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3 Standout Players at Training Camp (8/2)




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At the beginning of the offseason workout program, Jackson, a 2014 sixth-round draft pick by the Giants, was approached by the team about moving from cornerback to safety.

His response: "Let's do it." That transition took another step on Sunday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center when Jackson got his first look on the top tandem with rookie Landon Collins, who has been slotted on the first team since Day 1. With the team in shoulder pads for the first time at training camp, Jackson flashed on a handful of plays, including ripping the ball out of the hands of a tight end to disrupt a catch.

"Seems to be doing okay," coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. "There's a guy coming off an injury, too, but nobody talks about him much. He's been out there and done a pretty good job."

On the transition, Coughlin added, "There's a lot to learn. Safeties have a lot of information to spit out in a short amount of time. It's a totally different position from corner, so he's got things to learn but so far he's done pretty well."


Like he did in his first training camp as a rookie, Kennard did not go unnoticed when the intensity was turned up a notch with the shoulder pads coming on. While practice is still not full-contact, Kennard showed his physical nature by stonewalling a few run plays, which is exactly what the Giants' defense needs after finishing 30th against the run in 2014.

"It is the mindset we have to have," Kennard said before practice. "We can't let people run the ball all over us and me being a linebacker, that is something I want to take pride in and I think everybody in the room feels the same way. First, we have to stop the run and then everything else comes after that.


It was a good day for two tight ends, beginning with Daniel Fells' juggling catch on the first play of team drills. He went on to make a handful of grabs from quarterback Eli Manning, who picked up where he left off in the spring and looks as sharp as ever. Fells enters his eighth NFL season after catching a career-high four touchdowns in 2014, his first year with the Giants. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Larry Donnell, who is overcoming Achilles tendinitis, made his first highlight of camp with a diving catch from Manning.

Photos from Sunday's Giants Training Camp practice

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