on the left side today with James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder) sidelined. “You always attempt to be creative, flexible,” Coughlin said. “As many people as you can have to be centers, you never know about that, either.”