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Practice Standouts (8/14): Odell Beckham shines

Here are my standouts from the Giants' first fully padded practice in Detroit against the Lions.

Quarterback Eli Manning: Sometimes, the obvious answer is the right answer. Eli Manning was fantastic. Passes didn't hit the ground very often when Manning was under center. From the start of his day throwing during one-on-ones, up until the final play of two-minute Manning was on point. He was hitting his receivers on time and in-stride with Detroit defenders helpless to stop him. He completed a variety of passes all over the field to a bunch of different receivers. In red zone seven on seven, he completed four of five passes with three touchdowns. The only bad throw I saw was his last one. He tried to hit Evan Engram on a short pass over the middle, but safety Glover Quin made a nice play to jump the route and grab the interception.


Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.: Beckham routinely looks so fast and elusive at training camp practices that it is easy to take him for granted. It was impossible to do that today with the way he played. Seeing a different colored jersey apparently put an extra pep in his step. Beckham did not play in the first game of the preseason, but If he took any reps off today, I didn't notice it.

Beckham was all over the field. During one on ones, he caught a deep ball from Manning down the sideline. In the first team period, he found himself open on a crossing pattern and Manning hit him in stride. In red zone one on ones, he caught two touchdown passes from Manning on a slant and then another in the back of the end zone. In the final two-minute period, Manning connected with Beckham twice. The second catch came on a crossing pattern that could have wound up becoming a long run for a touchdown, but a Lions player was in the vicinity and the referee blew the play dead.

View the best photos from the Giants' joint practice with the Lions.

Perhaps the most amazing part of Beckham's performance was that he really didn't have to make any truly contested catches. And it wasn't because the Lions blew coverages either. He just created so much separation with his quickness that defenders weren't in the vicinity when he made his catches.

Edge Rusher Avery Moss: The Giants' defender that found himself in the backfield the most throughout practice was Avery Moss. A fifth round pick for the Giants in the 2017 NFL Draft, Moss was held out of spring workouts this year as he recovered from injury and it took about a week of camp to get his feet underneath him. Since then, he has shown an array of pass rushing moves and has been a disruptive defensive force at practice. It was good to see him carry those efforts into these joint practices against a different opponent. Moss is making enough plays where it is going to be awfully hard to keep him off the final 53.