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Stevie Brown jumps into practice; 5 takeaways

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Photos from the Monday's Training Camp Practice

  1. Brown jumped right back into the swing of things.**

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Safety Stevie Brown, who signed with the Giants this morning, wasted no time and jumped right into Monday's practice wearing No. 39 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center (he wore No. 27 in his first stint with the Giants, but that is currently owned by rookie safety Mykkele Thompson, who is out for the season with an Achilles injury).

When Brown wasn't participating in team drills today, he was attached to the hip of safeties coach David Merritt, soaking in all the information he could after being released by the Texans on Saturday. With the regular season less than two weeks away and the preseason finale this Thursday in New England, Brown will do all he can to get back up to speed.

"They're just talking about coming in and competing and being able to fit in where I can," Brown said of his potential role after playing from 2012-2014 with the Giants. "Definitely an opportunity."

2. Schwartz ran with the first team.

Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz said after Saturday's preseason loss to the Jets that he considers himself a starter and prepares as such. However, he has recently been rotating in with the second team at both right guard and right tackle. That changed on Monday when he lined up with the ones at right guard. In trying to find the best five, the Giants used a number of combinations on Monday, including John Jerry playing both right tackle and right guard as well.

3. Richburg back at center.

Center Weston Richburg, who missed the Giants' third preseason game with a knee issue and was replaced by Dallas Reynolds, returned to practice today at his usual spot with the first team. It was good news for an offensive line that allowed three sacks on Saturday night and averaged 3.8 yards per rushing attempt.

"In spurts, we did fine, and other times we didn't do fine," coach Tom Coughlin said on a conference call the day after the game. "We didn't keep as clean a pocket as we've been keeping back there in the two previous games. I give credit to the Jets defensive line and linebackers; they did a very good job in terms of pressure."

4. Collins and Taylor top safety tandem.

Like they had been doing for much of spring, rookie second-round pick Landon Collins and Cooper Taylor lined up as first-team safeties on Monday. That comes in the wake of Collins making three tackles in his first game back since the preseason opener and Taylor notching the Giants' lone sack against the Jets.

"Both of those guys made some plays, yeah, they did," Coughlin said. "They got up there and tackled --- Cooper Taylor got a sack coming off the weak side and Collins had some nice plays and some hits. He made a nice tackle. They got out there, they played, they got that experience in and no worse for wear."

5. Selvie, Herzlich, Casillas returned; Miles out with a groin.

After missing the last two weeks with a knee injury that he suffered in practice, veteran defensive end George Selvie returned today, as did linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion). Fellow linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck) also came back on a limited basis. However, safety Jeromy Miles had to leave with a groin injury.

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