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10 things we learned during Giants minicamp


  1. Beason's foot didn't require surgery.**
    While the Giants were on the field for their first practice of minicamp, the team announced that middle linebacker Jon Beason would not require surgery after suffering a ligament tear and a small fracture to the sesamoid in his right foot during organized team activities (OTAs). However, his foot will be immobilized for six weeks as the first step in his rehabilitation.


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2. Beckham made his return leading up to training camp. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' first-round draft choice, participated in team portions of practice on Wednesday for the first time since straining his hamstring in OTAs. The rookie said he was operating at "85 percent" of his top speed, which he hopes to achieve after the break.3. "All indications" are that McAdoo will call plays from the field.

First-time offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will call plays for the first time in his NFL coaching career and said on Thursday that the coaches "haven't spent a bunch of time talking about it but all early indications are that I'll be down" as opposed to up in the box.4. McClain will be the voice of the defense while Beason is out.

Offseason acquisition Jameel McClain and rookie fifth-round draft choice Devon Kennard manned the middle linebacker role in Beason's absence. Later on, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell confirmed that McClain can also call the plays.5. Snee took a breather.

After undergoing elbow and hip surgeries in the offseason, veteran Chris Snee sat out minicamp, taking a San Antonio Spurs-like approach in staying fresh for minicamp next month and the upcoming season. In the meantime, Brandon Mosley held down his place at right guard.6. Manningham is anxious to get back.

After two injury-plagued years in San Francisco, Manningham is back with the Giants for his second stint but hasn't returned to the field to practice yet with his new-old team. However, both he and coach Tom Coughlin hope to see him out there come training camp.7. Coughlin likes his second-year defensive linemen.

Parting ways with veterans like Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph meant that Damontre Moore and Johnathan Hankins -- both member of the Giants' 2013 draft class -- will have to step up at defensive end and defensive tackle, respectively. You can't adequately grade linemen until they put the full pads on, but head coach Tom Coughlin said Moore has shown "good, steady progress." Of Hankins, Coughlin liked his knowledge and ability to be in the right spot at the right time**.

  1. The tight end competition remains open.* One of the questions heading into OTAs and minicamp was which tight end will separate himself. The coaches are still looking for the answer, but that's what training camp and preseason are for. "When we get the pads on that's when we'll really know where we are," McAdoo said on Thursday.9. Demps is a legitimate No. 1 kickoff returner for the Giants. *

No one was happier with some of the Giants' additions in free agency than special teams coordinator Tom Quinn. The list included Trindon Holliday and Quintin Demps, two returners with distinguished resumes in the NFL.* *"He's been consistent in this league and explosive," Quinn said of Demps. "He's a legitimate No. 1 kickoff returner for us."

10. Giants tweaked 90-man offseason roster. Before the team breaks until training camp, the Giants signed defensive tackle Everett Dawkins and tackle Demarcus Love and released defensive tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna and tackle Steven Baker.

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