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  1. Art Stapleton ‏@art_stapleton 8m8 minutes agoVictor Cruz had a "tight groin" per Ben McAdoo. Reason he was held out of team drills today. #Giants
  2. It's not a rock solid connection. But he did give me a heads up that Hall was coming back for a second look, before it was being mentioned.
  3. RG Louis Vasquez scheduled for a visit. Can play both Guard spots and RT.
  4. Sunday will be a day of rest for the New York Giants after their longest, most grueling practice of training camp. Let’s use the off day to catch our breath and offer some observations as we head toward the preseason. I have no idea at this point who will win the last couple of wide receiver roster spots, but it’s turning out to be a heckuva battle. Geremy Davis, Myles White,Roger Lewis, Tavarres King and Darius Powe have been taking turns one-upping each other. Coach Ben McAdoo said recently that it’s not easy completing passes against the Giants’ corners, and we saw that on Saturday. Highlight after highlight showed terrific work by Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins and others. I don’t know how the running back depth chart is going to shake out past Rashad Jennings. I do know that if I was Andre Williams I wouldn’t be buying property or signing a long-term lease. I get asked about the right side of the offensive line all the time. I still believe that the Giants will add one or two offensive linemen off the waiver wire before the season starts. Speaking of the offensive line, right tackle appears to be a competition in theory only. The only first-team reps Bobby Hart has taken have come during walk-through portions of practice. Until he takes live reps where he works with the first line and actually has to block Jason Pierre-Paul, there is no competition. Despite the signing of Leon Hall, I still think undrafted free agent Donte Deayonhas a chance to make the roster. The kid just keeps making plays. I might be wrong about Larry Donnell not making the 53-man roster. By all accounts, the veteran tight end is having a nice camp. I love the physicality Ben McAdoo has asked for/allowed from his players during training camp. In recent years, Tom Coughlin’s practices had seemed anything but physical. You can’t prepare for football without at least coming close to the physicality you will experience during a game. You’re dead wrong if you think the signing of Hall means the Giants are dissatisfied with Apple. The first-round pick is an outside corner, not a slot guy. They are vastly different positions. This allows the Giants to leave Apple outside, where his future is, and to let him develop. McAdoo is more open than Coughlin with the media when he wants to be. Like Coughlin, though, he is becoming masterful at really blowing past a question or giving a “non-answer” answer when he gets a question he doesn’t want to discuss during his daily briefings. Linebackers coach Bill McGovern said recently there is a “wide open” competitionfor playing time at that spot. I don’t believe that’s true. Devon Kennard will be the SAM. At this point, I’ll be stunned if Jonathan Casillas isn’t the WILL. The only real question is who is in the middle, and I believe that will either be Jasper Brinkley or Keenan Robinson. If he emerges from the preseason healthy, third-round pick Darian Thompson will be the starting free safety. I think you can bank on that. I believe Carl Banks was right the other day when he said that the Giants’ defense might finish middle of the pack statistically, but be an opportunistic group that generates lots of sacks and turnovers. That, actually, is the type of defense you want the way the game is played now. Defense is about the big play, the turnover, changing momentum. That’s what you hope to see. I like the fact that McAdoo said he wouldn’t waste time preparing for or studying the Dolphins in advance of Friday’s preseason opener. Who really cares about a game plan or studying the opponent at this point. Take your limited practice time and work on making your team better. McAdoo and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan keep deflecting the “who will call the plays?” question. If I was a betting man (I’m not) I’d bet this month’s mortgage that McAdoo will do that once the regular season begins. It seems like defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul have done nothing to quell optimism about how dynamic they can be together.
