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Practice Report (8/9): Day 2 notes from Detroit


Joint practices are in the books.

The two days with the Lions were enthusiastic, competitive and the exact right amount of physicality for the teams to accomplish their goals.

Here's what you need to know from Wednesday:

View photos from Detroit, where the Giants and Lions held joint practices ahead of their preseason opener.

* Wide receiver Sterling Shepard and running back Saquon Barkley were dialed back to avoid wear and tear.

* After focusing on the defensive backs yesterday, I watched the offensive and defensive lines today with another eye on the offense during the early parts of practice. There was some trash talk between the teams, but it never got chippy, which is a credit to both organizations.

* The Giants' offensive line held its own against the Lions' front in 1-on-1 pass rush drills. The entire first team line won every matchup in the first round of drills.

* Center John Michel Schmitz continues to show he is ahead of the curve as a rookie, holding his own in most of his matchups throughout the afternoon. Ben Bredeson also continues to make his case for a starting role, whether at center or left guard. Bredson and left tackle Andrew Thomas did a nice jo working together in their two-man pass blocking drill. Aidan Hutchinson was easily the toughest Lions player to block all week.

* Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams have been near impossible to block during practices at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and that trend continued in Detroit. Both won their reps in 1-on-1 pass rushing drills, with Lawrence using his strength to power into the backfield, while Williams used his hands to swipe past the guard, knock him to the ground and get to the quarterback. Donovan Jeter had a good pass rush rep inside as well.

* Kayvon Thibodeaux won outside on a rep, and Azeez Ojulari got low and did the same.

* The Giants' pass rush gave the Lions all sorts of trouble during the early team drills, with multiple players in the backfield, at times forcing the officials to blow the play dead. Kobe Smith, Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Cor'Dale Flott and Tashawn Bower were all around the quarterback on different plays.

* Safety Dane Belton ripped the ball out of the Lions runner's hands and took it the other way for what would have been a score. Thibodeaux had a fumble recovery, among a couple of other takeaways.

* In the secondary, Adoree' Jackson and Darnay Holmes combined to prevent a catch. Rodarius Williams recovered on a deep pass to knock it away from a Lions wide receiver. Leonard Williams read a screen pass and hit the running back as the pass arrived.

* In the run game, Jordon Riley made a good tackle on a play cut back towards the middle. Ojulari set the edge, forcing a run inside where it was stymied. Holmes had a good solo stop on a run play.

* In red zone 7-on-7 drills, Bobby Okereke, Carter Coughlin and Jason Pinnock all forced incompletions, while Deonte Banks knocked a pass away.

* The Giants' offense was much more consistent on the second day of practice, using a short quick passing game, and a lot of quarterback movement to complete passes. The quarterbacks were on the move often with a lot of designed rollouts to move the pocket, and some runs off those bootlegs and play-action fakes.

* The first 7-on-7 period for the receivers were in the red zone. Daniel Jones hit Darren Waller with the defender all over him, but Waller used his size and catch radius to come up with the catch. Saquon Barkley caught a screen and ran it in for a would-be score. Cole Beasley and Tommy Sweeney all caught touchdowns. Beasley's came from Jones, while Tyrod Taylor completed the other.

* Daniel Jones hit Isaiah Hodgins a couple times early in practice, including one play where he showed good awareness to step up in the pocket. He would hit Hodgins over the middle again in the next team period.

* Darius Slayton took over during the next team group, catching a pass for 15+ yards over the middle that could have gone for a touchdown on the run after the catch. On the next play, Jones stepped up in the pocket and threw to his left on the move to hit Slayton for a touchdown. A couple plays later, Tyrod Taylor rolled to his right to avoid pressure and hit Jamison Crowder near the sideline for a touchdown.

* In later red zone periods, Jones hit Daniel Bellinger and Parris Campbell for touchdowns while on the move leaving the pockets. Taylor ran the ball in the end zone on a read-option.

* Practice ended with a competitive red zone period. The Giants scored on both their tries. On a play action pass, Jones bootlegged to his right and hit a wide-open Waller for a touchdown. On a similar play on the next set of plays, Taylor rolled to his right and hit Daniel Bellinger for a touchdown.


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