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Sideline View: Notes & observations from Tuesday

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It was another steamy day at Giants practice on Tuesday, with temperatures in the 80s and high humidity. It was the first of two consecutive padded practices as the Giants get ready for Saturday's preseason opener against the Jets at Metlife Stadium.

* The secondary continues to impress in camp, getting their hands on the football often during practice. Adoree' Jackson had an interception early in practice after a wide receiver fell down in front of him. Jackson later knocked away another pass.

* Darnay Holmes also grabbed an interception, jumping in front of a tight end crossing the middle of the field. He anticipated the throw and took it the other way. Holmes also knocked away a pass later in practice.

* During one period the team was running three 1-on-1 drills simultaneously. Offensive and defensive linemen were working on pass blocking 1-on-1s. Andrew Thomas had a nice block, riding the rusher around the quarterback. Trent Harris also won a rep working at left end. The team also introduced different 1-on-1 blocking drills between blitzing linebackers and defensive backs going against running backs and tight ends.

* While those periods were taking place, the team also ran wide receiver-defensive back 1-on-1 drills. Safety Xavier McKinney had a beautiful one-handed interception, reaching up to snatch a pass heading over his head and down the field. Sam Beal and Isaac Yiadom had pass break-ups during the drill, too.

* Julian Love also showed off his 1-on-1 coverage skills, knocking away a pass downfield. Dante Pettis had several catches during practice, including one that looked like it might have went for a touchdown. During a team portion later in practice, Love stayed step-for-step with the tight end on a deep pass down the sideline.

* The Giants practiced some situational football to wrap-up practice. They worked on setting up field goals with no timeouts left on the clock. The offense practiced quickly getting up to the line of scrimmage to spike the football to stop the clock. The field goal kicking unit also worked on charging into the field and getting into formation to snap the football before the clock got to zero. Graham Gano was accurate with his field goals.

* Daniel Jones' best throw of the day was a pass placed over the safeties to tight end Cole Hikutini, who was coming across the field. It was perfectly placed with nice touch.

* The team ended practice with a walk-through two-minute period.

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