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5 Things we learned at Giants Practive (9/28)


Here are five things you need to know from Giants practice on Thursday:


The Giants made a series of roster moves on Thursday, including the placement of linebacker J.T. Thomas on injured reserve. Thomas, who tore his ACL in last year's opener and missed the rest of the 2016 season, was dealing with a groin injury.

The team waived tight end/fullback Shane Smith, meaning there were two open roster spots. Those were filled by defensive end Nordly "Cap" Capi, who was on their practice squad, and linebacker Deontae Skinner, who was released on cutdown day before the regular season began.



Did not practice: LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), RB Orleans Darkwa (back), OL Brett Jones (hip), RB Shane Vereen (calf), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle)

Limited: LB B.J. Goodson (shin), OT Bobby Hart (ankle)

Full: CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle)

Did not practice: LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring), LB Lavonte David (ankle), S T. J. Ward (hip)

Limited: DE Robert Ayers (knee), DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), G J.R. Sweezy (back)

Full: DT Chris Baker (illness), CB Brent Grimes (shoulder), DE Jacquies Smith (illness), DE Noah Spence (shoulder) 


With running back Orleans Darkwa missing another practice because of a back issue, rookie Wayne Gallman could be gearing up for his first NFL game this weekend in Tampa Bay. The fourth-round pick was one of the most productive running backs in school history at Clemson, where he helped the Tigers to back-to-back national championship games, winning one of them.

"He's a young player who's in his (play)book," coach Ben McAdoo said, "working on his fundamentals and takes a step each week."

Meanwhile, McAdoo said offensive lineman D.J. Fluker is ready if the team needs him. Brett Jones, who has played left guard the last two weeks, is dealing with a hip issue. He came in to play the position after Justin Pugh slid to right tackle when Bobby Hart aggravated an ankle injury early in Week 2.


From Dak Prescott to Carson Wentz and now Jameis Winston, the Giants are dealing with their share of elusive quarterbacks early in the season. A common thread in listening to coaches and players this week is Winston's ability to keep his eyes downfield when escaping the pocket. And why wouldn't he? What he's seeing down there is one of the best wide receiver duos in the league in Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

"Even when he's escaping from the pocket and trying to make something happen, his eyes are always downfield," said defensive end Olivier Vernon, who leads the team with two sacks. "So he's always trying to make a throw and make a play off of that. He's a dangerous quarterback that can make something out of nothing."


According to Pro Football Focus, Eli Manning got rid of the ball on average in 1.86 seconds last week against the Eagles. There are no moral victories, but the Giants did manage to move the ball better than they had in the first two weeks before exploding for 24 points in the fourth quarter. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said today that the short passes were a way to "kick start" the offense against a dynamic pass rush, but it's never wise to have the same plan – whatever it may be -- week in and week out in the NFL.

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