Training Camp Week 1 Wrap-Up

Posted Aug 1, 2016's Dan Salomone wraps up the first week of 2016 Giants Training Camp: 

It’s go time.

The New York Giants have 40 more days until Week 1 at Dallas and just 11 until the first preseason game against Miami. In preparation, they opened training camp on Thursday with a conditioning test before hitting the practice fields over the weekend at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.  With three practices in the books, players are enjoying a day off today, but they will strap on the full pads tomorrow for what Ben McAdoo calls a “thud tempo” practice.


“I know those big guys are looking forward to that,” the first-year head coach said. “Some of the drills we have planned for them will be exciting.”

Before things really heat up, here’s a look back at the action so far in case you missed it:


In just two seasons, Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. have already connected for 25 touchdowns. And it’s because they play like they practice. On Sunday, the franchise quarterback hit the Pro Bowl receiver for a long touchdown. On the play, Beckham got a step on Trevin Wade and snatched the ball out of the air in front of rookie safety Darian Thompson.  

“It’s just a matter of getting those good reps in,” Beckham said. “You don’t have as many reps as you would like, so you have to take the ones that you have and utilize them and put the most effort into them. I mean, it’s always fun catching a pass, it’s always fun, so just trying to work every day.”


It took only one play for third-year linebacker Devon Kennard to put the defense on the board. On the very first snap of training camp, he intercepted Eli Manning down the sideline during 7-on-7 drills. After practice, McAdoo likened it to the play Kennard had last year at Buffalo in Week 4 when he recorded his first career pick.

“It just happened to come my way,” Kennard said. “It was a wheel route by Will Tye, and I leveraged myself well and made it hard for him to get the ball in there. It was a good play.”

Added Kennard: “It was pretty similar [to Buffalo]. It was opposite sides, but it was a pretty similar type of play.” 


“Our goal is still to put the fifth trophy in the case, and the other thing we addressed is that those are just words right now.” -- McAdoo in his opening remarks of camp

• General manager Jerry Reese met with the media on Sunday and discussed a wide range of topics, including changes to the offseason program to avoid the injury bug.

• Beckham was accidentally cleated by cornerback Janoris Jenkins during Sunday’s practice and suffered a “cut or two.” But the injury is not serious. 

• Three Giants opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list

• Giants won't assume a repeat of two record-setting years on offense. 

• Tight end Larry Donnell is impressing coaches in return from injury. 

Middle linebacker competition will be “interesting to see how it unfolds.” 

• Two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Tom Coughlin was named NFL Senior Advisor to Football Operations, the league announced Monday.