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Practice report: Aug. 15

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora practices

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora practices with the team for the first time during training camp. (Aug. 15, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Just because Osi wasn’t on them doesn’t mean the bikes weren’t busy today!

In fact, there were a few new additions to the spinning class including Lawrence Tynes (thigh) and Dave Tollefson (back). Also not practicing were Sage Rosenfels (illness), Jarrard Tarrant (shoulder), Woodny Turenne (calf) and Joe Burnett (hamstring). Prince Amukamara (foot) was obviously not there and Sam Giguere (groin) was seen getting into his car during practice but Tom Coughlin said he was just going to do “get some medical stuff.” Whether that means heading for tests or stopping at the CVS for some throat lozenges for Rosenfels was unclear.

Returning to practice were Brian Jackson, Travis Beckum and Clint Sintim.

Early on in practice, Adam Koets and Ramses Barden, both on PUP, were doing some running on an outside field. Koets was getting down into a blocking stance and Barden was making some cuts although it did not appear he was doing so at full speed.

“Just normal running to kind of see where he’s at,” Coughlin said of Barden’s progress, or lack of it. “Nothing new that I know of.”

It wasn’t raining during practice, but because of the soggy fields the Giants moved practice inside their field house. I’ve got to think that every time it rains and the team has to move inside, Coughlin takes another step towards the side of having camp at the Timex Performance Center every year. He hates when it rains in Albany and the only place to work is on the basketball courts in the arena.

Umenyiora was warmly received on the field, as you would imagine he would be. He finished second to Tyler Sash in the defensive game of pepper sometimes played early in practice – a football version of hot potato – and was sprinting teammates coming off the ball. He also lined up with the first unit at right defensive end.

In fact, the first 11-on-11 snap of the day was an Ahmad Bradshaw run right at him. Why not, right?

Here are some other highlights from the first series of 11-on-11 snaps:

Manning hit Bear Pascoe on a pass from the fullback position. Coughlin said that Pascoe is currently considered the first-string fullback and backup tight end behind Ballard … Manningham caught a pass from Manning over the middle and Kenny Phillips came up to put a love tap on him. Phillips looked like he slipped a little and went off to change his sneakers … Carr’s first pass to Hixon was incomplete and seemed to be a miscommunication on a blitz read because Carr threw a quick slant and Hixon wasn’t looking … Hixon caught a pass two snaps later from Carr with Ross covering him … Victor Cruz held his block on the outside well to allow for a D.J. Ware run to the left.

In 9-on-7 drills, which are basically running plays without receivers and cornerbacks, there were only a few things to note. After two plays, Umenyiora stepped out and Pierre-Paul came in … Sahs was with the starting group as Phillips was still in the process of lacing up his new sneaks … Chris Snee slipped on the first run and was under the pile … Linval Joseph was in position to stuff Jacobs … Herzlich and Ibraham Abdulai combined to tackle Da’Rel Scott.

Here are some highlights from the second series of 11-on-11 snaps:

Manning dumped a pass off to Ware with Phillips blitzing … Kiwanuka blitzed and David Baas slipped on a Jacobs run … Phillips looked to have a great angle on Bradshaw on a run to the right … Greg Jones filled the hole nicely on an Andre Brown run … Perrilloux his Duke Calhoun on a deep pass down the left sideline … Cary Harris broke up a pass from Perrilloux to Michael Clayton.

In punt coverage drills, the Giants had Domenik Hixon as their first returner. That’s something he hadn’t been doing much of in practices or in the game Saturday so as not to put too much on his plate with the knee. Reynaud and Jernigan also got reps returning punts. After that, each of the punters attempted two extra points. Weatherford made both of his with Dodge holding for him, but Dodge was 1-for-2 with Weatherford holding for him. The second of Dodge’s kicks was yanked far to the left. If he’s smart, he’ll blame it on the hold.

In 7-on-7s Jake Ballard made two nice grabs down the middle, beating coverage by Jon Goff on the first one and Phillip Dillard on the second one … Nicks made a nice catch on a high pass from Manning … Terrell Thomas nearly intercepted a pass from Manning but the pass was tipped to Hixon, who wound up dropping it … Jacquian Williams was in position to make a stop on a short pass to Andre Brown … Carr threw a pass to Calhoun on the right sideline that we ruled incomplete because Calhoun appeared to be juggling the ball just a bit as he went out of bounds … Perrilloux xompleted his second long bomb of the day, this time down the right sideline as Calhoun out-jumped Darnell Burks for the ball.

Here are some highlights from the third series of 11-on-11 snaps:

Spencer Paysinger broke up a pass from Carr to Andre Brown, a fade on the left side … Perrilloux hit Travis Beckum with a soft pass over Harris … Herzlich was in position to stop a Charles Scott run … Manning hit Beckum but Kenny Phillips was there and probably would have made a hit in a game … Michael Coe kept his position and was there for an end-around from Cruz … Hynoski and Dillard produced a big thud, the best hit of the day, at the point of attack on an Andre Brown run.

The practice ended with goal line situations. Manning’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Michael Boley. It was intended for Beckum … Carr missed a fade on the right side for Devin Thomas … Andre Brown had a run behind a good hit between Paysinger and Pascoe … Carr hit Hixon for a touchdown with Burks covering … Canty was there to stop a draw handoff to Ware … Manning’s pass to Nicks in the left side of the end zone was an ugly wobbler that went high and incomplete for the final snap of practice.


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