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Notes and observations from the sidelines (7/27)

The weather was as much of a challenge today for the Giants as whatever plays they were trying to install. Lightning strikes sent the team inside for the first half of practice. They went outside for the second half, but then had to cut short the final special teams period as more lightning started to enter the area. Safety first.

Here's what I saw from my view on the sideline:

-       Janoris Jenkins picked up where he left off yesterday on an early play during half line pass drills. Alonzo Russell ran a short in route, but Jenkins came from behind and went over the top to knock the ball away without committing a defensive penalty. Terrific release by Russell a few plays later on Chris Lewis-Harris. He managed to get off the line clean, get behind the defense and catch a beautiful deep throw from Kyle Lauletta.

  • Defensive back Curtis Riley, playing safety, got matched up on tight end Rhett Ellison on a corner route, but Riley got his hand up to knock away the pass. Excellent play.
  • Cornerback Grant Haley made a couple of really nice plays a few snaps apart. First, he left Russell Shepard in the slot to give help on Sterling Shepard, who was open for a deep pass down the sideline. He jumped in front of Shepard and picked off the Eli Manning pass that otherwise would have been a big gain. A few plays later, Haley had Roger Lewis down the field, and made a great play knocking away a Lauletta pass over the top. Haley is fighting for the slot corner job and he impressed today.
  • The quarterbacks worked with different receivers early in practice today. Manning threw to the second and third teamers a couple times and the backup QBs got time with the ones.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. definitely took fewer snaps than he did yesterday, as he works back from injury, but he took advantage of the ones he had. On a deep route crossing the field, he got separation from Landon Collins and had to stretch out as far as he could to bring in the deep pass. It wasn't quite a one-handed catch as he finished with both hands, but the initial grab was with one. It would have been a long score. Collins got his revenge after the team went outdoors. On another crossing pattern, Collins jumped Beckham's route and picked off the Manning pass. Really nice play from Collins coming down from a deeper safety spot.
  • Corner Donte Deayon made a nice play on a pass to Roger Lewis, who looked like he had secured it with both hands, but Deayon got his hand in late to knock it away. Lewis had not yet made a football move, making it an incomplete pass instead of a fumble.
  • One play during blitz period jumped out to me. Pre-snap, Manning recognized a blitz and called out an adjustment. When the blitz came, Saquon Barkley picked up the linebacker. That allowed Evan Engram to be matched up one-on-one with B.J. Goodson, and the play turned into a nice gain for the offense off a slant.
  • The safety combinations continue to rotate with only Collins consistently with the first team.
  • Amba Etta-Tawo, a rookie free agent wide receiver from Syracuse, made a nice jumping catch on a skinny post, snagging a high rocket from quarterback Davis Webb.
  • Outside backer Romeo Okwara got caught in coverage on an extended play, but managed to stay with tight end Scott Simonson down the field. Unfortunately, Okwara was flagged for pass interference before he broke it up. It was a nice show of athleticism from the converted defensive end.
  • Orion Stewart grabbed an interception at the end of practice, making a play on an Alex Tanney pass intended for Jawill Davis. Stewart is in the safety competition.
  • Sterling Shepard continues to impress me. He constantly gets separation on his routes in the middle of the field, and opens up nice passing lanes for the quarterbacks. I think he will be a great third down weapon.
  • The pads go on for the first time tomorrow and I can't wait to watch and tell you want I saw.
  • with both hands, but the initial grab was with one. It would have been a long score. Collins got his revenge after the team went outdoors. On another crossing pattern, Collins jumped Beckham's route and picked off the Manning pass. Really nice play from Collins coming down from a deeper safety spot.
  • Corner Donte Deayon made a nice play on a pass to Roger Lewis, who looked like he had secured it with both hands, but Deayon got his hand in late to knock it away. Lewis had not yet made a football move, making it an incomplete pass instead of a fumble.
  • One play during blitz period jumped out to me. Pre-snap, Manning recognized a blitz and called out an adjustment. When the blitz came, Saquon Barkley picked up the linebacker. That allowed Evan Engram to be matched up one-on-one with B.J. Goodson, and the play turned into a nice gain for the offense off a slant.
  • The safety combinations continue to rotate with only Collins consistently with the first team.
  • Amba Etta-Tawo, a rookie free agent wide receiver from Syracuse, made a nice jumping catch on a skinny post, snagging a high rocket from quarterback Davis Webb.
  • Outside backer Romeo Okwara got caught in coverage on an extended play, but managed to stay with tight end Scott Simonson down the field. Unfortunately, Okwara was flagged for pass interference before he broke it up. It was a nice show of athleticism from the converted defensive end.
  • Orion Stewart grabbed an interception at the end of practice, making a play on an Alex Tanney pass intended for Jawill Davis. Stewart is in the safety competition.
  • Sterling Shepard continues to impress me. He constantly gets separation on his routes in the middle of the field, and opens up nice passing lanes for the quarterbacks. I think he will be a great third down weapon.
  • The pads go on for the first time tomorrow and I can't wait to watch and tell you want I saw.

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