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Standouts (8/1): Linebackers shine at practice


Inside Linebackers: Both Alec Ogletree and B.J. Goodson had a moment during practice today. As mentioned in Collins' entry above, Ogletree deflected an Eli Manning pass in the air on a blitz during two-minute drill that turned into a Landon Collins' interception. Ogletree has shown great upside as a pass rusher so far in camp.

Goodson made a nice play in coverage. He had Evan Engram one-on-one. Engram got to the top of the route and broke outside. Engram made the catch but Goodson was right there (along with Janoris Jenkins on the outside), and didn't fall for an Engram juke to limit the YAC (yards after catch) to a minimum.

"Ever since he got here, we have been gelling, so to speak," Goodson said about Ogletree. "Our relationship is great and it correlates on and off the field, like I said in previous interviews. He's from Georgia, I'm from South Carolina, we're right there and our relationship is great."

B.J. Hill: The rookie defensive lineman has been showing explosion getting off the line, quickness and power you throughout camp. Today, he made an impressive play because of how he used his head. During a team period in the second half of practice, he sniffed out a screen early, and got his eyes on the running back quickly. He redirected and would have tackled Saquon Barkley in the backfield for a loss. Screens are tough for some rookies to read, but Hill was all over it.

"B.J., he's an interesting character, man," defensive lineman Damon Harrison said. "I don't know if you guys have been watching, but he's probably the most athletic defensive lineman that we have, and that says a lot. He can do a little bit of everything, which is encouraging to see, so I'm excited to get a chance to go out there preseaso game one and beyond it and actually see what he can do during game day."

Landon Collins: The Giants' starting safety ended the first team's two-minute drill extremely early. Eli Manning had Evan Engram one-on-one with Collins going over the middle and was looking to hit his tight end in stride. His pass was batted at the line by linebacker Alec Ogletree, forcing the ball to flutter and land right in the hands of Collins. It was clear that it was going to be a touchdown for the safety as he ran the other way.

"I think I always work on my man-to-man coverage," Collins said earlier in camp. "And most of the time I am sticking to the best tight ends on the other teams, so my concept is always to work on man-to-man technique stuff. I want to be one of those dominant safeties all around. That's one (Evan Engram) of the tight ends that's going to be phenomenal. He is faster than most guys I have faced, knows how to run routes and can get separation. I make that a big part of my training going against him every day to really step my game up, so when I do play those top tight ends we will face this year, I make sure they get no catches."

View the best photos from Wednesday's practice