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Practice notes (8/1): defense takes first 2 minute drill 

The Giants came back from their day off with another fully padded practice. There were fewer full speed team portions than usual, but there was still plenty to see from the sideline.

-       The team practiced the two-minute drill for the first time this summer. Each of the three teams comprising the depth chart had the same challenge. The offense, needing a field goal to win, got the ball with 90 seconds to play on their own 35-yard line with two timeouts remaining. The offense had to get the field goal. The defense had to stop them.

-       The first group was a very quick win by the defense. On the first play, quarterback Eli Manning went back to pass and had tight end Evan Engram across the field singled up on safety Landon Collins. He tried to get the ball there, but linebacker Alec Ogletree got his hand on it while blitzing up the middle, forcing the ball to go behind Engram and right to Collins, who would have closed out the game with a pick-six.

  • The second group was more interesting. Quarterback Davis Webb dinked and dunked his way to the defense’s 44-yard line, where the offense had to convert a 3rd and 3. Webb had wide receiver Roger Lewis open on a quick route but airmailed the pass. That set up a fourth down, but the defense held again when Webb threw the ball into good coverage down the field. Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris nearly had the interception, but wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo broke up the play.
  • The third group found themselves in a 3rd and 12 after a false start to start the possession, but quarterback Kyle Lauletta managed to convert the play on a pass to wide receiver Jawill Davis, who made a diving catch for a 23-yard gain to the 44-yard line. After a couple of incompletions and a five-yard gain, Lauletta threw an incomplete pass to Marquis Bundy, but corner Teddy Williams was called for pass interference. It set up a potential game-winning field goal, and a win for the offense.
  • Davis Webb started practice on fire. In half-line drills, he hit Roger Lewis in traffic. After the play, in a nice veteran teaching moment, both he and wide receiver Sterling Shepard coached up Lewis on coming back to the ball better. Later, in the first team portion, Webb hit a nice deep throw to Kalif Raymond, and another tight window throw to Evan Engram a play later. At the end of practice, he failed to convert a third and fourth and short during his two-minute drill (as described above).
  • Really nice blitz pickup from tight end Jerell Adams. He had to come all the way across the formation to pick up a blitzing linebacker that otherwise would have had a free run at the quarterback.
  • Aside from the Lauletta-Davis connection described above during the two-minute drill, Lauletta had another nice deep ball to Marquis Bundy down the sideline early in practice. Bundy got both feet in and stayed in bounds.
  • The offensive line, for the most part, did a nice job protecting the quarterback during team portions today. There were a lot of clean pockets for the quarterbacks to work in and make some plays.

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