Today’s practice for the New York Giants at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, though hot, did not see nearly as many heat-related issues as yesterday.
The players who were carted off the field due to heat related issues yesterday, tight end Xavier Grimble and linebacker Spencer Adkins, did not have any apparent problems during today’s practice.
Guard Brandon Mosley, who left yesterday’s practice early due to an upset stomach, also participated fully in practice today.
Linebacker Jameel McClain, who was carted off with a foot injury during yesterday’s practice, did make it through the entire practice today.
McClain had X-rays taken yesterday which came out negative. He saw action at the middle linebacker position with the second and third string teams.
Rookie Devon Kennard saw some action at middle linebacker due to McClain’s injury. Though it is not yet determined which position he will play, he is not nervous about moving to middle linebacker.
“Every day I prepare to start,” he said. “It’s no different for me, it’s no added pressure. It’s what I expect and what I want. I’m just excited for another opportunity to come out here and compete.”
Linebacker coach Jim Herrmann has no reservations about Kennard “If he can handle it, if he can get everybody lined up and understand the nuances of where he belongs…he’s a big kid, he can hit people.”
When speaking to the media today, Herrmann also talked about the only Giant on PUP, Jon Beason.
“He’s on the practice field, he stands with the group, he just can’t take reps,” Herrmann said. “He’s in the meetings, he’s doing what everybody else does, he just can’t take reps.”
Herrmann said that he is not counting on Beason to be ready for week one of the season.
“He’s not there until they tell me he’s there, he said. “I have to plan as if he’s not going to be there and when they tell me he’s there, then he’s there.”
Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not practice in the team portion today. General Manager Jerry Reese confirmed that Beckham tweaked his hamstring during yesterday’s practice.
“You see that in some young players sometimes,” he said. “They get out there, they are a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious, and that happens to them. Hopefully he can get back out there pretty quickly and we’re expecting big things from him.”
Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed after practice that Beckham tweaked the same hamstring yesterday that he injured during minicamp and is now sore. Coughlin admitted that there is some concern regarding Beckham’s injury.
Beckham did mostly independent work on the sideline today, including slow paced jumps and squats.
Running back David Wilson (neck) saw action again today, despite only being cleared to play on Monday.
Coughlin confirmed after practice that Wilson is good to go.
“He’s been medically cleared to play,” Coughlin said. “If there are limitations, it would be something that I impose, but like I told you yesterday, he’s an amazing guy.”
“He looked good yesterday, he’s a highly conditioned athlete, he can run and run and run. I don’t think today was as effective as yesterday but he was out there playing away.”
Running back coach Craig Johnson said to the media that Wilson is “A quick back that could be a difference maker.” Johnson spoke about the excitement that Wilson brings to the team.
“David certainly brings that spark or burst,” he said. “He can take the ball to the edge, get to the edge and do a good job. He obviously, after having to sit out all of the spring, had great energy here yesterday and was doing a good job.”
The players are happy to have Wilson back as well, specifically running back Andre Williams.
“David just got back and that’s a big plus for us,” Williams said. “He’s so dynamic and fast. You saw him out there running the outside zone. His ability to stop and get moving again is unparalleled. We’re excited that we are at full strength and we are just going to move forward from here.”
Wide receiver Mario Manningham practiced with the team today and did not appear to have any issues with his knee.
Guard John Jerry, who is unsure if will play in the Hall of Fame game on August 3 against the Bills, did get some reps in with the first string players today.
Coughlin had some promising words to say about sixth year tackle Will Beatty, who is recovering from a leg injury that he suffered against the Redskins last year.
“He’s doing a little bit more and that’s very encouraging,” he said. “I’m giving him a lot of credit for this. He’s not overdoing it but he’s doing what’s expected. I hope he is able to continue to work his way back. I do know that he feels like he needs to be stronger, but that’s normal.”