New York Giants Training Camp Report: August 8, 2017

On Monday, it was the defense getting the better of the offense.

Today, the offense turned the tables in a two-hour plus practice that featured situational football to include red zone, the two-minute offense, and short yardage, among others.

The highlight came during the two-minute drill when the first-team offense, led by quarterback Eli Manning, connected with rookie tight end Evan Engram for a “last-ditch” touchdown and then hitting Brandon Marshall for the two-point conversion.

This is worth noting because if you think back to last year, the Giants offense began camp looking lethargic, and continued to look out of whack throughout the preseason and through the regular season.  The passing offense, remember, scored just four touchdowns and just one touchdown on the ground during the preseason last year.

The running game is making strides, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.

“I think the offensive line is developing confidence in each other, they are coming off the ball. The tight end group is improving and that helps,” he said.

“(Paul). Perkins is a young back who’s grown, but we have some other young backs who aren’t afraid to hit the hole. There have been some shots of the offense knocking a hole in the defense and that’s encouraging.”

Call it a gut feeling, but this preseason, you might just see a little more scoring if what they’ve shown so far in camp carries over to the games.

Injury Report

Linebacker Keenan Robinson is still in the concussion protocol. I don’t think we’ve seen Robinson on the field at all, even on the sideline, since his injury.

Defensive tackle Robert Thomas (soreness), linebacker Mark Herzlich (stinger) and cornerback Mykkele Thompson (quad) are all new additions to the injury report. Herzlich didn’t work Monday either, but it wasn’t until today that the nature of his injury was made known.

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Receiver Sterling Shepard continues to take his return slowly, but has looked good in working with a trainer.

Tavarres King (ankle) didn’t do the team work today, though McAdoo did make it a point to say that the receiver didn’t have a setback.

Rookie offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (foot) remains sidelined, as do the two players on PUP, linebacker J.T. Thomas and running back Shaun Draughn.

Defensive end Avery Moss left practice early with a shoulder issue. And tight end Matt LaCosse gave onlookers a scare when he was slow to rise after making a diving catch down the near sideline. LaCosse simply had the wind knocked out of him and was able to continue taking his practice reps.

Safety Ryan Murphy also appeared to be sidelined today.

Lineup Notes

D.J. Fluker has been spending his reps at right guard and right tackle.  Travis Rudolph is certainly making a strong push for a roster spot. Rudolph has been getting reps in the slot, and as both kickoff return and punt return

Daily Flowers Update

Not a day goes by when I don’t get a question about Ereck Flowers and how he’s looking. So for whatever number of camp practices are left, I’ll devote a section to the “Daily Flowers Update.”

Prepare yourselves because the report is positive. I thought Flowers had another strong showing today. He was beaten once, I think by Avery Moss before he left with a shoulder injury, early in practice.

Flowers held his own against Olivier Vernon and Romeo Okwara, whom he faced mostly in this one. I wouldn’t be surprised if that fantastic practice Flowers had last Saturday was the shot of confidence he needed because he’s certainly been playing with more of a pep in his step since then.

What He Said 

It’s cool, man. We should understand they’re (the offense) going to make plays. What you guys call it, we don’t call it beat. We call it competing.”

–CB Janoris Jenkins, who won some and lost some of his competitions with offensive players today.

Fan Question of the Day

Thanks for the question. Technically, everyone is competing for a roster spot, so I’m guessing you meant to ask me if I think Schwan has a legitimate shot at making the 53-man roster out of camp.

My guess is he’s probably more in line for a spot on the practice squad than he is for the 53-man roster due to the numbers. I’m estimating they’ll keep five defensive ends.

Barring injury, the five will be Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Romeo Okwara, Avery Moss and Devin Taylor. Missing from the prediction are Owa Odighizuwa and Kerry Wynn, so you can see just how competitive that defensive end spot is.

But you know what? Schwan’s landing on the practice squad wouldn’t be a bad thing. It would give him a chance to come through a year of development, including working through the 2018 offseason with the team, which I think will help him more.

Schwan, like most rookies, needs to work on his strength, so I think if he’s willing to be patient, he’ll get there.

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Quick Hits

  • Bobby Hart was beaten on back-to-back plays by Damon Harrison (on a twist), and then Jason Pierre-Paul. After those two early plays, Hart buckled down and was solid in his reps.
  • UDFA LB Calvin Munson recorded a sack when he beat, I believe, running back Khalid Abdullah, who was in pass protection. Abdullah, BTW, didn’t have any dropped passes from what I could see. Munson, meanwhile, has bene working with the second-team defense in the middle with both Keenan Robinson and Mark Herzlich sidelined.
  • Rookie offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty found defensive end Devin Taylor scooting underneath him. Bisnowaty, like most young offensive tackles, doesn’t always play low to the ground; on this play, he was too high.
  • Defensive tackle Jay Bromley had himself a nice practice today. Bromley is eyeing that starting job alongside of Damon Harrison, and to make sure he gets it, Bromley was slicing and dicing his way into the backfield. With Robert Thomas sidelined and Corbin Bryant not really jumping off the page, it probably wouldn’t be a stretch to say this is now a two-man race between Bromley and Dalvin Tomlinson, who by the way had one of his best practices to day.
  • I thought D.J. Fluker had an up-and-down showing today. Fluker, as previously mentioned has been working at right guard and right tackle with the twos and threes respectively. While that was the plan all along, as I recall, I wonder if they might be better off letting Fluker just stay put at one position for mow.
  • Speaking of offensive tackles, Michael Bowie was beaten by a defender (I couldn’t see who). He followed that up by what looked like a hold against Kerry Wynn. Wynn also beat Fluker on a pass rush a couple plays later.
  • Wayne Gallman looks like he’s running with a lot more confidence lately. He’s not running as straight up as he was at the start of camp, and he is also very decisive in hitting the hole, as he was today when he burst up the middle, squaring his shoulders as he did so.
  • Tight end Colin Thompson put defensive end Evan Schwan on the ground. Schwan, by the way, had a nice series later in the practice against converted defensive tackle Jarron Jones, now an offensive tackle. Schwan recorded two “sacks” and a pressure, his pressure coming when he surfed the line and chased down the quarterback, who was trying to roll away from that side.
  • Get used to this: Eli Manning hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a big pass completion. On this play, safety Duke Ihenacho looked to be the one who was victimized.
  • Receiver Keeon Johnson came up with a nice catch on a deep corner route. Johnson is a guy I haven’t really had any notes on until today. He’s a wiry looking 6-3, 216 pounds, but he has a nice little burst of speed to him.
  • Big day for Travis Rudolph. If you remember, I mused over the possibility of Rudolph possibly replacing Dwayne Harris as the return specialist. Well, today Rudolph had chances to return punts and kickoffs and work in the slot. It’s still kind of early, but I’m wondering if maybe Rudolph and Harris’ skill set is identical to where it comes down to one or the other. Let’s see though how the games play out.
  • Kicker Mike Nugent went four for four in field goal attempts, his longest being from about 44 yards. I could be wrong here, but I don’t’ think either kicker has missed a field goal attempt in this camp.
  • Geno Smith has been making a push forward thanks to some nice throws, but in red-zone drills, he was overshooting his intended receiver by a good five yards. On a pass intended for Darius Powe, Smith hit Janoris Jenkins instead.
  • Another day, another Manning to Engram touchdown. Let’s hope this is the start of a trend that transfers to the live game action.

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