CB Corey Webster is dealing with a gluteus issue and worked a little bit in the lone practice of the day. Head coach Tom Coughlin didn’t sound too concerned about his top cornerback.
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G Rich Seubert (hand) will return to practice soon according to the head coach. The guard broke a bone in his left hand but will have it protected in order to practice.
Coughlin said he did not think Seubert will be available to play next Monday against the Jets.
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S Kenny Phillips practiced for the second straight day and went through limited snaps, two at a time.
Phillips took it easy as the team eases him back in. On one deep pass to the opposite side of the field, Phillips didn’t run as hard as he likely can.
On another deep pass, Phillips was in position to deliver a potential hit on a pass to WR Tim Brown.
“I think he is definitely trying to have a sense for what he can and can’t do and where he is and how he is going to be able to concentrate on the football part of it and forget about everything else,” Coughlin said. “That is where he is.”
The most important part is Phillips has gotten through two practices without any issues.
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RB Andre Brown continues to show his ability to catch balls out of the backfield. He beat MLB Keith Bulluck on a short pass over the middle. Bulluck is still making his way back from ACL surgery just over seven months ago.
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Coughlin had to make the most out of practicing without the majority of his tight ends.
The Giants were down to one healthy tight end –- Bear Pascoe (who, by the way, has shown nice receiving skills throughout camp). Tight ends Kevin Boss (hamstring/ankle), Travis Beckum (hamstring), Scott Chandler (hip flexor) and Jake Ballard (hamstring) were all watching practice.
So Coughlin had to use OL Herb Taylor as a second tight end. Taylor actually had to run a deep route and a pass his way fell predictably incomplete.
“Very difficult,” Coughlin said. “I thought Bear Pascoe and Herb Taylor did an outstanding job of allowing our team to practice. Those adjustments were from this morning. When I picked up the medical, four tight ends were out.”
Coughlin said only having one tight end prevented the team from really working on short-yardage snaps.
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WR Ramses Barden put together his second straight solid practice. On Monday night, he made crowd-pleasing catches.
No one-handed leaping receptions on Tuesday but Barden did what he had to and caught a pretty deep pass from Eli Manning, who also had a good practice.
“He has had a couple of good days in a row,” Coughlin said of Barden. “The consistency thing has been a challenge. Last night and this morning, this afternoon has been good so let’s hope he keeps it up.”
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WR Victor Cruz has shown an ability to get open but he had an up and down practice. He had a couple of drops to go with one nice catch from Manning.
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WR Brown also had a similar practice, making a nice catch only to drop a makeable catch.
Brown made up for his drop with a nice punt return that drew applause from the fans. CB Aaron Ross then returned a punt with some nice cuts for a touchdown as well –- of course the punt returns were non-contact returns.