Thursday, August 22, 2013
Practice report: Two big plays on D
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The defense made the flashiest plays of the day in the Giants' final practice before they face the Jets on Saturday.
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Safety Stevie Brown had an interception of rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib, and then linebacker Spencer Paysinger picked off Nassib later on. Paysinger's interception was particularly impressive -- he deflected the pass with his right hand initially and then corralled the ball into his arms.
It was the second interception in two days for the third-year man out of Oregon.
Much of Thursday's practice was devoted to walkthrough preparation for the Jets, but here are a couple of other notes:
• Fullback Ben Guidugli, who may be out of a job soon with Henry Hynoski coming off the PUP list, actually made the prettiest catch of the day. Guidugli ran a deep pass route down the right sideline and made an over-the-shoulder catch of a bomb by quarterback David Carr.
Guidugli is an undrafted free agent from Cincinnati who just signed with the Giants last week, after fullback Ryan D'Imperio abruptly decided to retire.
• Quarterback Curtis Painter, who is competing with Carr for the No. 2 quarterback job and will play instead of Carr on Saturday against the Jets, was given the final drive of practice, a two-minute drill featuring backups on both sides. But Painter couldn't steer his unit to the end zone. We'll see if he does better Saturday night.