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Sideline View: Action begins with Phase 3 underway

Friday's practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center was the start of Phase 3 for the New York Giants. It allows offensive and defensive players to go against one another in drills, although players are only in helmets and shells, so contact is limited.

*Practice was two hours long, and the team focused on fundamentals and continued to ramp up activity in preparation for the pads to come on for Monday's practice. The team sessions were a little bit shorter than practices I've watched in the past, which makes sense given how the team is trying to slowly accelerate their activities.

*With limited time on the field, Joe Judge is clearly trying to maximize every moment. During team drills he has his team on two different fields, so different parts of the depth chart on offense and defense go against one another at the same time. It is a way to maximize snaps, but it also makes it hard to watch what every player on the depth chart is doing during every snap in practice.

*It is easy to appreciate Joe Judge's attention to detail. During special teams, for example, he runs a group with a backup long snapper (Tyler Haycraft) and holder (Colt McCoy). During Phase 2, he ran snapping drills with a number of players to prepared for emergency situations that may come up during the season.

View the best photos from Friday's training camp practice.

*During early agility drills, the running backs and tight ends were running over bags and cones holding one ball in each arm high-and-tight, likely to promote ball security with both hands.

*When watching the tight end group, it is easy to notice Levine Toilolo and Eric Tomlinson. Tomlinson is 6'6 and Toilolo is 6'8 and both look the part of blocking tight ends. They could be very valuable in short-yardage and red zone situations.

*During one of the individual periods, rookie wide receiver Tony Brown made a nice one-handed grab on a slightly overthrown ball. He reached out and managed to bring the ball back into his body to secure the catch.

*In 7-on-7 red zone drills, Evan Engram made a nice move on Jabrill Peppers to get open for a touchdown. He faked outside to get Peppers leaning the wrong way, before cutting back toward the middle of the field to get open for the score. Engram is showing no ill-effects from his foot injury at the end of last season. Peppers made a play later in practice, knocking away a ball from tight end Kaden Smith.

*Corey Coleman and Ryan Connelly, two players who suffered torn ACL's last year, seemed to be moving well. There didn't appear to be any limits on what they were doing and it didn't look like they were hindered at all by their previous injury issues.

*On a couple of different occasions, when a player made a mistake on a particular rep, they were forced to run a lap around the field. When mental errors result in extra running, players will do everything they can to avoid them.

*TJ Brunson is wearing No. 35 and every time I see him, I can't figure out which defensive back is wearing 35. Part of the reason is that it's a traditional number for a defensive back, but Brunson is also smaller in stature. He is fast, and used that and his instincts to his advantage when he picked off a Colt McCoy slant in red zone drills.

*Darius Slayton made a nice catch on a back-corner fade for a touchdown from Daniel Jones, beating Darnay Holmes.

*Defensive tackle Leonard Williams passed his physical, was removed from the reserve/non-football injury list and practiced.

*Rookie tackle Andrew Thomas, the Giants' first-round draft choice, was excused from practice for personal reasons. Every other player practiced today.


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