With only two preseason games remaining, the nature of Giants practice is beginning to change. Aside from three live periods today (half-field, run/play action, and seven-on-seven), practice was run off of cards. It was a cool day with temperatures barely hitting the 70s with a stiff breeze. Here's what I saw.
• The appearance of "cards" at practice means that the Giants are doing a lot more preparation for the Jets and what they will do on Friday than they did against the Browns in the first preseason game. On each play, either the offense or defense will run a scheme that is supposed to mimic what the Jets will do on Friday night. It is called a "carded" practice because the Jets scheme is shown to the players on large cards before each play, so the players know what to do. This routine gives both the offense and defense a good feel for what they will see on Friday night, and gives them a chance to work on the play that will have success against those schemes.
• For the second straight day, there was some crowd noise artificially generated to give the players some preparation for a stadium that will have some enthusiastic Jets fans on Friday.
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• Running backs Saquon Barkley (hamstring) and Jalen Simmons (concussion), along with safety Darian Thompson (hamstring) and edge rusher Connor Barwin (knee) did not practice. Barkley was doing agility work on the side. He looks close to returning to the field.
• The offense is wearing white for the second straight week, after being in blue for all the spring and the first couple weeks of training camp. Why the change? The Giants wore white and Detroit and will wear white on Friday night. That will dictate what color the offense will wear in practice the week before each game.
• A day after linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong replaced B.J. Goodson in some first team nickel reps, Goodson made a nice play covering fullback Shane Smith out of the backfield. He knocked away a pass intended for Smith in the flat.
• Linebacker Alec Ogletree was very active, greeting running back Wayne Gallman behind the line of scrimmage with a nice "thud" early in practice. Later on, while playing the deep middle zone, Ogletree intercepted a floating pass from quarterback Eli Manning.
• Safety Landon Collins is known for his work near the line of scrimmage, but he did a good job playing centerfield. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard ran a deep post, but Collins stayed in front of him, forcing an incomplete pass over Shepard's head.
• The pass of the day came from quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who hit wide receiver Jawill Davis with a perfectly arced deep ball down the sideline. He had to put it perfectly over Davis' outside shoulder to assure the reception and he did just that.
• A few plays prior, cornerback Donte Deayon, who returned to the practice field on Sunday, played perfect defense on an attempted Lauletta-Davis deep ball connection. Deayon carried Davis from the slot and forced him towards the sideline with perfect body position, keeping himself between Davis and the ball. It was an incomplete pass thanks to the excellent coverage.
• Quarterback Davis Webb had wide receiver Hunter Sharp on a deep ball down the sideline, but he threw the ball a little too out in front and to the outside. It landed just out of reach.
• The defense got their hands on a couple of balls in the secondary. Cornerback Eli Apple had a potential interception hit him right in the chest and hit the ground. Fellow cornerback Grant Haley also had a chance at an interception.