EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - **Three Giants offensive linemen are down – four, if Will Beatty, who's on PUP, is counted - so the group has developed a mentality that's vital when injuries hit in the NFL.
"It's next man up," said Dallas Reynolds. "If someone goes down, someone has got to step up. You've got to seize the opportunity."
"Every guy is playing like they're a starter," Adam Gettis said. "If somebody goes down, next guy in. That's what it's all about."
Reynolds (center) and Gettis (left guard) are part of the new-look first-team line that includes Justin Pugh at left tackle, right guard John Jerry and right tackle Marshall Newhouse.
Sixty percent of what was the starting line missed today's full-pad practice, and only one lineman played his projected position (Newhouse). The other starter on the field was Justin Pugh, who began training camp at left guard, but has moved out to left tackle. Center Weston Richburg (knee tendinitis), right guard Geoff Schwartz (ankle) and left tackle Ereck Flowers (hip flexor) did not participate.
The absences make it difficult for the line to develop continuity and jell as a unit.
"You've got to go on the field and do your work on the field," coach Tom Coughlin said. "You certainly want them all out there together every day, but that's not the way it is."
Reynolds started 14 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, but in two seasons with the Giants he's played 18 games, including 15 last year, all in reserve.
"He's come back a stronger player, no doubt," Coughlin said. "We needed him to do that. He's gotten a lot of time on the field with our issues with Richburg. It's good that he did."
Reynolds said he's not dwelling on getting practice reps with the starters.
"I don't worry about all that stuff," he said. "I just worry about trying to do the best that I can and that's what I focus on. I'm trying to stay within my technique and do the best job at my position. Everything
Photos of players during Giants Training Camp Thursday.
else will play out the way it is. You can't worry about that kind of stuff."
Gettis played in 13 games for Washington in 2013. Last year, he spent six weeks on the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad before signing with the Giants on Dec. 4. He did not play in a regular-season game.
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"It's great to finally put on my pads, it's been a year for me," Gettis said. "I like hitting people, so I'm excited. I know all the guys are excited to get the pads back on to hit. We're going to have some fun
"This a great opportunity. I try to practice every day like I am a starter. So this is nothing new. Pugh has been helping me out, Dallas, everybody has been helping me out, and I really appreciate it. I'm just going to keep working my butt off."
*Linebacker Jameel McClain underwent a battery of tests after suffering a stinger yesterday.
"Chances are, because of the extent of the trauma,* *he's going to have to sit for a while," Coughlin said. The coach also cited McClain's history. Then with Baltimore, McClain missed the final nine games (including playoffs) of the Ravens' 2012 championship season with a contusion of the spinal cord.
*Schwartz missed practice for the second time in three days with soreness in his surgically-repaired ankle.
"Obviously, (he) wasn't doing well enough to stay out there for two days in a row," Coughlin said. "It looks like one of those things that's got to be managed. We hope to get him where he can practice hard a couple days a week, but we'll have to see how that goes."
*Cornerback Prince Amukamara sat out with a groin strain. "Because of the position he plays, how long he'll be, I don't know," Coughlin said. Chykie Brown took most of the first-team snaps at right corner.
*Safety Nat Berhe is out indefinitely with a torn calf muscle.
*Coughlin said in a radio interview today he believes 34-year-old Eli Manning's best football is ahead of him.
"I base it on his offseason, his strength, the way he threw the ball in the spring, his knowledge - his continuing knowledge of the offense," Coughlin said. "And the fact that, God willing, we'll have some production around him.
*Practice ended with a field goal contest – Josh Brown kicked for the offense, Chris Boswell for the defense. Each made his first 45-yard attempt, but Boswell missed his second. That forced the defensive players to drop to the ground for 25 pushups.