There was more than just pride at stake Thursday when the Giants took part in their first live short-yardage drills of training camp. Before the reps, coach Ben McAdoo told the players that the losing side would have to carry in the equipment of the winning group after practice.
“You don’t have to tell me twice,” guard Justin Pugh said.
Apparently not. The offense won by converting seven of the nine third-and-1 reps. Running back Andre Williams had two of the successful runs. Olivier Vernon made the only defensive stop, bringing down Rashad Jennings. The other offensive failure was on a botched snap with the third team.
Sour taste for Casillas
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas is listed as No. 52 on the roster, but it’s another number that he wears that bugs him. “It’s tough to swallow when you wear that number on your back. No. 32, that’s tough,” he said of the Giants’ defensive ranking in 2015, which was last in the NFL. “We’re all grown men, responsible and hungry human beings, and we want to do better, and we will do better.” He believes the defense let down former coach Tom Coughlin and led to the offseason coaching change.
Odell Beckham Jr. remains close to returning to practice but has yet to cross the threshold. The star receiver spent a third day running with trainers on the side. Beckham has not practiced since he was cleated above his left ankle and suffered several cuts on Sunday . . . Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said that if rookie cornerback Eli Apple continues to grab and hold receivers — which his coaches believe he is eliminating — he might wrap up the first-round pick’s hands for practices. “You can’t grab if you play with your fists,” Spagnuolo said. “I haven’t done that to him yet, but that would be the next thing” . . . Friday’s practice, which is open to the public, will be a one-hour workout. The start time has been changed to 11:40 a.m. . . . Tight end Matt LaCosse (knee) did not practice.