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3 standout players at Training Camp (8/7)

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Whether it's a route, a concept, or the timing of a play, something new comes up in every practice with Eli Manning and Brandon Marshall. The two veteran workaholics are still learning each other and tuning their games for their first season together. Nothing is better than live reps for that, and Marshall was on the receiving end of a big day for the duo. Their best play came during one-on-one drills, where Marshall caught a long pass down the sideline over cornerback Eli Apple, flipping it to himself with one hand and securing the ball for a major gain.

"Brandon's been great," Manning said after Monday's practice. "Every day trying to learn, always has questions for me and we're trying to figure out what he can do better, how we can get on the same page. So I think he's been dialed in and been a great leader and just setting the example for how to be prepared for every practice."


Not once, not twice, but three times the defense beat the offense today in the two-minute drill. The Giants worked on the situation for the first time in training camp, and in today's scenario, the offense needed a touchdown to win. Eli Manning led the first team, rattling off three straight completions before stalling and throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down. Then it was Josh Johnson's turn with twos, but they went four-and-out. Geno Smith moved the ball with the threes a little bit, but four straight passes were defensed by cornerback DaShaun Amos, safety Eric Pinkins, defensive end Evan Schwan, and finally cornerback Nigel Tribune.

Coach Ben McAdoo said there was some "sloppiness" at the end of drives today by the offense, but he doesn't think one side is ahead of the other right now.

"I think it just depends on which play it is," he said. "It depends on the starting point of the play. Offense could have a good starting point and have a chance, because we're just rolling calls in on both sides of the ball right now, we're just trying to get some work, trying to get the schemes in on both sides. I think we have a good competition going on both sides, but I think it just depends on the play. I don't think any side of the ball is ahead of each other at this point."


Wide receiver Darius Powe made enough plays to make the practice squad last year as an undrafted free agent from Cal, but now he's out to make the 53-man roster, which will be set Sept. 2. He keeps making his case with solid practices and did so again today at camp. His best play was a long touchdown from Geno Smith on a free play for the offense.

"You just coach him on the details now," McAdoo said. "He knows what he has to do and how to do it. But the fine details of the game, that's what you spend your time when you're talking to him about the game. When you're coaching him on specific plays or concepts, it's about the details."

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