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As practice in pads returns, so does football for Giants’ Ben McAdoo

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks to the

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks to the media during training camp on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Credit: Brad Penner

The Giants have practiced three days in training camp. On Tuesday, they finally will get around to some football.

At least that’s the way Ben McAdoo sees it. He’ll put the players in shoulder pads for the first time since, well, the playoff loss to the Packers, and finally get to see what they are really able to do.

“We need to see what it looks like when we’re playing football,” McAdoo said, reserving his evaluations from the first few days. The players were off on Monday.

There will be a lot to analyze, especially at the line of scrimmage. The Giants have been pleased by the work ethic and weight loss of left tackle Ereck Flowers, but they’ve always said they won’t be able to truly see if he has improved until the players start hitting each other. Same goes for Bobby Hart at right tackle.

And the Giants’ audition for a new defensive tackle next to Damon Harrison won’t really start until the hitting does. Robert Thomas has gotten a bulk of the reps, replacing Johnathan Hankins, but Jay Bromley also has been there and the Giants want to see what they have in second-round pick Dalvin Tomlinson.

“When you put the pads on, the intensity goes to a different level,” McAdoo said. “It’s about the fundamental part of the game, and learning how to fit your pads in because you [practice] so much without your pads in the game today.”

Thompson adjusting to new position

Mykkele Thompson was drafted by the Giants as a safety, and the roster still lists that as his position. But since the spring, he’s been converting to cornerback, and in training camp, that’s where he’s been working exclusively.

“It’s a little bit of a transition, but it’s definitely going good,” Thompson said.

Thompson played cornerback his senior year at Texas, so the position is “not completely foreign” to him. There are some adjustments that have to be made, though, including technique, footwork and getting used to lining up close to an opponent. He’s also been doing extra conditioning.

“Playing corner is like a marathon compared to safety,” he said of the running required.

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