The New York Giants practiced in full pads for more than two hours Tuesday.
Quarterback Josh Johnson had a slightly better day than Geno Smith in the battle to be Eli Manning’s backup. He threw a touchdown in the red zone and a nice deep ball for a completion.
Placekicker Mike Nugent, signed a week ago, nailed all four of his field goals including a 44-yarder as he competes with the unproven Aldrick Rosas. Head coach Ben McAdoo said Rosas “hasn’t flinched” when asked about the placekicker competition.
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Rookie tight end Evan Engram continues to impress, making several catches.
Wide receiver Darius Powe was matched up with cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the red zone. Powe beat Jenkins once but the catch was ruled out of bounds. Jenkins beat Powe but was also ruled out of bounds on a potential interception.
Rookie defensive end Avery Moss left practice early with what McAdoo described as a shoulder injury. This was after Moss beat embattled offensive lineman Ereck Flowers around the edge on a pass rush. Flowers did have a good practice, in spite of getting beat by Moss.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard was in full pads and did some drill work early in practice. He didn’t take part in any of the team drills.
Rookie defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson had one of his best practices so far. He was especially effective on goal plays, getting into the backfield more than a few times.
“He’s strong, very strong,” center Weston Richburg said of Tomlinson. “I think he’ll be good inside for us and be disruptive because he’s a smart guy, he’s pretty sharp. So, I’m excited to see him and how he plays.”
Several Giants players did not practice Tuesday: linebacker Mark Herzlich (stinger), wide receiver Tavarres King (ankle), cornerback Mykkele Thompson (quad), defensive back Ryan Murphy (unknown), linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion), wide receiver Kevin Snead (hamstring), and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (soreness).
Linebacker J.T. Thomas (knee) and running back Shaun Draughn (ankle) remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The Giants will practice again Wednesday at 10:55 am which will be open to the public. They will be off on Thursday before their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday night.