WR ODELL BECKHAM JR.
As we saw last season, Odell Beckham Jr. made highlight catches look routine against NFL defenses. And as we witnessed on Saturday during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, it comes from practice.
The second-year wide receiver, who was the 2014 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after the Giants drafted him 12th overall, made catch after catch today, both in team and 1-on-1 drills. The latter produced his best of the day when Beckham showed his ability to separate from defenders and hauled in a one-handed catch in one smooth motion down the sideline.
"Two hands, please," coach Tom Coughlin said after practice with a smile. "Two hands on the ball. Thank you very much. Ball security, as well."
DB TREVIN WADE
For those keeping score at home, defensive back Trevin Wade had the distinction of recording the first overall interception of training camp, and now he has the first of Eli Manning. The latter took eight practices to accomplish as the quarterback's interception-less streak came to an end on Saturday at the hands of Wade, who made a leaping play on the ball in the end zone while covering Rueben Randle.
Originally a seventh-round draft pick by Cleveland in 2012, Wade has played in 15 career games, 13 with the Browns in 2012 and two with the Saints in 2013. He spent 2014 on the practice squads of New Orleans and then Detroit.
"The thing that we have to do is take it one day at a time," secondary/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton said of his group coming together in the new defense. "We need to prepare and practice each day to make sure we develop because it is a new system, it is a new scheme, you are playing with new guys. So you have to make sure it all blends together."
CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE
While fellow cornerback Prince Amukamara has been out since Wednesday with a groin strain, Dominique Rodger-Cromartie picked up the slack today at practice, notching an interception during the two-minute drill for the defense's second of the day.
Rodgers-Cromartie came close to one earlier in the week when he made an acrobatic grab, but the ball slid out at the last moment as he fell to the ground. There was no need for further review on the one today.