Practice report: Myers is 'The Finisher'

August, 4, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brandon Myers delivered his biggest play yet in camp to the delight of his teammates on offense.

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AP Photo/Seth WenigEli Manning delivered a 50-yard pass to end Sunday's practice.
On the first play of the Giants' two-minute drill to end practice, Myers slipped behind the defense, took advantage of blown coverage and caught a perfect touch pass from Eli Manning down the seam for an over 50-yard gain. With the goal of the drill being for the offense to get into field goal range, the Giants ended practice since Myers was well into field goal range and heading toward the goal line when safety Stevie Brown caught him.

While the offense was delighted as offensive players cheered on Myers after the catch, Tom Coughlin was less than thrilled with his defense to give up a monster gain on the first play.

"Yeah, well that’s not supposed to," Coughlin said about the drill lasting one play. "I’m trying to do the drill and get all we can out of it."

Coughlin liked what he saw out of Myers, who was signed in free agency to replace Martellus Bennett.

"Nice adjustment," he said of Myers' catch. "He threw it obviously where the defender wasn’t ... I thought it was a radical adjustment because of the wind and he made the catch there. Better yet though, he reacted the way he should react as he read the coverage."

Getting defensive: The Giants had some interesting personnel combos on the field on Sunday. With the team working on a lot of third-down situations, Perry Fewell tinkered with his defense.

At times, we saw one defensive end like Justin Tuck standing up while two defensive tackles and another defensive end lined up with their hands in the dirt. With other units, defensive ends like Adrian Tracy or Justin Trattou were standing up on some plays as well. I always like when Fewell gets creative. The formation almost looked like a hybrid 4-3/3-4 look. As NFC East blogger Dan Graziano pointed out recently, the Giants may tinker with some 3-4 looks this season.

In several nickel packages, LB Jacquian Williams saw numerous snaps, some with Spencer Paysinger. In other packages, Fewell took a look at Mark Herzlich and Keith Rivers together.

On the play that Manning hooked up with Myers for the big gain to end practice, the Giants had Tracy and Kiwanuka on the ends and Tuck and Cullen Jenkins inside on the front line with Dan Connor and Williams at linebacker.

It was hard to keep track of all the shuffling of personnel with the first, second and third teams.

"There were a lot of adjustments according to the personnel that is going on the field with third down," Coughlin said.

The 411: The Giants worked on several running plays as well today, including one in which Andre Brown took a direct snap... Prince Amukamara had a nice day with a breakup on a pass and an interception off Manning for a pick-six in 7-on-7s... Manning was later nearly picked by Antrel Rolle in the same 7's... Williams collided with Laron Scott, the scout team returner, on a special teams kickoff return rep and would've blasted Scott if it tackling were allowed... James Brewer, who got some reps with the first team at right tackle, held his own in protection on Mathias Kiwanuka on one rush... Tuck and the defense got good pressure on the quarterback on a few snaps. Tracy also would have had a sack on David Carr on one play... OL Selvish Capers had a terrific block on Rivers on one play.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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