The Giants are mimicking a normal game week leading into Friday night's intrasquad scrimmage, which made Thursday like a "Saturday" in the mind of the team.
The morning practice was full of action, so let's get to it. Here are the standouts from the day:
LB Lorenzo Carter
Carter was disruptive in the 2-minute drill to end practice, beginning with a would-be tackle in the open field to limit the offense to a short gain. On the next play, he came screaming off the edge and would have stripped the ball from the quarterback.
"This year there's a lot of emphasis on doing your job and making sure that you don't try to go outside your responsibilities and give up different things by trying to make a play," Carter said. "That if we do our job and just stay locked in on the moment, locked in on the play, then it's going to come to you. It's either going to come to you or you're going to force it to someone else. That's just the big thing, staying patient. Being a lot more patient this year than just trying to go do things outside of your responsibilities."
WR Sterling Shepard
Shepard always brings juice to practice, but today he could have left a little at home. He started off the day with a long reception but proceeded to throw the ball in the air as he got caught up in the excitement. The official threw a flag, and Judge made Shepard get the ball. Lesson learned. Shepard went on to make a few more big plays, including a touchdown midway through practice.
"It would have been a 15-yard penalty in a game and that's what he told me," Shepard said of throwing the ball. "I thought about it and that is true. When you make a big play at practice, you tend to do stuff that you might not do in a real game. But that's stuff that we have to keep in mind. Sometimes, emotions get high in a game. Yeah, I need to think about those things before I do them."
Shepard added: "You have to take coaching in every way, shape and form. I need somebody to stay on me. You never have it figured out. That's something that we learned in our team meeting yesterday. You can be a 10-year vet and think you have everything figured out, but you really don't. It keeps you grounded. I appreciate having a coach like Coach Judge."
QB Daniel Jones
The second-year quarterback let it rip today and threw touchdowns to tight end Evan Engram, wide receiver David Sills, and Shepard during team drills. The Friday night scrimmage will be a good test for the new schemes, and not just from a player perspective. The coaches will have to knock off the rust, too. With no preseason, they have not called games since the winter.
"To play quarterback in this league, or really play any position in this league, there are a lot of different things that happen over the course of a play or the course of a practice. There's so much to learn from," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "I've never been around a player who played a perfect game. I've never been around a player who had a perfect practice. We're always striving for that. We're striving for excellence in everything we do, and that's really what our objective is. We try to set high standards for our players. We try to give them the tools to achieve those standards. We try to instill belief in them, and we hold those to them each and every day. Daniel is one of those guys who's really embraced that. He's getting better and better in everything we do."
In addition to his touchdown, Sills continued to rack up the receptions here at training camp. … QB Colt McCoy threw a touchdown to undrafted RB Javon Leake. … Undrafted WR Binjimen Victor made a tough catch on a pass that was redirected through some defensive traffic. … McCoy found WR Alex Bachman a few times throughout the morning. … S Jabrill Peppers broke up a pass during a 2-minute situation. … TE Kaden Smith had a few catches. … DB Christian Angulo forced an incompletion late in practice.