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Defensive tackle Jay Bromley comes off PUP list, returns to practice

New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley looks

New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley looks on during the first day of Giants voluntary minicamp on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

For two weeks Jay Bromley watched his teammates work to get better. Now he wants to join the process.

The third-year defensive tackle was taken off PUP and participated in practice on Sunday, seeing his first on-field action of the summer. Although he has some making up to do in terms of reps and stamina, he said he’s up for the challenge.

“I don’t mind starting in the back and having to work my way back to the front,” Bromley said after his first workout in which he worked with the second and third teams. “It makes it that much more joyful for me when I get there. I know it’s going to take a lot of hard work and effort getting my wind back and technique back and my pads right, all those nuances of the game that we don’t even think about.”

Bromley has offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle after he developed pain in the area during OTAs. He said he felt great in his limited number of reps on Sunday and was looking forward to Monday’s practice in full pads to push himself some more. He also said he’s down about 15 pounds from the weight he played at his first two years, saying he feels more comfortable and more athletic at around 300 pounds.

The Giants could certainly use Bromley to be a backup defensive linemen behind starters Johnathan Hankins and Damon Harrison, but Bromley isn’t looking at his role that way.

“I’m not working to be second string,” he said. “If I’m not working to be the best DT on this team, why should I be here? Watching Snacks and watching Hank . . . I want to out-do them. If I’m not taking that into consideration and working towards being better than them every single day, then I’m not helping this team or organization.”

Giant steps

How good was the Giants’ starting defensive front on Friday? “I’ll tell you one thing, it got kind of boring back there,” safety Landon Collins said of the lack of action. “But that’s a good thing because when you have a line like that, your job’s easy. All you really do is look for the pass and let them try to make plays” . . . G Adam Gettis was demoted to the third team after a disappointing performance with the second unit on Friday. “He had a rough night,” McAdoo said. “He needs to bounce back this week . . . Adam is going to have to fight his way back into the mix” . . . LB Keenan Robinson practiced for the first time since injuring his groin last week . . . After holding Eli Manning out of Friday’s preseason opener, McAdoo would not commit to playing the starting quarterback on Saturday against the Bills. “We’ll see,” he said.

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