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



  1. McClain left practice with a stinger; Amukamara, Flowers and Richburg also out. **

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On the first day of full pads at training camp, linebacker Jameel McClain, the Giants' leading tackler from a year ago, was forced to leave Wednesday's practice after suffering a stinger during a play in 9-on-7 drills. On the opposite field, cornerback Prince Amukamara had a "little strain in the groin area during 1-on-1," according to coach Tom Coughlin. Meanwhile, center Weston Richburg was held with knee tendinitis, and rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers was out for the second straight practice with a hip flexor.

"Day to day, he's much improved," Coughlin said of Flowers. "Whether they let him go tomorrow or not, I don't know. But he was much improved."

**2. Pugh remained at left tackle.

While Flowers has been out, the versatile offensive lineman Justin Pugh has moved from left guard to left tackle, where the Syracuse product played in college before starting his first two NFL seasons at right tackle. Adam Gettis again took over at left guard, while Dallas Reynolds played center in place of Richburg. Geoff Schwartz and Marshall Newhouse stayed at right guard and right tackle, respectively.

Photos of players during Giants Training Camp Wednesday.

3. Jackson held onto safety spot; Collins back.

The "wide open" safety position once again rotated today with Landon Collins retaking a spot on the first team alongside Bennett Jackson, who ran with the ones for the third straight day as he continues his transition from cornerback. Meanwhile, rookie Mykkele Thompson was back to the second team and had a strong practice as well.

4. Coughlin ended practice with another game.

From the coach who brought you "Large Humans Catching Punts" -- and two Super Bowls -- Coughlin once again ended practice with a game. But instead of 300-pound linemen trying to catch balls that were launched from a JUGS machine, the wide receivers and defensive backs had a throwing competition to see who could hit the crossbar of the field goal posts.

"It wasn't pretty," Coughlin said. "They all tried to kick field goals with the ball, and throw the ball up in the air. Take the ball and zing it. It was an eye-opener, let's put it that way. Not anywhere as competitive as the last thing we did."

5. HOFer Irvin attended practice, sported a Giants helmet.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin was at the Giants' facility today to shoot a feature with Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz for NFL Network.

The current analyst took in practice from the sidelines, and while the Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards didn't sport any stars, he was spotted in a Giants helmet with a GoPro camera attached. Irvin's relationship with Beckham goes back to this past January when, as an alumni captain, Irvin “drafted” the rookie under the new Pro Bowl format to decide teams. Furthermore, while breaking league and franchise records with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, Beckham joined Irvin as the only players in NFL history to post nine consecutive games with at least 90 receiving yards. Irvin did so in 1995.

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