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5 things we learned at Training Camp practice (8/3)



  1. First-rounder Flowers is day-to-day with a hip flexor. **

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Ninth overall draft pick Ereck Flowers, who has been playing left tackle in place of an injured Will Beatty, sat out with a hip flexor issue during Monday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. After practice, coach Tom Coughlin said, "hopefully, it's just a short amount of time," as the players enjoy their first day off from practicing on Tuesday.

The Giants resume Wednesday in full pads (practice is closed due to a MetLife Stadium event).

2. Pugh slid to LT; Gettis to LG.

While Flowers was out, the versatile Justin Pugh took over left tackle after having played at left guard throughout the spring and so far in training camp. Of course, Pugh is no stranger to tackle, having started his first two NFL seasons on the right side and spending his college career at Syracuse on the left. Meanwhile, Adam Gettis assumed the left guard spot after having a strong practice on Sunday, and Geoff Schwartz, who missed yesterday's practice, was back in at right guard.

"In the spring we moved [Pugh] to left guard knowing full well that he would have to move around," Coughlin said. "So we thought today would be a good day to put him at left tackle. Schwartz came back out, so we had Schwartz out there. We had John Jerry out there so that he could do a little something with the right side as well. His versatility—he's a smart player."

3. Jackson ran with the ones again; Thompson too.

As safeties coach David Merritt alluded to during media availability before practice, Bennett Jackson practiced with the first team for the second straight day, continuing his transition from cornerback. Additionally, rookie fifth-round pick Mykkele Thompson also rotated into the top tandem with Jackson on Monday.

"I'm out there, I'm a little more confident now going through OTAs and whatnot—making my mistakes there," Jackson said. "But I think things are going smoothly right now. Just out there playing a little faster than I usually did in OTAs. Just more comfortable, so I'm able to play a little faster."

4. Eli went deep to Odell for a 60-yard TD.

A phrase Giants fans hope to hear many times again this season, quarterback Eli Manning went deep to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for a 60-yard touchdown.

The reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year got behind the defense, and Manning recognized it right away, resulting in the longest play of training camp through the first four practices.

5. First interception went to Wade.

For those keeping score at home, the first interception of training camp went to fourth-year defensive back Trevin Wade, who elevated for the ball thrown by third-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi. 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.

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