It's a big week for the Giants, and they will only get bigger from here.
In the next seven days, the team will host a joint practice with the Jets, face them in the preseason finale, and announce the 53-man roster by the NFL deadline of 4 p.m. on Aug. 30. Then it's all systems go for Week 1 in Tennessee on Sept. 11.
"I think we always want to ramp things up," coach Brian Daboll said before Wednesday's practice. "We always want to be urgent in what we do from the meeting rooms to the practice field. I don't think you can go up and down with that. I think you have to have a high sense of urgency in this league. Do you sit there and talk about what's upcoming in a week? I just shoot it to them straight.
"We started out with 90. Now you're down to 80. It's going to go to 53 pretty soon, and unfortunately the world we live in, there's going to be 600 or 700 guys that will be working out on Tuesdays trying to get onto another team. Another 400 or 500, whatever it is, for the practice squad, with 16. So, I think the more you start thinking about that, the less you do when you have a chance to do it, which is right now, today, in practice. We all know it's an evaluation period for all of us. I think you just concentrate on doing your job the best you can, and then you can live with the results."
Here are the highlights from Wednesday's practice:
*Wide receiver David Sills V made an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone from Tyrod Taylor during 1-on-1 drills. Coming out of Sunday's preseason victory over Cincinnati, Daboll praised Sills among a group of receivers in the mix "not just to make a team but to play."
*Quarterback Daniel Jones had a short touchdown run in team drills late in practice.
*Cornerback Aaron Robinson had the lone interception of practice, taking it up the sideline for a Pick-6.
*The story of the day was the return of Sterling Shepard, who is free to burn the red non-contact jersey he wore throughout OTAs and the majority of training camp. Shepard passed his physical today and was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The Giants will ramp him up and Shepard saw some team reps and hauled in a pass.
*Rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson had one of the best plays of the day, making a leaping catch in 1-on-1 drills.
*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson led off the day with a nice pass breakup and had another one later during team drills. Safety Julian Love deflected a pass at the goal line to prevent a touchdown.
*Rooke inside linebacker Micah McFadden is heating up and would have had a sack in today's practice. The fifth-round pick from Indiana led the team with five tackles (three solo) against the Bengals.
*Outside linebacker Oshane Ximines batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage. Fellow backer Azeez Ojulari also would have had a tackle for loss.
View the best photos from Wednesday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.