1) Pointing out contact in a football practice may seem redundant as, well, pointing out contact at football practice. But it's a balancing act for coaches under the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Giants returned after a players day off with some energy, and it was sometimes too much in the eyes of Tom Coughlin, who wants them to stay on their feet during practice. Linebacker Jake Muasau delivered the hit of the day on running back Michael Cox in the backfield. Dan Connor flattened offensive lineman Selvish Capers as Jacquian Williams was there to bottle up another run. Running back Ryan Torain was also involved in a collision with safety Ryan Mundy. Earlier, during 9-on-7 drills, offensive guard Michael Jasper laid a big block on rookie linebacker Etienne Sabino.
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3) Steve Weatherford doesn't do all those workouts just to look good. Actually, maybe that's part of it. But the ball continues to boom off the punter's foot as the special teams took a good amount of live reps today. With the Giants, he's asked to be more of a directional punter, but he certainly has the leg to flip the field. On one particularly long boot, he forced David Wilson to scramble back to get under the punt, which he did at the last second.
4) Returning to practice after a groin injury, Corey Webster was full-go on Tuesday and made some plays. He had a nice pass breakup on a pass from Eli Manning intended for Rueben Randle. Plain and simple, the defense continues to make more plays than the offense at camp. The Giants hope that is a sign of things to come.
5) David Diehl is going on his 11th preseason, and it never gets old for him. The Giants' current longest-tenured player wouldn't let anyone forget "it's game week" out at practice today. The Giants take on Pittsburgh on Saturday night in the first exhibition game, and whether you're a vet wanting to knock off the rust or a rookie trying to make the team, it looked like everyone was ready to start hitting players in a different uniform. Camp certainly takes on a different tone once the preseason games begin.