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5 things we learned at Training Camp practice (7/31)

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  1. Cruz and Odell headlined Day 1.**

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The Giants held their first practice of training camp on Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and the fans greeted Victor Cruz with a warm welcome as he returned to team activities for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury last October.

Every time he caught a pass, cheers of "Cruuuzzz" rang out from the stands. Meanwhile, Odell Beckham Jr. has become another fan favorite, drawing his loudest cheer when the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year made a sliding touchdown catch from Eli Manning during team drills. However, both Cruz (knee) and Beckham (hamstring) will be brought along on a prescribed schedule this summer.

"It's just going to be a kind of rotation," coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. "They have a pitch count, they have a workload. One guy is watching one thing and coaches counting the other."

2. Spring lineup remained same on offensive line.

Photos from Friday's Giants Training Camp practice!

During organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, the Giants' offensive line had a new look without Will Beatty, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle in May and required surgery that will cost him five to six months from the time of the injury. The configuration remained the same on Friday at training camp: rookie Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, Geoff Schwartz at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.

Meanwhile, the first team defensive line included defensive ends George Selvie and Robert Ayers and defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Cullen Jenkins. Behind them at linebacker were Jon Beason, J.T. Thomas and Devon Kennard.

3. Collins and Taylor manned safety; Berhe and Thompson are on "pitch counts."

At safety, Landon Collins and Cooper Taylor lined up as the first tandem as they did in the spring as the Giants return no starters at the position. Fellow safeties Nat Berhe (calf) and rookie Mykkele Thompson (hamstring) are on "pitch counts" but "so far, so good" for them.  

"You hope that there's a bunch (of positions) that are competitive," coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's what you hope for."

4. Rookie WR Geremy Davis made the play of the day.

It was a good start for the wide receivers, who are looking to do big things in 2015. Aside from Cruz and Beckham, Geremy Davis, the Giants' sixth-round pick out of Connecticut, made two circus catches down the right sideline. Both were from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib, the first was a short comebacker, and the second was a deep diving grab that probably would have gone to review if it happened in a game. Whether or not it would have been overturned, it was an impressive start for Davis.

5. Flowers took off at left tackle.

Like he did in spring, Flowers, the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, will take extra snaps at left tackle on the second team in addition to the first team so he can "take off" at the position. The hope is to cut down on the learning curve over the summer leading up to Week 1.

"Well, really what we'd like to see him do is just take off in this circumstance and become the player that we know he can be and grasp things as fast as he can and move from all the spring's work and the experience that he had, quickly move past that into what we're doing and what we're going to face right now," Coughlin said. "It's not as much about, sure he'll take snaps with both, but in reality we want him to just take off at that spot."

EXTRA POINTS

  • The first play of the New York Giants 2015 Training Camp was a handoff to running back Rashad Jennings.
  • During the latter portion of practice, Nassib delivered a perfect pass through traffic into the arms of tight end Jerome Cunningham, who was coming over the middle and made an equally great catch. Earlier in 7-on-7 drills, Nassib hooked up with wide receiver Dwayne Harris for a nice throw-and-catch.
  • Cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie almost had an interception that he most likely would have returned down the sideline for a touchdown, but he couldn't quite hold onto it. Fellow corner Prince Amukamara also showed his 1-on-1 skills by tracking wide receiver Rueben Randle on a deep ball to force the incompletion.

Players sign autographs for fans after first Training Camp practice.

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