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Coach Tom Coughlin spoke with Jason Pierre-Paul

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** Tom Coughlin said today he spoke with Jason Pierre-Paul for the first time since the defensive end's July 4 fireworks accident.


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"I did talk to him late yesterday afternoon," Coughlin said after the Giants' training camp practice. "Everybody has had a good conversation with him, and mine was the same. Do I know any more than I did before? No. Do I know when he's coming? He's looking forward to coming, he's anxious to be here, but he's not going to come until he feels like he's ready to be able to play. It could be whatever amount of time, I'm not even going to speculate. I was glad to hear his voice. He sounded good, he sounded interested in wanting to get back here. His baby and his fiancé are doing well. He wishes he was here, too. So we'll see."

Pierre-Paul did not speak to anyone from the organization in the immediate aftermath of the accident, but the lines of communication have since opened.

"We've had many people talk to him," Coughlin said. (Defensive line coach) Robert Nunn has talked to him, (general manager) Jerry (Reese) has talked to him. He's little by little tried to make his contacts, and that is a positive thing."

  • Odell Beckham Jr. made it look easy again today, catching a pass with his left hand only while running down the sideline in a one-on-one drill.

"Two hands, please," Coughlin said. "Two hands on the ball, thank you very much. Ball security, as well."

  • The Giants had a full-pads practice that was their most physical of camp.

"It was intended, it was intended," Coughlin said. "It's a longer practice, as you know. But that was planned, they're off tomorrow."

The Giants will next be in pads on Tuesday, when they hold a joint practice with the Bengals in Cincinnati.

  • The Giants do not want to overtax Victor Cruz' surgically-repaired knee, but Coughlin said the star receiver will likely join the team on the Cincinnati trip.

"Most likely he'll come, and he may practice," Coughlin said. "Whether he plays or not or whether he practices or not, that's another thing."

  • Center Weston Richburg (knee) and left tackle Ereck Flowers (hip flexor) returned to practice. Each did individual and position drills, while Richburg participated more fully in the team periods.

Eli Manning threw two interceptions. Trevin Wade leaped in the end zone to pick off Manning's throw on a fade to Rueben Randle.

In the two-minute drill, James Jones ran deep, Manning threw short, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted the pass.

  • Cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin) missed practice again. Coughlin answered "probably not" when asked if Amukamara will travel to Cincinnati.
  • Safety Bennett Jackson (quad) did not practice.

"He was in the jog-thru last night, he was running or jogging, as that goes," Coughlin said. "Again, precaution, precaution. They don't want him to do any more damage, and he is sore. You can tell he was favoring it a little bit."

  • Linebacker Jameel McClain (neck), guard Geoff Schwartz (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (calf) and rookie linebacker Cole Farrand also did not practice.
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