Giants head coach Pat Shurmur went with an un-carded practice just three days before the team’s third preseason game. It was hot and humid for the second straight day with temperatures approaching 90 degrees as the Giants ready to play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Here's what I saw from the sideline:
*Saquon Barkley’s burst is something to behold. The starting offensive line created some nice creases early in practice, allowing Barkley to put his foot in the ground and explode up the field all the way to the end zone. Barkley also caught a pass down the sideline more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. He is going to be a weapon all over the field.
*The starting offensive line continues to play good football in team portions of practice and in one-on-one drills. Unlike years past, the first offensive line group holds its own in drills that, by design, give the advantage to the defensive linemen. The pass rush did get the best of the offensive line a couple of times on Monday. Terrence Fede was able to push Mike Remmers into the backfield, getting a long straight arm inside the veteran’s pads. In team drills, Lorenzo Carter beat Nate Solder inside using his length before making a bee-line for the quarterback.
*I noticed Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins in blitz pickup during practice. Jabrill Peppers stormed in on an inside blitz, but Gallman picked him up in the hole and stood him up. Perkins had one later in practice on a linebacker and gave Daniel Jones time to unload a deep pass that was overthrown.
*Eli Manning had another productive and efficient practice, which has been the case the majority of the summer. His throw to Russell Shepard on a deep cross during team drills was perfect, allowing Shepard to catch the ball in stride and run past Grant Haley, who was trailing in coverage. Manning’s prettiest pass was a deep touch throw going towards the sideline to Evan Engram. Engram laid out and it looked like it hit his hands, but he couldn’t come up with the ball.
*Jabrill Peppers covered Engram one-on-one during a team period, blanketing him on a short square-out and knocking away a Manning pass.
*Jon Hilliman fumbled during team period, with Freedom Akinmoladun jumping on the loose ball to secure the takeaway.
Check out the best photos from Monday's practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
*The final period of practice was a competitive red zone drill, with the second and third units on both sides of the ball going against one another. On Daniel Jones’ first opportunity with the second group, he threw for Darius Slayton, but the ball was deflected by RJ McIntosh at the line of scrimmage and into the hands of B.J. Goodson for the interception. Goodson got some time next to Ryan Connelly with the first team with Alec Ogletree (calf) and Tae Davis (illness) not participating. Nate Stupar also got a couple of snaps with the first team.
*The third team defense won their red zone matchup, too. They forced a fourth-and-one at the four-yard line before cornerback Terrell Sinkfield defended Alonzo Russell well on a fade and forced an incomplete pass as the ball turned over on downs.
*Neither Sam Beal (no participation) nor DeAndre Baker (individual only) practiced during team periods. With Antonio Hamilton (groin) also out, Corey Ballentine practiced with the first team at the corner position opposite Janoris Jenkins.