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5 things we learned at #GiantsCamp (8/5)


1. Safeties coach David Merritt is a wise man; so is wide receivers coach Sean Ryan.** 
During Tuesday's media availability, Merritt was asked about any safeties that jumped out at him during the preseason game against Buffalo. The first two he mentioned were Cooper Taylor, who had an interception on Sunday and saw his most extensive action as a professional, and rookie Nat Berhe, the Giants' fifth-round draft pick nicknamed "The Missile." Well, they backed up their position coach. Taylor and Berhe started off a three-interception day for the defense, while cornerback Trumaine McBride had the third. Meanwhile, Coach Ryan also praised one of his players who went out and had an impressive practice as well. Ryan said today that wide receiver Marcus Harris doesn't have many drops, and sure enough, we went out and saw those hands in practice as he made a great catch in tight coverage from Ryan Nassib.

>> WATCH: TOP PLAYS FROM PRACTICE2. Larry Donnell led a productive day for the tight ends.

The tight ends, who accounted for two of the 16 catches in the preseason opener, were catching balls left and right on Tuesday in the team's first practice since Sunday's game. Donnell made the top highlight with a leaping catch as he fell backwards on a Curtis Painter pass. Adrien Robinson and Kellen Davis also produced a handful of catches while Daniel Fells (bone bruise in his knee) worked off to the side.>> BEST OF: TE LARRY DONNELL PHOTOS3. Will Beatty returned to practice.
Charles Brown started at left tackle on Sunday in place of Beatty, who was scheduled to not play in the first preseason game as he comes back from a fractured leg suffered at the end of last season. But Beatty returned to practice with the first team on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.**[

Unfortunately in sports, an injury to one player means a bump up for another. Cox is in that situation right now after his fellow running back David Wilson was advised to quit football due to a spine and neck condition. Cox, last year's seventh-round draft choice, showed on Tuesday that he's up to the challenge to make the 53-man roster, running hard and hitting holes to get to the next level.
5. The Giants continued to take a good look at Preston Parker as a punt returner.

With Trindon Holliday (leg) still out, Parker, a wide receiver, took reps with the first unit on punt return. Until Holliday, who did not make the trip to Canton, Ohio,

for the Hall of Fame Game, returns to the field, Parker looks like he'll be there. Parker accounted for all three of the Giants' punt returns against the Bills, averaging 11.0 yards with a long of 15 yards.

Wednesday nights practice (Aug. 6 from 5:40PM to 7:50PM) will include several special opportunities for Giants fans.  David Diehl, Shaun O'Hara, Kareem McKenzie and Deon Grant will be in attendance to sign autographs from 5:45PM to 7:45PM.  Fans will receive a limited edition "Giants Pride" t-shirt featuring the team's 90th season commemorative logo on the chest, as well as a Giants pride poster or 90th season pennant.  There will also be face painting stations and inflatable activities for kids.  The Giants current linebacker group will each sign for the fans for 15 minutes at the conclusion of practice.

In the event that inclement weather closes practice to the public, the rain date for these activities will be Monday, August 11th when practice runs from 3:20PM - 5:30PM.

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