1. DT Patterson is taking advantage of playing with the first team.
Defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who two years ago at training camp with the Eagles suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a tangle of blood vessels on his brain, is full-go at training camp this year. Entering his 10th NFL season -- and second with the Giants -- a slimmer Patterson has been practicing with the first-string defense and was listed next to Cullen Jenkins as a starter in the first unofficial depth chart. “All of the AVM stuff, I’m just happy to finally put that behind me and move on,” Patterson said, later adding, “I’m fresh this year and have nothing to worry about. I’m just excited.” >>Watch: Mike Patterson Interview
2.WR Beckham is day by day, “definitely” thinks he’ll play in preseason.
First-round draft choice Odell Beckham Jr., who has been dealing with a hamstring issue, said today that he’s as frustrated as head coach Tom Coughlin that he’s not currently able to practice at full speed. The rookie wide receiver is taking it day by day with the training staff and said later that he definitely thinks he’ll be playing in the preseason, not including this Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills. >> Flashback: Giants draft WR Odell Beckham
3. Former first-rounder Amukamara can relate to Beckham.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara, the Giants’ 2011 first-round draft pick, had his own rookie season cut in half because of a fractured foot he suffered in his first training camp. So he can relate to being a top draft choice who missed time early in his career, as Beckham has in this year’s training camp. “It’s definitely a lot of pressure, especially as a first-round pick and as high as he went [in the draft],” Amukamara said.