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New QB Coach already impressed with Eli Manning

Posted Aug 3, 2016

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

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Frank Cignetti Jr. is the Giants’ fourth quarterbacks coach in four years. He follows Sean Ryan, Danny Langsdorf and Mike Sullivan (who is now the offensive coordinator under Ben McAdoo, and who preceded Ryan as the QBs coach).

The Giants have been in training camp for less than a week, but it’s safe to say Cignetti finds working with Eli Manning as enjoyable as his predecessors did.

“Eli has been outstanding,” Cignetti said today. “In the classroom, what a pro. Great preparation. You can see on the practice field that he has been a great decision maker. I am so impressed with his fundamentals. I am very impressed with Eli so far in training camp.”

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Of course, not every quarterbacks coach joins a new team and gets the opportunity to work with a two-time Super Bowl MVP who has thrown for 44,187 yards and 294 touchdowns – just in the regular season.

“Coming here as a quarterbacks coach is awesome,” Cignetti said. “I mean, you could not be in a better place to coach quarterbacks. Coach McAdoo and coach Sullivan are also involved, they do a great job and they have laid a great foundation. Eli is a pro. He has won two Super Bowls. The communication in our classroom is outstanding. It is important for Eli to come to work every day, study the passing game, he is very interested in his fundamentals and his techniques. It has been great.”
•  Odell Beckham Jr. caught a few punts, but otherwise did not practice for the second day in a row as he recovers from the cuts he sustained on his left leg in Sunday’s workout. Beckham continued to work on the side with strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman.

McAdoo said Beckham is “absolutely” making progress. “(He is) running and cutting and we will evaluate him each day,” McAdoo said. “(He) looks close.”

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Beckham could return to the field tomorrow. Or, he could sit another day or two.

“We'll see how he responds,” McAdoo said. “Every day is a new day. It's amazing what could happen over the course of a night.”
•  Secondary/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton has first-round draft choice Eli Apple in his group. Apple’s biggest challenge, he said, “would be the mental. But this game is going to be the biggest challenge, period, mentally because it’s different than college. So outside, it’s going to be the same thing on a lot of the things that you have to learn at this level. We’re going to keep working him and trying to get him as much experience as we can before the first game.”

The coaches have reminded Apple several times during practice to refrain from grabbing receivers.

“He needs to work on it,” Walton said. “That’s why we have officials at practice, they make the calls. So we go back and judge it and see. He has to continue to work on that part, and he does a great job of trying to prove that. We have him being competitive, so I think he’ll be alright in that area.”

•  Johnathan Hankins had 7.0 sacks in 2014, the highest total by a Giants defensive tackle since Keith Hamilton had 10.0 in 2000. But Hankins has set his goals high for this season.

“Right now, I am aiming for one a game,” Hankins said. “If I can get one a game, it will total up pretty good.”

•  Some position groups did drills with soccer balls today.
 
“We’ve got a little bit of everything out there,” McAdoo said. “You’ve got to pay attention.

“We are trying to get our guys used to handling the ball as many different ways as we can to improve hand-eye coordination.  We have to try and keep it as interesting as we can post-practice, and get everyone with their hands on the football. Whatever the case may be, tennis balls.”

•  Tight end Matt LaCosse, who has been active in camp, briefly left practice with a knee injury.

“(He) came back and fought through it,” McAdoo said.

•  Kicker Josh Brown was excused for personal reasons.

•  Justin Tuck, the former defensive end who will enter the Giants’ Ring of Honor this season, attended practice.