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Practice report for 7/28: Eli Manning goes deep, Henry Hynoski loses his hat, Victor Cruz waves

Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass during

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It was almost as if Eli Manning was so concerned about defusing the idea that he will no longer throw deep passes in the new West Coast system that he purposely came out chucking it long on Monday. He took several vertical shots down the field, maybe more today than he has all of the previous practices combined.

It would have been a more effective argument if he had completed one of them.

Instead,...

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Practice report 7/25: Kennard hits, Eli falls, and Coughlin yells

Devon Kennard of the Giants looks on during

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

And here I thought Devon Kennard looked good when he wasn’t allowed to hit people. Put the kid in shoulder pads and … whoa boy!

The rookie linebacker – let me rephrase that, rookie STARTING linebacker – made the hit of the day early on in the team’s first practice with shoulder pads. It was during a special teams drill in which he was to drop back and set up to block an on-coming gunner. In...

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'Four Downs' for July 24

Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants looks on during

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Realizing how difficult it can be to keep up with every detail throughout the day, I’ll try to post a digest each night that lets you know what the most significant parts of training camp were so you can at least appear to be in tune with the team when you gather around the water cooler.

Here are the four most important things you need to know about what went down at Giants training camp today:

1....

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Practice report 7/24: Eli and Cruz get back together, but it's Painter who goes deep

Victor Cruz, second from right, runs into the

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It’s expected to be the most dynamic combination the Giants will have this season, and it took three days for it to finally show up. I speak, of course, of the Eli Manning pass to Victor Cruz. For the first two practices that connection had been non-existent (at least in 11-on-11 team drills). But today, it finally appeared.

Manning hit Cruz on a slant on the right side early in the no-huddle...

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Practice report for 7/23: A quick pace, a quick break, and a Wynn-win

Head Coach Tom Coughlin of the Giants speak

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I said yesterday that I would try to time the snaps when the Giants were in the hurry-up portion of their offense, and I am nothing if not a man of my word. The results that I procured indicate that the Giants are moving at a very brisk speed.

First some background on my un-scientific procedure. I used the stopwatch function on my iPhone and hit the lap button every time the ball was snapped....

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'Four Downs' for July 22

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and

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Realizing how difficult it can be to keep up with every detail throughout the day, I’ll try to post a digest each night that lets you know what the most significant parts of training camp were so you can at least appear to be in tune with the team when you gather around the water cooler.

Here are the four most important things you need to know about what went down at Giants training camp today:

IT’S...

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Practice report 7/22: Giants pick up the pace

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants looks to

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

As a reporter who tries to jot down a note on every snap in training camp, this summer is going to be a challenge. That’s because the tempo of practice was noticeably quicker than it has been in the past. I don’t have an exact time – I think I’ll try to bring a stopwatch and figure that out in the coming days believe it or not -- but the snaps-per-minute were definitely ramped up.

“There are...

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Making noise on offense

Giants quarterback Curtis Painter, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo

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One thing about the new Giants offense was obvious at Wednesday’s minicamp practice: It was louder.

But not because of the players.

Instead it was the coaches who were barkin’, screamin’, cajolin’, yellin’ (and yes, sometimes cussin’) with the kind of urgency that a team feels when it has one day of work remaining before a month's vacation and the start of training camp.

Tom Coughlin...

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Eli says Peyton is a better QB, but gives himself the edge ... elsewhere

Giants quarterback Eli Manning visits "FOX & Friends"

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For seven years I’ve been covering Eli Manning, and in all that time I’ve been asking the wrong questions.

Jay Mohr suffers from no such deficiency.

During a radio interview on the Jay Mohr Sports show on Fox Sports Radio today, Mohr got Eli to admit that while Peyton is a better quarterback, he is a better singer … and a better lover.

During the interview, Mohr gave Eli a “pop...

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Five things to watch as Giants begin OTAs Wednesday

Eli Manning looks on the from the sidelines

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Don’t think the first day of OTAs is important? Let’s go back to last year’s and see what kind of tone the opening of team workouts set for the rest of the season.

We all went into the start of OTAs in 2013 thinking the big story would be the absence of Victor Cruz. Well, it turned out that the real issue was the absence of Hakeem Nicks, who had been working with the team throughout the offseason...

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