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Practice Notes (8/26): Barkley returns to team drills

It wasn't an overly long Giants practice just two days after the Giants' win over the Jets on Friday night, but it was fully padded with a lot of sessions of full competition between the offense and defense. It might be the last non-carded practice of 2018 with only two days of practice remaining before the final preseason game on Thursday night. If this is my last practice report of the year, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the information.

-      It is always odd to see a healthy player taken off the practice field, but the Giants had to do it today when Brett Jones was traded to the Vikings for a 2019 draft pick. Jones was a pleasure to deal with here at the Giants and is a very cerebral and hard-working player. He will do well in Minnesota.

-       Olivier Vernon also left practice, but he was forced out with an ankle injury. It is important to note that while a lot of people are noting he was carted off, that does not hold the same significance as when a player is carted off during a game. The Giants were practicing on the field furthest away from the facility, so he was more than 100 yards away from where he had to go to be evaluated. The team has not announced the severity of the injury, but I have seen both minor and serious injuries carted off in the past in similar circumstances. In other words, don't jump the gun, and wait for the team to make an announcement.

  • The competitive portion of practice began with half-field passing drills. Eli Manning stole the show with deep balls to Roger Lewis Jr. on a rainbow down the right sideline, and to Odell Beckham Jr., who made a tough leaping catch after getting behind Landon Collins.
  • Saquon Barkley was back doing team drills and he looked like his normal agile, bouncy self on running plays, darting left and right around defenders. He even caught a short route out of the backfield over the middle that could have gone for a big run after the catch.
  • Much like in the game on Friday, Michael Thomas and William Gay were the safeties with the second team, replacing starters Landon Collins and Curtis Riley. Gay seems to be getting more comfortable at the safety position. He anticipated well on a couple of routes in practice. One pass from Davis Webb was caught by a jumping Jerrel Adams, but Gay was in position to place a big hit on him that could have dislodged the ball. Later on, Amba Etta-Tawo dropped a deep cross from Webb. It looked like his eyes might have shifted to Gay, who was once again coming down from the safety spot ready to deliver a big hit.
  • Chris Lewis-Harris, Grant Haley and Donte Deayon were the cornerbacks with the second group. Haley was beaten on a deep ball from quarterback Alex Tanney to wide receiver Marquis Bundy, but it was slightly overthrown and Haley recovered and knocked the ball away.
  • It looked like edge defenders Romeo Okwara and Jordan Williams had active days. Both were spotted in the backfield on different occasions. Kareem Martin and Avery Moss added sacks of their own.