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Sideline View: Offense shines at practice


Today was the Giants' last practice before they fly to Cleveland for a pair of joint practices against the Browns leading up to the team's second preseason game on Sunday afternoon. Temperatures were in the 80s and players were wearing only shells.

* It was the first time we saw cards in practice this summer. Cards are shown to the offense or defense prior to the play so they can simulate what the upcoming opponent might do. It gives the offense and defense the right type of looks to practice against so the team is ready for the Browns in practice and in the game on Sunday.

* This was one of the sharpest days of practice we have seen from the offense during training camp. During team drills at the beginning of practice, Daniel Jones hit Evan Engram twice, including one on an out-route right past the outstretched hand of the safety.

* The offense shined during 7-on-7 red zone drills. David Sills caught touchdown passes on three of his four routes, one of which came against James Bradberry. Later, Bradberry described Sills as being "a crafty wide receiver" when he spoke to the media.

* Jones was accurate throughout the red zone period, and hit two receivers on the sideline that required toe-taps to score touchdowns. There were no referees at practice so it was difficult to tell whether their feet were in or out of bounds.

View the best photos from Tuesday's training camp practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

* Jones also successfully executed a couple of back-shoulder throws for scores. Two of those went to Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who each caught a pair of touchdowns. Alex Bachman and Matt Cole had a pair of touchdown catches. Jones completed passes to receivers running a variety of routes.

* The defensive backs were focusing on their leverage in the drill, trying to force the receives outside where they have the help of the sideline acting as an extra defender. Despite the limited space, the receivers were able to make some tough catches while in tight coverage.

* During team drills in the high-red zone, Darius Slayton continued his strong practice by catching a crossing pattern in the back of the end zone from Daniel Jones. A few plays later, Slayton made a tough leaping catch on a slant from Jones. He elevated with full extension to make the play.

* The best catch from practice came during the final team session. Daniel Jones looked for Sterling Shepard deep down the left side of the field. Shepard went airborne and twisted in the air before making a clean grab for a long touchdown.

* Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said earlier in the day that Ryan Santoso would handle most of the upcoming kicking work in practice. He continued to show off his powerful leg when he had the opportunity, booming a kick through the upright from what looked like 55 yards away.

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