EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Landon Collins missed the final game of the 2017 season and most of the Giants' spring drills because of a fractured forearm that required two surgeries to repair. But Collins is healthy again and participated fully in the team's first two training camp practices.
"The arm is 100 percent," Collins said today. "I would like to say 110 percent, but the reality is it's 100 percent.
"I'm not limited at all. I'm going full go 100 percent and we are going from there."
The Giants have yet to wear full pads or engage in contact, but Collins said "I'm pretty sure no" when asked if they will go easy on him when they do.
"They are going to let me go full go," said Collins, who this afternoon intercepted an Eli Manning pass intended for Odell Beckham, Jr. "I guess it's to my discretion and if I feel anything I can pull myself out. But like in the offseason, I have been putting a lot of pressure on it. I have been pushing things, so I can see where I'm at."
Collins' declaration that he has no physical limitations won't preclude the Giants from being cautious when warranted. Like Beckham, another multiple Pro Bowl selection, Collins will be closely monitored.
"We're still managing him," coach Pat Shurmur said. "Behind the scenes, we'll go in now and talk about it as we move forward toward practice and after practice. (Senior vice president of medical services Ronnie (Barnes) will come to me so we sort of tweak it as we go. We have this global plan of how much we want and how much we want guys to get, but then things happen and we need to adjust. That's why sometimes you'll see a guy do maybe a little bit more."
*Beckham, who was limited to individual and position drills in the spring, yesterday participated in his first 11-on-11 session under Shurmur, who was pleased with the results.
"You see he's very energetic on the practice field," Shurmur said. "He had some production yesterday, caught a couple balls from Eli (Manning), in there blocking a little bit, and involved with the punt returns. He's actually fun to be around on the practice field. Everybody locally knows him better than I do and it's very obvious to me that the guy loves to play football. When you're in a practice setting like that and you see that, it's pretty obvious."
Beckham has lined up both outside and in the slot.
"I think we train our receivers to play receiver so they could be detached by themselves, detached with somebody inside them, or in the slot," Shurmur said. "At this point, it's conceptual learning. That way there's flexibility, so that when it's time to play the game and we actually specifically game plan, they've got experience in all areas."
*Defensive tackle Damon Harrison did not practice again. Shurmur said yesterday the team is easing Harrison into camp.
"We had a plan for him coming in, so we're going to stick with that and I think you'll see him out there this weekend," Shurmur said. "I think this is typical of how he's approached other training camps. We just have to be smart about the amount of work. Again, guys are all along that spectrum of experience and the key is to get them the work they need and get them to the first game, so that's why.
"We're just going to try to get every guy the right amount of work and that's really what it is."
*Shurmur, who has been cordial though not particularly humorous with the media, got his first laugh of camp by downplaying his ability to elicit one. Asked if prized first-round draft choice Saquon Barkley will be treated like a rookie, Shurmur said, "He's going to get treated like a Giant. And I'm not trying to be funny. I actually don't think I'm ever funny."
Well, he was then.
*Shurmur again spoke in tribute to Tony Sparano, the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line coach who passed away suddenly on Sunday. The two coaches worked together on Mike Zimmer's Vikings staff the previous two seasons.
"It's a somber day up in Minneapolis," Shurmur said. "Tony Sparano's funeral is today and he was all about family, all about football. (He) lived a really good life and made the world a better place, so I think they're going to honor him today and they'll move on, as well. … When you work with guys early in the morning until late at night, you go through adversity, you quickly become friends and that certainly was the case with Tony."
*The Giants were scheduled to practice outside today, beginning at 2:45 p.m. Heavy rain and lightning sent them into the field house at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. But when the weather cleared, Shurmur sent everyone outside at 3:45. The Giants were about to complete practice with a special teams drill when the sky darkened and a bolt of lightning appeared in the distance.
"We're done," Shurmur immediately yelled. "Run off the field." When most players began heading to the locker room at something less than full speed, Shurmur said, "run, run, run."
*When a Giants wide receiver catches a short pass, position coach Tyke Tolbert wants him and every other wideout on the field to sprint to the end zone, even if it's 70 yards away. To emphasize how important it is to him, the 50-year-old Tolbert, who is behind the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped, runs with them.
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