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Practice Report: 5 things we learned



  1. Eli went back-to-back-to-back. **

Working out the kinks from Friday night's preseason opener, quarterback Eli Manning and the offense fired on all cylinders during Sunday's training camp practice, the team's first one back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center after holding joint sessions with the Bengals last week in Cincinnati.


At one point, on three successive throws, Manning threw touchdowns to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., tight end Larry Donnell and wide receiver Victor Cruz -- all in the red zone, or the "green zone" as coach Tom Coughlin calls it. Manning later threw a fourth to Donnell, who made a one-handed grab that even Beckham would be proud of adding to his highlight reel.

2. Safeties grabbed two interceptions.

Despite the offense's strong showing, the final two-minute drill -- and thus, practice -- ended on an interception, the second of the day by a safety. After Manning hooked up with Beckham for a long completion that brought the crowd to its feet on the first play of the drive, the quarterback looked for wide receiver Preston Parker down the same right sideline.

However, defensive back Trevin Wade, who had an interception in the first preseason game, was there to get his hands on the pass as he somersaulted to the ground, but the ball popped up as safety Bennett Jackson was there to dive and catch it for the turnover. A few plays earlier, on the other end of the field, safety Cooper Taylor notched the first interception of the day off backup quarterback Ryan Nassib.

3. Newhouse overheated; Schwartz played right tackle.

Midway through practice, right tackle Marshall Newhouse "overheated" and was carted off early on a hot, muggy day in East Rutherford.


Geoff Schwartz, who did not make the trip to Cincinnati last week because of his ankle, took first-team reps at right tackle in Newhouse's place after he had been playing mostly right guard all spring and the first part of training camp.

4. Injury notes.

The following injuries were updated on Sunday: CB Prince Amukamara (groin strain, day to day), S Nat Berhe (calf strain, day to day), CB Chykie Brown (knee sprain, week to week), S Landon Collins (knee sprain, day to day), CB Jayron Hosley (concussion protocol), CB Trumaine McBride (hamstring, day to day), WR Rueben Randle (knee tendinitis, day to day), and S Mykkele Thompson (ruptured Achilles, out for the season). Meanwhile, linebacker Jameel McClain, who had been out since the first week of camp after suffering a stinger in his neck, returned to practice today.

5. Meriweather practiced moments after signing.

With the ink barely dry after signing, veteran safety Brandon Meriweather hit the practice field in a blue No. 43 jersey with no name on the back. While the equipment staff takes care of that, the Giants gained a nine-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowler in their secondary in Meriweather, whose first career start was in Super Bowl XLII with the Patriots.

Originally a first-round selection by New England in 2007, Meriweather comes to the Giants after playing his first four years in Foxborough (2007-10), one in Chicago (2011) and, most recently, three with Washington (2012-14).

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