If the Giants stick to their normal routine with carded practices in the two days of work prior to the game, Sunday’s workout was the next to last uncarded practice of the summer. It was a hot and steamy afternoon with the combined heat and humidity putting the real-feel weather in the 90s. The skies opened up with a torrential sideways downpour about 15 minutes after practice ended.
Here's what I saw from the sideline:
*The practice was very heavy in the run game. Tae Davis, who has been used in more pass situations as a nickel linebacker in the past, continues to show he can play the run well. He filled the hole on a Saquon Barkley run on the first play of the second competitive period that would have gone for a tackle for loss. Later on, he tracked down Wayne Gallman on an outside run for a tackle for loss. His anticipation came into play in coverage, lining up Bennie Fowler for what would have been a big hit if full contact was allowed on a crossing pattern. It broke up the pass, and gave Jabrill Peppers the chance for an interception, but he couldn’t come up with the catch.
*With Golden Tate in the concussion protocol and Sterling Shepard still dealing with his thumb (though he did not wear the yellow jersey at all for the first time today), the Giants had a lot of movement with the first team receivers. At different times, Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, and TJ Jones were with the ones. It is an open competition that will play itself out over the final two preseason games.
*Ryan Connelly had a good teaching play during practice. Evan Engram made a diving catch in front of him, and Connelly was late touching him down despite being in position. Engram got up and started to run. In college, a player is down when his knee hits the ground. That is not the case in the NFL, and linebackers coach Bill McGovern made sure he remembered that.
*Dalvin Tomlinson was excused from practice for personal reasons, opening up an opportunity for Dexter Lawrence to play closer to the center. He looked stout, and there was not a lot of room to run in the middle of the defense.
*By my count, Daniel Jones threw only 7 passes during practice with a lot of handoffs in his play set. Wayne Gallman was back after missing a couple of practices last week with a foot injury. Paul Perkins, Rod Smith and Jon Hilliman continue to compete for the final running back spots on the roster.
*Rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton didn’t have a lot of balls come his way in practice, but it seemed like he was out there for more plays than he was last week. I would bet he has a much better chance of playing this Thursday than he did heading into the game against Chicago last Friday.
*The team has been doing field goal work before the start of practice this summer, but today Aldrick Rosas kicked in the middle of practice. With Taybor Pepper snapping and Riley Dixon holding, Rosas went 5 for 6, with his lone miss coming from 53 yards away. His makes were from 30, 34, 39, 43 and 47 yards.
*C.J. Conrad had the catch of the today, making a leaping grab and holding on through contact with the ground in front of Sean Chandler on a pass from Kyle Lauletta. The only reason Lauletta had time to complete the pass was a good blitz pick-up from Paul Perkins.
*Kenny Ladler continues to very quietly have a solid training camp. He knocked down a Lauletta pass over the middle in tight coverage.
Check out the top action shots as Big Blue returns to action on Sunday for another practice.