Three times in the last two practices Giants players have attempted to make one-handed catches. Not all of those attempts have seemed necessary. On one in particular, a pass to rookie Roger Lewis in the back of the end zone on Sunday, the coaches yelled in near unison “Two hands!” as the ball fell to the ground. On Monday tight end Will Tye made his one-handed attempt and later in the workout Myles White did the same, both failing with an incompletion.

It’s pretty obvious who’s to blame for this rash of lax fundamentals.

“I don’t like it,” Ben McAdoo said of the trend. “There is only one Odell, and we like to see him catch it with two hands.”

Cleary climbs depth chart

Emmett Cleary has had a pretty meteoric rise up the depth chart this week. He was a third-team offensive lineman in the preseason game, jumped over Adam Gettis to the second team in Sunday’s practice, and found himself working with the starting group midway through Monday’s workout when John Jerry left with an illness.

“I think it’s not too big for Emmett,” McAdoo said. “He’s going to fight though and battle through everything. He’s going to do the best he can with the reps he’s been given.”

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Bobby Hart also took some first-team reps at right guard. While Hart has spent most of camp at tackle, McAdoo said they think the second-year player has flexibility on the line.

Giant steps

DT Damon Harrison and G Justin Pugh had the closest thing to a training camp fight when they exchanged shoves during a running drill early in practice and had to be separated. “I like the intensity,” McAdoo said. “I don’t like to see guys taking swings at each other. I’m not sure if they did or not, but that reflects a lack of discipline.” McAdoo added that he was pleased the situation was quickly defused and did not feel a need to address it with the team. “They broke it up, they handled it well,” he said . . . The Giants veterans broke training camp on Monday night and were allowed to return home but players with four or fewer years of experience in the league will stay in the team hotel until after Saturday’s game against the Bills . . . WR Sterling Shepard (groin) was limited, but McAdoo said there was no setback for him.