  5. Camp Thursday RECEIVERS PUT ON A SHOW. If the evening Giants highlight reel consists of nothing but plays made by receivers Sterling Shepard, Geremy Davis, Tavarress King and Roger Lewis, don’t be surprised. Those receivers—Shepard and Davis especially—put on a show for the fans in attendance. Shepard, in fact, seemed impossible to cover by anyone but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie while Davis came up with two beautiful receptions on outside throws, catches on which he did a nice job of remaining aware of where the sideline was and making sure he stayed in bounds. King, who produced some pretty catches last week, was right back to making his case for a roster spot again today. In one drill in which the receivers went against defensive backs, King somehow shook tight coverage and managed to separate down the sideline. Then for kicks, he made a diving one-handed catch that Odell Beckham Jr. probably would have been proud of. CRUZ TAKES A BEATING. Not to be outdone, receiver Victor Cruz participated in probably his most physical practice since his two-year injury odyssey began. Cruz was brought down at least twice and both times he sprung to his feet as though he had landed on a pile of pillows. Earlier this summer, Cruz spoke of knowing when he’d be all the way back when that first hard thumping camp. While he’s sure to be sore after today, the fact that he made it through the beating unscathed has to be a big mental boost for him. JOANTHAN’S PICK. Last summer, linebacker Jonathan Casillas offered some excellent insight into which player to watch moving forward, that being fullback Nikita Whitlock. So this year, I went back to that well, asking Casillas for his early choice of offensive players who have thus far blown him away. He thought about it for a bit and then said, “No. 39.” That would be rookie running back Paul Perkins, the team’s fifth-round draft pick this year. After missing most of the spring while he completed classes at UCLA, Perkins has been nothing short of dynamic with the ball in his hands; more importantly, the rookie has been making up what he missed in what seems like record time. Perkins is quick, has shown good vision, and reads his blocks well, both as an inside and outside runner. while all those things have impressed Casillas, there’s something else that has made the veteran linebacker take notice. “Watching the young running back, today and yesterday, I saw him make a cut in the hole in half time and I don’t know if I’ve seen that out of other guys,” Casillas said. “Then he had a couple of good runs today. “I haven’t gone against him yet, but just watching him out there, he made a cut yesterday that I haven’t seen a lot of guys make. It was like kind of get the ball in his hands and he just make a quick move. You have to have explosiveness, intuitiveness and extreme quickness to make a move like that. “Today we saw him running down the field a few times with the ball in his hands, and that’s not a good thing defensively, but offensively he’s going to put some people in the stands.”
  6. @AdamSchefter 21m21 minutes ago Cowboys Exec VP Stephen Jones told @toddarcher that RB Ezekiel Elliott will miss "some time" with his hamstring injury.
  7. Giants CB Janoris Jenkins bounces back | Practice report OBSERVATIONS: •Victor Cruz again worked with the first-team offense, but he did not record any catches during team periods. The one time Cruz was targeted deep by Eli Manning in 11-on-11s, the wide receiver didn't appear to have the extra gear necessary to catch up to a slightly overthrown ball. •Eli Apple continues to work exclusively on the outside. Typically Apple rotates in with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who either comes off the field or moves into the slot. Apple had blanket coverage on a deep ball from Manning to Geremy Davis that fell incomplete. •Tight end Larry Donnell made another big play, beating Jasper Brinkley deep down the right sideline. The play could have gone for a touchdown, but Donnell couldn't keep his feet after snagging a beautiful pass from Manning. •Quick hits: Third-string quarterback Logan Thomas fumbled a snap during a run drill for the second consecutive day. Undrafted free agent Marshaun Coprich dropped an easy pass from Thomas during a team period. That's not the impression two players fighting for a roster spot want to make ... Manning lumbered in for a touchdown when the pocket broke down in the red zone during an 11-on-11 drill ... Running back Bobby Rainey broke a long run with the first-team offense during a no-huddle 11-on-11 period. PLAY OF THE DAY: Manning connected with Shane Vereen on a picture-perfect wheel route up the left sideline during a 7-on-7 period. The play may have been called back in a game because the receiver appeared to set a pick on the linebacker covering Vereen, but it was a good-looking connection on the practice field. QUARTERBACK STATS: •Manning went 4-for-5 in 7-on-7 periods, completing passes to Vereen, Donnell, Rashad Jennings and Myles White. •Manning completed 10-of-13 passes in 11-on-11 periods. Sterling Shepard (3), Geremy Davis (2), Dwayne Harris (2), Donnell, Jennings and Will Tye caught passes from Manning in the 11-on-11s.
