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Practice Report: McClain steps in at MLB



Photos from Tuesday's Giants Training Camp practice

  1. McClain manned the middle.**

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Starting middle linebacker Jon Beason is week-to-week after he sprained his knee on a play in the end zone during Saturday's second preseason game. In his place, Jameel McClain manned the middle in Tuesday's training camp practice, the final one open to the public at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It's a familiar role for McClain, who made 11 of his 14 starts there last season as Beason dealt with injuries.

"We do have the benefit of a guy that's played a lot of football and is very good in the huddle—does all those things extremely well," coach Tom Coughlin said of McClain, who led the Giants in tackles in 2014. "So you hate to think in terms of anything that stretches your depth right at this point in time, but it's a reality in our league."

2. Meriweather and Miles worked as the top safety tandem. 

In their first full practice since cornerback-turned-safety Bennett Jackson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second preseason game, the Giants lined up Brandon Meriweather and Jeromy Miles as the top safety tandem. Nat Berhe (calf) and Cooper Taylor (toe) returned to practice on the second team. However, rookie second-round pick Landon Collins did not participate but said earlier that he expects to play in the third preseason game on Saturday against the Jets.

3. Richburg missed practice with a sore knee. 

Center Weston Richburg was unable to practice today due a sore knee. Dallas Reynolds took his place while Ereck Flowers lined up at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, John Jerry at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle. Geoff Schwartz also saw reps with the first line on the right side at both tackle and guard.

4. Odell had a day.

Shortly after Coughlin said in his pre-practice media session that his team needs "a little bit of a sense of urgency," wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who is without a catch despite seven targets in two preseason games, went out and had a big practice. The reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year did what he does best and made a handful of catches all over the field on Tuesday. Some of his fellow wide receivers also got on the board today, including Geremy Davis, Dwayne Harris and Preston Parker, who caught a touchdown from Eli Manning.

"I'd like to see things done well, done right," Coughlin said. "Obviously, whoever it is, doesn't matter, Odell—it doesn't make any difference. When it doesn't go the way it's supposed to go, and we've been at this for a couple of weeks, why doesn't it go that way? So you have to look hard at that. And the one thing—it's not an excuse—but again, when you see some of the younger guys doing some things and catching the ball and so on, advancing the ball, they've been out here. Davis has been on the field all this time, you know? The practice part of this thing has got to be understood and it's got to be done right. It's got to be done with a sense of urgency."

5. DRC, Gordy grabbed interceptions.

With his counterpart Prince Amukamara (groin) practicing despite not playing yet in the preseason,  veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted a Manning pass intended for wide receiver Rueben Randle on the sideline. Rodgers-Cromartie caught it in stride for a pick-six. Later, safety Josh Gordy intercepted a pass from third-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi on a broken play.

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