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Practice Report: Rookie cornerbacks shine

The Giants completed their ninth practice in 10 days at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center before a day off on Sunday. Here's what went down under the sun in hot and humid conditions.

Here's what I saw from the sideline:

*Today was all about the young cornerbacks and it started with sixth round pick Corey Ballentine, who continues to impress. The sixth round pick out of Division II Washburn University knocked a Daniel Jones pass away from Alonzo Russell in team red zone work and on the next play guarded Russell Shepard tightly to force an incompletion. Two plays later, Jones tested Ballentine with Russell again. This time on a jump ball, Ballentine (6-0) rose above the 6-4 Russell and came down with the interception. Ballentine wasn't done. On the last play of blitz period, he knocked a Kyle Lauletta pass away from Amba Etta-Tawo. Ballentine had his hand on the ball more than many receivers today, and if he continues to make these plays in preseason games, he'll make a strong case for a role in his rookie season. He looks like a good all-around football player.

*Julian Love, playing first team nickel in place of the injured Grant Haley, made some plays of his own. During blitz period, he didn't allow any separation for Cody Latimer and knocked away an Eli Manning pass. He had another break-up later in practice on Reggie White Jr. Combining with Sean Chandler, they covered Russell well on a deep route down the right sideline. Love was in the backfield on a Saquon Barkley run that could have ended in a tackle for loss. A fourth round pick, Love looks like a keeper as a versatile defensive back who can play safety, nickel, or outside cornerback.

Check out the best action shots from the Giants 9th practice of training camp.

*DeAndre Baker also got involved. He covered Sterling Shepard well on a play during blitz period, forcing an incomplete pass. Baker read a Lauletta pass intended for Da'Mari Scott and had an easy interception, but couldn't come up with the catch. Perhaps the play that excited his coaches the most came in the run game. During red zone, he allowed Saquon Barkley to beat him outside for a touchdown run, but later in practice he crashed down on a Jon Hilliman run for what would have been a very short gain.

*Daniel Jones had been nearly perfect on deep balls so far in camp, but he missed two today. A blown coverage allowed Alonzo Russell to run free behind the defense, but Jones just overthrew him. He was a little strong on another throw to Russell later in practice. The fact it took this long for Jones to have some misses like this speaks to how well he has thrown it deep so far in camp.

*The battle between tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers continues to be daily must-see action. Engram caught a couple passes, although Peppers was clearly unhappy offensive pass interference wasn't called on those plays. He let the NFL officials, who were working with the team for the final time, know he did not like the no-calls. Engram was sure to let Peppers know he won those competitions. The two are really pushing each other in camp.

*Linebacker Tae Davis flashed a couple of times. He combined with Kareem Martin to stop Bennie Fowler on a wide receiver screen for a minimal gain. A play later, Russell Shepard caught a pass short to the outside. Davis read the quarterback and was a step away from getting the interception on the play.

With injuries to Chad Wheeler and George Asafo-Adjei, Chad Slade has gotten more work at tackle and has looked comfortable out there. He was previously working inside at guard.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) after a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

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