  8. Giants camp 8/3 LEON HALL VISITS GIANTS AGAIN… Unrestricted free agent cornerback Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals) visited the New York Giants on Wednesday. Hall had visited the team back in early May but obviously did not sign a contract with the team at that time. The 31-year old Hall was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In his nine seasons with the Bengals, Hall has played in 121 regular-season games with 105 starts. Hall started four of the 14 games he played in last season, finishing with 44 tackles, nine pass defenses, and two interceptions. He also won “AFC Player of the Week” for his performance in a December game against the St. Louis Rams. The aging Hall is a physical press corner who tackles very well. He is very experienced and technically-sound. The strength of Hall’s game is his ability to cover receivers out of the slot position. Versatile, Hall has also played safety in some packages. Hall has suffered two Achilles’ tendon injuries (2011 and 2013) that has robbed him of some of his explosiveness. Hall also had back surgery this offseason to repair a disc injury. He is a hard worker and team leader. PRACTICE NOTES… Some snippets from various media sources: Quarterback Eli Manning has had a strong start to training camp and looked sharp again on Wednesday. Defensive end Kerry Wynn and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins flashed in run defense. Working with the third-team defense, defensive end Romeo Okwara blew up a running play. Quarterback Eli Manning hit running back Shane Vereen for a long touchdown off a wheel route. Linebacker Keenan Robinson worked with the first-team nickel defense and looked sharp in pass coverage. Wide receiver Victor Cruz was rotated in with first-team offense. However, Cruz has yet to make many plays in practice and has not flashed his past explosiveness. Cornerback Eli Apple had blanket coverage on wide receiver Geremy Davis on a go route. Second-team safeties were Nat Berhe and Andrew Adams. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas separated the ball from an intended receiver with a big hit. Quarterback Ryan Nassib was not sharp, but he did hit tight end Matt LaCosse over the middle for a big gain. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins broke up a fade pass into the end zone intended for wide receiver Roger Lewis from quarterback Eli Manning. Linebacker B.J. Goodson received some second-team reps in 7-on-7 drills. Quarterback Eli Manning targeted wide receiver Sterling Shepard quite a bit with success. Quarterback Eli Manning hit tight end Larry Donnell deep down the right sideline, beating linebacker Jasper Brinkley. (VIDEO) Defensive end Olivier Vernon gave left tackle Ereck Flowers problems with his quickness. Running back Bobby Rainey broke a long run with the first-team offense out of the no-huddle. Wide receiver K.J. Maye made a diving reception on a pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib. Linebacker Brad Bars – a converted defensive end – flashed in run defense. Cornerback Trevin Wade had a strong day playing the slot corner position.
  9. New York Giants 2016 Training Camp Schedule Friday, July 29: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Saturday, July 30: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Sunday, July 31: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Monday, August 1: CAMP CLOSED; no practice Tuesday, August 2: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Wednesday, August 3: CAMP CLOSED Thursday, August 4: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Friday, August 5: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Saturday, August 6: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Sunday, August 7: CAMP CLOSED; no practice Monday, August 8: 11:10 a.m. – Practice Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 a.m. – Practice Thursday, August 11: CAMP CLOSED; no practice Friday, August 12: Giants vs. Dolphins, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 13: CAMP CLOSED; no practice Sunday, August 14: 11:10 a.m. – Practice Monday, August 15: CAMP CLOSED; end of training camp
  10. Bump. Interested in an update.
  11. Pokemon Go People starring at their phones while walking or riding bikes aren't bothering to look before crossing the street.
  12. Monsanto filing lawsuits against farmers that refuse to buy Monsanto products. Monsanto will file lawsuits, even if they can't win them, because the cost to the farmer in legal fees will often force a settlement. I think the most egregious is ones where an organic farm is sued when Monsanto DNA is found in their crops because of pollen and pollinators moving across fields.
  13. I'm for the labeling. I don't have concerns over the "healthiness" of GMO foods. The bigger concern is that the patents on them are used to monopolize industries and crush businesses with frivolous lawsuits.
  14. Entourage was good, but I liked Californication way better.