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Sideline View: Practice observations (8/2)

noptes-8217.jpg's John Schmeelk brings you Training Camp notes and observations straight from the sidelines:

Today was the fifth practice of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and it marked the first time the Giants took the field in full pads. The team continues to ramp up activity and physicality day-by-day; today's session featured one-on-one drills with the O-line and D-line for the first time. Tomorrow, the team will go nine-on-seven for the first time.

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• It's always tough to see a player leave practice with an injury the way wide receiver Sterling Shepard did. Early word from coach Ben McAdoo was that he rolled his ankle.

• It was the second day of half-line drills as the Giants continued to work on their running game. They also mixed in one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive linemen for the first time. I watched some of the drills with former Giants offensive lineman and current analyst David Diehl, and he was impressed with the proper hand technique used by right tackle Bobby Hart against defensive end Kerry Wynn. Left tackle Ereck Flowers got to go against defensive end Olivier Vernon twice and stayed between his man and the quarterback.

• A few other notes from one-on-one: Wynn and fellow defensive end Romeo Okwara tried their hand at rushing from a few different spots on the defensive line, both inside and outside. Stansly Maponga worked a nice inside move to get to the quarterback. Center Weston Richburg had the unenviable task for trying to block All-Pro defensive tackle Damon Harrison one-on-one and managed to anchor against the much bigger man. Rookie defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson had a great straight-arm on an inside rush against D.J. Fluker and got to the quarterback.

• Cornerback Donte Deayon had a nice play in practice. Manned up outside with the much bigger and physical Evan Engram at tight end, Deayon stayed with him and knocked the ball away on a pass above his head.

• We saw Paul Perkins' elusiveness in full effect. On a naked pitch, he was one-on-one with linebacker Devon Kennard. Perkins gave him a little change of pace move before accelerating outside and got to the boundary and cut up-field. His ability to make the first man miss is invaluable.

• Linebacker B.J. Goodson really seems to love the added physicality that comes with these padded practices. He dropped his shoulder a few times on offensive players. His enthusiasm is contagious, and it will be exciting to see what he can do as a starter in the first preseason game against Pittsburgh next Friday.

• Mykkele Thompson showed why it's hard to play cornerback in the National Football League, especially when transitioning from safety to the corner. He found himself in a chase position trying to cover Roger Lewis Jr. The pass, however, was thrown short and could have been knocked down or even intercepted if Thompson got his hands up or his head turned around. Instead, Lewis adjusted to the ball and made the catch.

• Nice TD throw into small space from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr. during team drills. Beckham stopped on the goal line just in front of Eli Apple. Manning squeezed in a pass low and close to the ground that only Beckham could catch for the touchdown.

• Avery Moss had a nice set of plays during the final team sessions. He knocked down a couple passes and would have had a sack of the quarterback if the play were truly live.

• Davis Webb looked sharp in his chance at seven-on-seven with the young guys at the end of practice. He hit Travis Rudolph with a perfect pass on a deep post. He also zipped fastballs over the middle to Jerome Lane and twice to Mark Herzlich.

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