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Practice Report: Final tune-up before MetLife Bowl

Posted Aug 26, 2015

Giants.com's Dan Salomone breaks down Wednesday's practice with 5 things we learned


1. Marshall Newhouse injured; Berhe re-aggravated calf.


Right tackle Marshall Newhouse left Wednesday’s training camp practice with an ankle injury after it was stepped on during team drills at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Geoff Schwartz and rookie Bobby Hart rotated in to fill the gap for the remainder of practice.

Meanwhile, safety Nat Berhe re-aggravated a calf injury that caused him to miss all of the spring and most of summer. He has yet to appear in a preseason game this year.

Center Weston Richburg (knee tendinitis) and wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) did not practice.

2. Big day for tight ends.

It was a good day to be a Giants tight end. Led by Daniel Fells, who had a big reception during the two-minute drill that set up a would-be field goal, the group made plays all over the field today. Larry Donnell also hauled in a pass on the final drive in addition to an earlier touchdown from Eli Manning. Jerome Cunningham added to the mix with a handful of catches from both Manning and backup quarterback Ryan Nassib.


3. Another interception for DRC; Wade, too.

For the second-straight day, veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie grabbed an interception for what would have been a pick-six in a game. This time it was off Nassib after defensive end Owa Odighizuwa applied pressure. Shorter after, defensive back Trevin Wade intercepted Ryan Stanzi, who was running the scout team in preparation for Saturday. Wade has four passes defensed in two preseason games, including an interception in the opener that he returned 61 yards.

4. Osi set bar for current Giants.

While the Giants wound down their 2015 training camp, the facility buzzed with the retirement ceremony of defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who is fourth on the franchise’s all-time sacks list. Most notably for Odighizuwa, who idolized him and sat in for his farewell speech today, Umenyiora helped set the bar for the current generation of Giants defensive linemen.

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“That is a good thing,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “It is always important to have something to look at to establish where you have to get to, to have that kind of success, and I think those guys represent that.”

5. Starters to play first half in MetLife Bowl.


Beginning the transition from training camp to the regular season, Wednesday’s practice included work with scout teams leading up to the third preseason game whenstarters typically last the longest. Earlier in the day, Coughlin said the starters will mostly play until halftime of the MetLife Bowl against the Jets. Rosters will be reduced to 75 players on Sept. 1 before the final 53-man list is announced Sept. 5.

“Well, we have played our people a little bit more this preseason,” Coughlin said. “The third game, obviously, is an important game, just like any of them are but as far as advancing our people, we’ll play a half. There may be some that extend and there may be some that won’t not play a full half, but by and large, we’ll plan on playing a half and a half.”