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Sideline View: Practice observations (8/18)

This post was originally published on this site brings you Training Camp notes and observations straight from the sidelines:

The New York Giants were back on the fields today at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

They held their final full practice before Monday night’s preseason game in Cleveland. That will kick off an 11-day stretch that includes three outings as they tune up for the 2017 regular season.

Here is what we learned today at practice:

•   Today was the 23rd day of summer camp for the Giants, and if you couple that with a muggy day in East Rutherford, there were bound to be some heavy legs. “I asked a couple guys during practice, and I think they were, which is about normal for this time at training camp,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “If we can get over the hump and get those legs back, we’ll be okay.”


•   The dog days haven’t gotten to cornerback Donte Deayon, who made a nice play on the ball and redirected a pass that safety Andrew Adams intercepted. That follows up an interception yesterday from Michael Hunter, who is part of a stiff competition for cornerback depth. “Double D is doing a heck of a job, made another big play today,” Spagnuolo said. “Look, there has been some great battles. What I like about that group of corners, they love to compete. And you can’t play that position in this league if you don’t embrace competitiveness.”

•   Because of injuries, there are some moving pieces in the linebacker corps right now. J.T. Thomas was on the physically unable to perform list for most of the summer until recently being activated as he comes off a torn ACL. Meanwhile, Keenan Robinson missed an extended period of time while in the concussion protocol, and Mark Herzlich has been out with a stinger. That has led to more reps for guys like Calvin Munson and Curtis Grant. “I think both of those guys are doing a really good job,” Spagnuolo said. “I’ll tell you this about Calvin: really impressed with the command that he has in the huddle for a rookie free agent just walking in there. … Curtis is doing a lot for us. He’s played all three positions, plays the MIKE, the SAM, and the WILL, he was out there in the sub defense. So from his standpoint, he’s learning a lot but he’s embracing it. He knows, in

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