A couple of injuries today that will need watching as the week progresses. First off, Michael Boley did not practice with a back issue. Spencer Paysinger took the first-team reps in his place (and he looked pretty good, but he’s still a rookie). Then Jason Pierre-Paul had to come out of practice with back tightness. He had similar issues in rookie minicamp last spring and had said at the time that he always experienced back pain early in the season. Good thing Osi is there to pick up the slack! And finally, Darius Reynaud, who was having a strong camp and looked like he might actually make the team, had to come out with a hamstring injury. He spent the rest of the workout on the sideline with a wrap around his leg.
The other guys who did not practice: Clint Sintim (knee, which looked bad as he hobbled around the injury station), Sage Rosenfels (illness), Domenik Hixon (scheduled day off for his knee according to the Giants), Lawrence Tynes (thigh), Woodny Turenne (calf) and Jarrard Tarrant (shoulder). Ramses Barden (ankle) and Adam Koets (knee) remain on PUP.
My speculation is that Tarrant injured his shoulder when Deon Grant tried to rip the 34 jersey off his back. Today in practice Grant was wearing 30 – Cary Harris’ old number before he was waived – but Grant said that soon he’ll be back in his old 34. Someone suggested he might have to pay Tarrant for the number. I say just wait him out. It’s cruel, but it’ll probably be available soon enough.
OK, on to practice. Here are some highlights from the first series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Ahmad Bradshaw made a nice cut up the field on a run to the left on the first snap … Kevin Boothe and Eli Manning had a botched snap … Terrell Thomas was there to make a stop on D.J. Ware on a shotgun draw … Jacobs broke off a run behind Will Beatty’s block on Professor Umenyiora … Michael Coe was there but Carr completed a pass to Devin Thomas … Rocky Bernard would have sacked Carr, but he completed a play action pass to Ballard … Tyler Sash came screaming in on a blitz and would have sacked Carr as well. This time Carr’s pass was incomplete to Reynaud … Carr’s pass went through the hands of Jernigan on the left sideline … Andre Brown picked up a blitz but Marvin Austin was able to put pressure on Carr who rolled to his right and threw a pass to Ballard that was defended well by Alex Hall dropping into coverage … Greg Jones crashed Ware hard on a direct snap run by the running back. Big pop! … Marvin Austin chucked Brant Clouser out of the way on a run by Charles Scott … Duke Calhoun dropped an easy pass from Perrilloux. Those two had the magic touch yesterday but today, the abracadabra was gone … Greg Jones was in position to stop an end around run by Devin Thomas.
Here are some highlights from the second series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Beatty appeared to injure his leg or ankle or foot, getting it caught in the pile, on a Jacobs run to the left. But he stayed in the game and appeared fine after that … Manning completed a pass to Manningham but Umenyiora had pressure on the QB over Beatty … Manning also hit Nicks, thowing into the blitz by Paysinger with the first team … Adrian Tracy made a nice read and stop on a draw run by Ware … Jacquian Williams came off the corner untouched on a blitz, but Carr completed a pass to Michael Clayton … Carr completed a pass to Jernigan with poor coverage by Aaron Ross … Greg Jones banged helmets with Henry Hynoski on a Da’Rel Scott run. After that the rookie linebacker screamed “Let’s ---ing go, man!” to which Deon Grant hollered back “I hear you 53!”
The team worked on kickoff returns today. Last week Tom Quinn said that Matt Dodge was so errant on his kickoffs that it disrupted the focus of his drills, so today he went with the jugs machine to launch kickoffs instead of the human beings. Devin Thomas and Biran Witherspoon were taking reps. At one point Quinn really got all over Paysinger and Mark Herzlich for not being in the right place.
In seven-on-sevens, safeties coach Dave Merritt fell to the ground in disappointment when Terrell Thomas dropped an easy interception over the middle on a pass from Manning to Cruz … Manning tried to hit Cruz deep down the right sideline but he was covered by Webster … Webster had tight coverage on Nicks, but Nicks made the catch on a pass from Manning … Ross again looked out of position on a pass from Manning to Jernigan, and a few snaps later Reynaud caught a pass against him from Carr.
Here are some highlights from the third series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Paysinger was there to make the stop with a thud on Bradshaw’s first run … Antrel Rolle was in position to make a stop on a Ware run … Cruz nearly made a great catch over the middle but couldn’t get his fingers under a low pass from Manning … Jernigan was wide open deep down the right sideline with Terrell Thomas late in falling back but Eli Manning overthrew him … Jernigan caught a pass from Carr and got hit from behind and knocked down by Sash … Andre Brown took a direct snap and turned it upfield.
Practice ended with some red zone plays from about the 16 yards line. Manning completed a pass to Cruz but Tuck and Umenyiora were closing in fast and might have gotten to the QB for a sack … Beckum caught a pass from Manning … Calhoun dropped a pass from Carr, but caught one on the next play … The final snap was a pass from Manning to Cruz that was tipped in the air by the receiver and intercepted by Corey Webster. Yes, we’ve seen that kind of thing before.