On a hot and humid day, the Giants took the field for their first practice of training camp. While pads were not worn, the tempo was notably more intense than the Organized Team Activities last month. The summer heat claimed several early victims as presumed starting right Guard Brandon Moseley, rookie tight end Xavier Grimble, linebacker Spencer Adkins, and offensive tackle Charles Brown all left with what were described as heat related issued. The Giants officially described Moseley’s ailment as an upset stomach. He and Grimble were carted off.
More concerning was the carting off of Jameel McClain, who joined Jacquian Williams and rookie Devon Kennard as the starting linebacker trio to open practice. X-Rays were negative on his foot and he should practice, although on a limited basis, tomorrow. A serious injury would be especially devastating on the heels of starting middle linebacker Jon Beason’s placement on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list yesterday afternoon. One piece of good news from Tom Coughlin’s post practice press conference is his statement that Beason is progressing well in his recovery.
The starting defensive line was made up of Jason Pierre-Paul and Matthais Kiwanuka and end, and Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson at tackle. One of the more compelling training camp battles will be second year defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins’ push for a starting job.
The team unveiled a more dynamic warm up routine that is designed to cut down on practice injuries. In previous seasons, warm ups consisted of simple stretches.
The initial starting offensive line, left to right: Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Moseley, and Justin Pugh (who changed his number to 67). Charles Brown took over for Beatty after only a few snaps, and rookie Weston Richburg was the workhorse of the line, playing first team right guard for Moseley, and second team center. Dallas Reynolds took snaps with the second team at right guard. It’s safe to assume that those three players will have first crack at replacing the retired Chris Snee.
The pace of Ben McAdoo’s offense is much faster than Kevin Gilbride’s. Hopefully this means that we’ve seen the last of the delay of game penalties that plagued the Giants during the Gilbride years. Swing passes also seem to figure prominently in the offense, as David Wilson caught several today. Rookie Andre Williams even got into the spirit and caught one, showing progress in one of the weakest areas of his game.
The first interception of camp was made by Dominique Rodgers-Comartie off of Eli Manning when rookie Odell Beckham cut his deep route short. Coughlin was uncertain if Beckham was experiencing a flare up of the hamstring issues that have plagued him over the past few months, but commented that the rookie “has some work to do.”
Special teams practice featured punt returns by Trindon Holliday, Rueben Randle, Beckham, and Victor Cruz. The highlight was a fake punt to safety Quintin Demps – something to keep an eye out for during the regular season.
The Giants practice again tomorrow at 1:20 PM. Check back here for more news and notes.