The Giants had a “carded” practice today in advance of Friday’s preseason game against the Bears. A carded practice is designed to give each side of the ball a look at what to expect from the team’s upcoming opponent. The scout team defense mimicked the Bears defense against the first team offense and vise versa.
Without much full practice, there weren’t nearly as many highlights as usual, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a ton to take in. Here's what I saw from the sideline:
*A couple of veterans were given a break today. Right tackle Mike Remmers was replaced by Chad Slade and right guard Kevin Zeitler was replaced by Nick Gates with the first team offensive line. Antoine Bethea did not practice, and was replaced by Julian Love at safety. Antonio Hamilton was the starting cornerback in place of DeAndre Baker, who is nursing a sprained knee. Wayne Gallman’s snaps (foot) were picked up primarily by Rod Smith. Grant Haley and Corey Ballentine were the second team cornerbacks.
*Jabrill Peppers had his first interception of training camp. A Kyle Lauletta pass intended for Alonzo Russell to the outside was undercut by Peppers, who came up with the interception that would have turned into a good return.
*The other turnover for the defense came on a Daniel Jones pass for Alonzo Russell. The pass was deflected by Julian Love into the hands of linebacker Nate Stupar, who grabbed the interception.
*Daniel Jones took extra reps as the scout team quarterback. The more he can get a look at defenses from under center, the better. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard also took some reps with the scout team, even while wearing his yellow jersey, indicating non-contact due to his broken thumb. It is clear that he finds every snap he gets in practice valuable to his preparation for the season.