Practice photos during the Giants joint-practice with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday
1. Giants look forward to practicing with Bengals.
It has been a decade since the Giants held a joint practice with another team, but that streak ends Tuesday afternoon when they line up against the Bengals for their first of two sessions leading up to the preseason opener on Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium. The extracurricular activity in the Giants' last joint practice with the Jets in 2005 has been well documented -- as has the recent scrum between Washington and Houston -- but guidelines have been set.
"Coach [Tom] Coughlin has done a great job of saying we're going to handle ourselves with class, with dignity," middle linebacker Jon Beason said. "We're going to play hard to the whistle. We're going to be respectful of those guys. Everyone is trying to stay healthy."
2. Wynn: "I feel I can be a starter."
Leading up to the preseason opener, the Giants released their first unofficial depth chart, which slated second-year pro Kerry Wynn as the starting left defensive end opposite Robert Ayers Jr. on the right side. This, of course, is going on while Jason Pierre-Paul's status remains uncertain after he suffered serious hand injuries in a fireworks accident. Nonetheless, Wynn, who started to emerge down the stretch last season, can handle a top spot.
"To be honest, I haven't really looked too much into [the depth chart]," Wynn said before Tuesday's practice in Cincinnati. "Whether I'm a starter or a second-team player, I'm going with the same mindset, to do what I can to help the team and make sure I'm doing my job."
Asked further if he feels like he is a starting-caliber player, Wynn responded, "I feel I can be a starter, yes sir."
3. Amukamara makes trip to Cincinnati, unsure how much he will do.
After missing practices over the weekend due to a groin injury, cornerback Prince Amukamara did make the trip with the team to Cincinnati. However, Amukamara said he wasn't sure how much he would do after getting a cortisone shot on Monday, but that he would be back "no later than next week."
"I feel like I was doing great," Amukamara said about how training camp was going before the injury. "I feel like I was holding my spot at the corner position. I feel like I was doing well learning the defense, and definitely the groin set me back a little physically but not mentally."
4. Beason anxious to make most out of Cincinnati practices.
If you're a starter like Beason, you know you're not playing the entirety of a preseason game, especially the first one like on Friday night. That makes the two joint practices more valuable than the game for the first team.
"I'd rather get my work today and tomorrow because I know come Friday, if it's a series or maybe two series, or eight plays, you're like, 'I'm dressed up, I'm warmed up, I'm ready to go, the lights are on,'" Beason said. "Obviously it's a prime-time game, so it feels a little different, but I'm anxious to get out there. But I know on Friday it will be short-lived."
5. Hosley looks to turn the page.
Since being drafted in the third round in 2012, cornerback Jayron Hosley has suited up for just 29 games as he's dealt with injuries, inconsistency and a four-game suspension in 2014. Now the fourth-year pro is trying to carve out a role on the outside in a new defense under Steve Spagnuolo. And this week will be a good opportunity for Hosley with Amukamara limited and Chykie Brown not making the trip due to injury.
"I will always be real with myself; I wasn't productive," Hosley said. "And I completely understand that. It's a production league, and that's basically it. I couldn't argue with that."
Hosley added, "I'm back at corner, building that confidence back outside. I haven't been out there since I've been pretty much with the Giants. So I feel good. I like this defense. It's a corner-friendly defense, it's easy for the corner to react and make plays, and man-to-man, Spags is a pressure guy. I like that."
Giants players speak with the media before joint practice with the Bengals