Which players stood out at practice? (8/13)

Posted Aug 13, 2014

These three Giants players made a big impact at Training Camp Practice

OT Justin Pugh
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When it comes to linemen, the coaches have a favorite phrase: let’s see them when the pads come on. However, padded practices are less frequent these days in training camp, making the times with them that much more important. Wednesday was one of those days. From going toe-to-toe with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during a 1-on-1 drill that ended in a draw to holding down the right side in 9-on-7s, Pugh has shown that he just scratched the surface as a rookie last year, when he started all 16 games at right tackle.

“We only have a couple weeks in where we have pads on those guys,” offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said this week. “So you are always chasing that pass protection and getting used to passing off stunts and fitting their pads in the protections and being physical. So that is the biggest challenge.”


CB Chandler Fenner
Signed midway through camp on Aug. 1, Fenner, a former member of the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, has made a handful of nice plays in practice, including Wednesday’s interception of Curtis Painter on a deep ball intended for Mario Manningham.

Exactly a week ago, Fenner picked off Painter for the first time and also broke up an Eli Manning pass to Rueben Randle in the end zone.


LB Devon Kennard
Before the Giants drafted him in the fifth round this past May, Kennard did it all during his career at USC. Of his 32 college starts, one was at rush end, eight were at middle linebacker, five at strongside defensive end, and 18 at strongside outside linebacker. He hasn’t exactly played all of those positions at the professional level, but the versatility has helped him adapt to the NFL, which he showed again with a physical outing on Wednesday.

“I think it has helped him,” coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. “He appears to be one of those guys, he’s a football player. He likes to be physical, he learns well, he plays special teams, and he plays on defense. I think that experience has been good for him.”