Standout players from Training Camp practice (8/9)

Posted Aug 9, 2016

These three players made a key impact at Giants Training Camp Practice:

First-year head coach Ben McAdoo has a vision for his team: sound, smart, tough, committed to discipline and poise.

Training camp is the time for players to compete and show they can be all those things. Over the next month, the Giants will find 53 of them before kicking off Week 1 at Dallas on Sept. 11.

“You can’t get there in one day,” McAdoo said. “It’s a process and a development and it takes time to get it done.”


Here are three players who stood out today at camp:


After the offense dominated the two-minute drill on Monday, Olivier Vernon led the defense in a strong showing today. His best play was a “sack” of Eli Manning, who was wearing a red non-contact jersey as always, on fourth down from the 4-yard line to end the simulation. From the starters to the third-stringers, the defense stopped the offense three times in a row on the two-minute drill.  

“Defense had a nice day today,” McAdoo said after practice.


The Brooklyn native grabbed a rare interception off a tipped pass from third-string quarterback Logan Thomas. It was just the third pick of the summer, while Eli Manning hasn’t thrown one since the very first snap of camp. Ryan Nassib got his out of the way over a week ago, so the law of averages -- and Williams -- caught up to Thomas today.

“He'll be an interesting guy to see play in the [first preseason] game,” McAdoo said of Williams. “I'm looking forward to watching him.”

Originally listed as a defensive end, Williams, 6-4 and 253 pounds, has been seeing time at linebacker.  

“That's where we've been playing him,” McAdoo added. “He's a big man that can cover a lot of ground. He's raw, hasn't played a lot of football. So the more reps we can get him, the better.”


The rookie second-round draft pick continues to show his ability to make all the tough catches, racking up a handful today during 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and full team periods. He helped Manning to a perfect 5-for-5 start before catching a touchdown from Nassib in the red zone. Now he’ll try to translate the success to games, beginning on Friday night.

“It is my first time being able to put on the Giants uniform,” Shepard said. “Every time I step on to the field, I want to give my max effort and I don’t want to put any sloppy film out there.”