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Five things we learned at practice (7/23)


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1. Rookies Williams and Kennard shined.
Running back Andre Williams and linebacker Devon Kennard, two of the Giants' middle-round draft picks, received much of the attention during media availabilities on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. And it's because of what they're doing on the field. The coaches are seeing what Williams can do in goal line packages, while Kennard looks every bit the part at linebacker with the first team.

2. The tight ends stuck out, but there's still no clear frontrunner.
On a day the Giants took their shots downfield, the tight ends proved the most reliable down the middle, including Adrien Robinson hauling in a few nice grabs.

Daniel Fells, who lined up with the first team the first two days, also got in on the action. Meanwhile, the tight ends have been splitting time in the backfield as hybrid fullbacks.

3. Randle made a highlight move on Prince.
Quarterback Eli Manning hooked up with wide receiver Rueben Randle for one of the longer plays of the day. Randle made a nice comeback move to get separation from cornerback Prince Amukamara and hauled in the pass down the left side.

4. Kicker McManus showed his range.
Brandon McManus was up in the field goal rotation on Wednesday and drilled all of his attempts with plenty of distance to spare. The balls were sailing well above the camera tower positioned behind the goalposts. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts last year, McManus is competing this summer with incumbent Josh Brown. During spring football, special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said he likes what McManus brings to the table, having kicked in northeast weather at Temple, where he holds career records for points scored, field goals made and attempted, and punting average.

5. Touchdown, turnover, and injury report.
*Touchdowns: *Williams capped the Giants' opening drive in practice by plowing into the end zone from inside the 10-yard line.
*Turnovers: *Undrafted rookie safety C.J. Barnett snatched the lone interception of the day, picking off Ryan Nassib on a play where the quarterback got tripped up with running back Peyton Hillis in the backfield.
*Injuries: *Brandon Mosley, who was one of several players to leave practice yesterday for heat-related reasons, was back at right guard with the first team. For more check out the official camp report from Michael Eisen on

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