Sunday, July 29, 2012
Practice report: Coughlin likes what he sees
By Ohm Youngmisuk
ALBANY, N.Y. –- Tom Coughlin liked what he saw in the Giants’ third practice of camp.
It was hot and the sun came out and some wide receivers and linebackers showed that this team has depth. Here are some highlights from Day Three’s practice:
The backup wide receivers caught a lot of balls today. Isaiah Stanback caught several passes and really the only negative part of his day was one drop.
Fellow backup David Douglas also showed sure hands and caught several passes, including a touchdown in the back of the end zone on Brandon Bing.
Stanback spent some time on the practice squad last year. Dan DePalma, another practice squad receiver from last year, also had a few catches over the middle. Douglas, an undrafted rookie, is athletic and has some nice hands. Playing special teams and blocking will be key for the backup receivers.
• Jerrel Jernigan continued to flash his speed and elusive ability with a few catches. He looks more sure of himself and more comfortable with the offense. That’s natural after having an offseason of training and coaching. Last year, the lockout prevented him from learning as much as he could.
• Rueben Randle continued to look sure-handed across the middle. He has good body control when doing the intermediate routes. The second-round pick, though, did not finish practice as he took off his jersey and watched. Coughlin said the rookie got fatigued.
Spencer Paysinger worked with the first team at outside linebacker in Boley’s place, presumably so the Giants can see what Paysinger can do. They already know what Jacquian Williams is capable of. Williams is ahead of Paysinger on the depth chart at OLB.
On the second team, Greg Jones moved up and played OLB and he was all over the field. He drew some praise from defensive coordinator Perry Fewell for covering a tight end well on a checkdown pass to a running back and Jones also blew up a short pass attempt to DePalma. On another play he showed good closing speed as he chased David Carr out of bounds from the middle of the field.
“He has practiced well for a couple of days ever since camp has opened,” Coughlin said. “He runs well and appears to be around the ball. He can play inside and play outside.”
Jones has been used pretty much at OLB. The Giants also used Mark Herzlich at OLB with the third team. Herzlich still is the second-string MLB but they also had him do outside work to show his versatility with third team due to the lack of bodies.
• Safety Tyler Sash made a nice diving interception on an errant pass by David Carr. Cornerback Corey Webster also deflected a deep pass down the right sideline for Victor Cruz to himself for an interception.
• Ahmad Bradshaw said he is feeling great and he certainly looked like it on one run on the left side where he showed good burst through the line for a long run.
• David Wilson highlight of the day: The rookie stopped and came to a complete halt while also bending backward to make safety Stevie Brown miss him. To be fair to Brown, the play was likely over as Wilson kept running after likely being tackled already in the non-contact drill. And Brown probably started to slow down and hold back. Still, Wilson continues to show flashes of how sudden his cuts and stops can be.
• Tight end Martellus Bennett made a few plays, including catching a high and hard ball in traffic for a touchdown from Eli Manning in red zone drills. Bennett showed his size and hands there.
• Defensive end Justin Tuck had a nice practice, blowing up a running play in the backfield and batting down a screen pass later. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers used his big body to stuff another run play.
• Giants will go to a contact practice on Monday. That should give us a better idea of where the running game is at.