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Sideline View: Practice observations (8/13)

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Giants.com brings you Training Camp notes and observations straight from the sidelines:

Following Friday night's preseason opener, the New York Giants resumed training camp on Sunday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Here is a recap of the day:

•    The defense ended practice with another perfect two-minute drill, going 3-for-3 against the offense, which needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion in today's scenario. After Eli Manning took the first team down to the five-yard line with a couple completions to Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr., cornerback Donte Deayon grabbed an interception in the end zone. Earlier in the drive, Beckham made a one-handed grab for a would-be touchdown, but it was negated by a "sack" from defensive end Olivier Vernon (quarterbacks can't be hit in practice).


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•    Geno Smith, who played behind Josh Johnson in Friday's game, was the No. 2 QB in today's practice, but his two-minute drill also fizzled out. Then it was time for Johnson, who came the closest with a touchdown pass to tight end Matt LaCosse. However, the offense was unsuccessful on the two-point conversion attempt.

•    Coach Ben McAdoo thought the team's focus and tempo "could be a little better" in their first practice back, but he liked what he saw on defense in the two-minute drill. "With defense, we had a couple good drills going," he said. "First drill, we got down into the low green [zone]; second drill, we got down there as well, dropped ball to end the drill; third drill, scored a touchdown but didn't convert on the two-point. So that's the point of it – you've got to have three good drills out there and maximize our opportunities, and that's what we got."

•    LaCosse, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end who has been injured the past two seasons, continued his push for a spot on the 53-man roster and made another highlight grab early in practice. He definitely has a knack for coming down with the jump balls while being draped with defenders. He made a handful of catches today in addition to the touchdown.

•    Linebacker Keenan Robinson, who remains in the concussion protocol, participated in non-contact drills today. Fellow linebacker Mark Herzlich, who missed Friday's game with a stinger, jumped back in the action today and broke up a pass during team drills.

•    Running back Shaun Draughn, who has been on the physically unable to perform list all camp with an ankle injury, is expected to be back "soon," according to McAdoo. Linebacker J.T. Thomas, who is also on PUP following last season's knee injury, is also "getting close" to returning. Wide receiver Kevin Norwood left practice early with a hip injury.

•    Monday is the final training camp practice open to the public. "We're still in training camp right now," McAdoo said. "We'll have a day off on Wednesday, but we had the shells on today. We'll put the pads back on for two days, take a day off, then jump into a mock game week." The Giants' second preseason game is next Monday night in Cleveland. The end of camp means veterans with a vested year have the opportunity to check out of the team hotel this week.

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