The New York Giants were back on the field Friday for the second practice of training camp. Here are the standouts from the day:
WR Russell Shepard: A day after Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb and Corey Coleman tore his ACL, the wide receiver depth was tested. Russell Shepard stepped up on Friday, finding a connection with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Shepard caught a handful of passes from the sixth overall draft pick and worked both sides of the field, highlighted by a deep reception down the right side.
“Our room is kind of going through it a little bit, but to counter that, there is a lot of opportunity for other guys and the young guys to step up and make some plays,” veteran wide receiver Golden Tate said earlier in the day. “They will get some extra reps, and hopefully we all take advantage of that. We want to find the good in it. We are just going to deal with it and keep showing up to work and try to get better.”
OLB Lorenzo Carter: Big things are expected this season from Carter, who bulked up this offseason between his rookie and sophomore years. His weight isn’t the only thing he wanted to increase by double digits. The Giants haven’t had a player with at least 10 sacks since Jason Pierre-Paul in 2014. Carter hopes to be the next in line and is off to a good start with two strong practices. A day after he had an interception, Carter was disruptive again on Friday. He had a “sack” (you can’t hit quarterbacks in practice) and on the very next play strung out running back Wayne Gallman before he could reach the sideline. “I’ve always kind of put big expectations on myself,” Carter said.
CB Grant Haley: The second-year defensive back made the play of the day, intercepting a redirected pass in traffic. Haley, who logged nearly 450 snaps last season as an undrafted rookie, showed good reflexes in keeping with the play before the ball hit the ground. He is one of many young cornerbacks under the tutelage of Janoris Jenkins, who is stressing attention to detail.
“I just go out and ball,” Jenkins said. “I let them pick my brain when they want to, and if I see them messing up, I pick them up a little bit. Other than that, they seem like they’re ready to me, and I can just lead by example.”
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