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Standouts (8/4): Rookie LB Carter showing promise


The Giants were back in pads before a day off tomorrow and here were the top performers from today:

Lorenzo Carter: Tomorrow, you will see my standouts for camp to date, and Carter was one of the first guys to miss the cut, so I wanted to include him here. He was constantly in the backfield throughout practice, and had a big sack of Davis Webb that helped short-circuit the drive during the second units' two-minute drill. I also forgot to note that during yesterday's practice he did a good job covering wide receiver Russell Shepard in the flat. Carter is an amazing athlete who is progressing nicely. He could form a formidable pass rushing trio with Olivier Vernon and Connor Barwin.

Chris Lewis-Harris: Another player who just missed making my training camp standouts list. With injuries to other cornerbacks, he is taking advantage of the opportunity of lining up outside with the second group. There were multiple plays during practice where he stuck close to the receiver and got his hand in to knock the ball away (he did it to Jawill Davis twice, Marquis Bundy and Kalif Raymond).

Janoris Jenkins: Jenkins made one of the best plays of practice during the first team period after red zone work. Eli Manning tried to find Kalif Raymond on a deep in-cut, but Jenkins read the route and stepped in front for a clean interception. It looked like Jenkins was in zone and did a great job of anticipating what the offense wanted to do.

Evan Engram: Engram is on this list mostly because of a single great play he made during red zone drills (though he did make a nice catch down the field between the safety and corner later in practice). Engram drew single coverage by Landon Collins. Eli Manning threw the fade route, and Engram went up and got the ball at its highest point. He landed on one foot, and managed to click his second heel down before falling out of bounds.

Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr.: I loved a play these two made together. Shepard made a long grab and headed up field. He cut in front of Landon Collins and across the field. About 40 yards downfield, there was Beckham blocking defensive backs to continue to create running room for Shepard. Wide receiver coach Tyke Tolbert wants his guys to be great without the ball in their hands and this play is a perfect example of just that.