After physicals and check-in rounded out Day 1, the New York Giants took the field at the Timex Performance Center on Saturday, practicing for the first time of the 2011 training camp.
The Giants went with helmets, shoulder pads and shorts on a mostly clear 85-degree night for two hours from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a press conference from head coach Tom Coughlin.
Saturday's practiced opened up with the usual special teams jog-through and center-quarterback exchange drills. During the special teams period, Domenik Hixon, rookie Jerrel Jernigan, Darius Reynaud and Aaron Ross returned punts in that order.
Awaiting the arrival of offensive lineman David Baas, who signed with the Giants after playing both guard and center for the San Francisco 49ers, Eli Manning took the majority of snaps from Chris Snee, a three-time Pro Bowl selection at guard.
"He can snap the ball," Coughlin said. "He did it mostly tonight, the whole the time with the ones. We rotate them around. They all snap. I was very pleased the way he jumped in there. He jumped in there and assignment wise, he was making the calls and all of that stuff. It's a plus. You need all of those guys to do that inside."
Big Blue then ran through some individual drills broken down by position before it was time for full 11-on-11. The first play was a handoff to fifth-year running back D.J. Ware, who was practicing with the first team as he did earlier in the day during morning walk-through.
Aside from Manning, Sage Rosenfels and Ryan Perrilloux took plays under center while their wide receivers didn't leave many balls on the ground.
Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon saw action, and Devin Thomas helped his case, making a handful of highlight-worthy grabs. One in particular was a sliding catch thrown by Rosenfels down the right sideline during 7-on-7's.
However, on the play before, Ross jumped a route intended for Jernigan, intercepting Rosenfels' pass and taking it to the end zone.
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