1) The Giants are thinking bigger. While we're used to seeing them work in as many pass rushers as possible on the defensive line, the Giants experimented with more defensive tackles at practice on Tuesday. It's not a stretch for Cullen Jenkins to play on the end, but you understand what the Giants were thinking this offseason when you see their big bodies all lined up together. "That's being experimented with right now," Tom Coughlin said after practice. "Just matching personnel, but matching it with some large bodies. Some large people inside."
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3) The front four aren't the only ones charged with improving the run defense this year. It's also a major point among the linebackers, and Kyle Bosworth helped his case in that department on Tuesday. The four-year vet, who previously played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, made his way into the backfield on a few runs, including busting up a handoff to rookie Michael Cox.
4) The Giants once again held one-on-one drills between receivers and defensive backs. It's always competitive, and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan came down with the first big catch of the day from Eli Manning. Jernigan put together a solid day with a few catches, including a touchdown in red-zone drills toward the end of practice. The drills also include safeties on tight ends, and those are always important for a Giants secondary that faces some of the best in the NFC East.
5) Corey Webster today stressed the importance of improving the communication on defense this year, and the coaching staff put that to the test in a new drill early in practice. With only the defense on the field, linebackers coach Jim Herrmann mimicked a no-huddle scenario, signaling in a call from the sideline with his hands. The defense would then have to adjust on the fly before the snap, make the calls, and then bolt to a different spot, where another defensive coach was there waiting. The zigzagging as a unit was interesting to watch as it tested recognition, communication, and endurance.