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Sideline View: Practice observations (8/3)

notes-8317.jpg's John Schmeelk brings you Training Camp notes and observations straight from the sidelines:

Training camp practice number six for the Giants is in the books at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It was the third straight padded practice and the longest so far this week. It was also the first day of nine-on-sevens.

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• The heat and constant pounding between offense and defense finally erupted into a little extracurricular activity between the offensive and defensive lines during the very physical nine-on-seven drills. Practice quickly returned to normal after the scuffle. It happens every year at camp.

• Devin Taylor, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard and Jessamen Dunker were all held out of practice with various injuries. After practice, Coach McAdoo said Taylor and Vereen will start getting mixed back in at Friday's session.

• Janoris Jenkins and Odell Beckham Jr. matched up a few times during wide receiver/defensive back one-on-ones. Jenkins got the best of it the first time, knocking down a fly pattern intended for Beckham down the left sideline. Beckham got him the next two times. The first was on a cross over the middle, and the second on a nice route towards the sideline. Beckham lost Jenkins at the top of the route when he faked an in-cut. After the final matchup, Beckham spoke to Jenkins about his coverage and the route. Those are the little things that help players on both sides of the ball to get better.

• Evan Engram is fun to watch during one-on-ones. He runs very sharp routes for a rookie and the safeties have had a lot of trouble preventing him from creating separation. He ran a whip route today that left the defensive back covering him in the dust.

• During team drills, Brandon Marshall made a great leaping catch on a fade route from Eli Manning. Apple defended it well, but Marshall came down with the catch.

• After a day off, Jason Pierre-Paul returned to practice and made his presence felt during team drills, knocking down a pair of passes. Dalvin Tomlinson was seen getting good penetration on both a run and pass play in the same practice period.

• The staff cranked up the crowd noise during one team portion, making it a defensive home game. The communication on offense remained strong.

• Landon Collins laid a nice shoulder into Paul Perkins on a run play after Perkins slipped past the defensive line. It was another good example of the defense's physicality the last couple of days.

• Darian Thompson grabbed an interception off Eli Manning, and Nat Berhe had a pick off a deflection by Nigel Tribune.

• Kevin Snead showed his speed on a deep catch down the sideline, grabbing the ball between Tribune and Duke Ihenacho.

• One play at the end of practice showed both good and bad from Wayne Gallman. He made a great jump cut to break outside contain of Donte Deayon for a big gain. But at the end of the play, Deayon tracked him down from behind and knocked the ball out, creating a turnover for the defense. Ben McAdoo made sure Gallman understood the importance of ball protection after the play.

• There have been two fun "competition sessions" after the last two practices. On Wednesday, three offensive and defensive players were each asked to catch a punt while holding a football in each hand. The offense won that matchup with Odell Beckham Jr and Travis Rudolph catching it for the offense, and only Deayon catching it for the defense. Today, five offensive linemen and five defensive linemen were all given the chance to throw the football through the holes in the quarterback net. Only John Jerry got it through, giving the offense another win. It meant extra pushups for the defense after both practices.

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