5 things we learned at practice (8/24)

Posted Aug 24, 2014's Dan Salomone reviews Sunday's Giants practice

1. Weston Richburg remained at left guard; Brandon Mosley did not practice.
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With Geoff Schwartz (dislocated toe) sidelined, rookie second-round draft choice Weston Richburg assumed first-team duties at left guard, where he took over on Friday night against the Jets following the injury. Meanwhile, Brandon Mosley, who had been playing right guard, did not practice because of a tight back, leaving John Jerry to step up in his place during Sunday’s practice.


2. Ryan Nassib and Andre Williams took some first-team reps in preparation for the preseason finale.
The Giants have entered their final week of the preseason as they take on the New England Patriots in Thursday’s finale at MetLife Stadium. Starters don’t usually go long in this game, which means more time for Nassib, who took some reps with the first team today at quarterback and looked sharp. Meanwhile, rookie running back Andre Williams also saw action with the ones today. The fourth-round draft choice and 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist out of Boston College rushed 11 times for 49 yards, including a one-yard touchdown this past Friday against the Jets.

3. Eli Manning and Rueben Randle clicked.
Coming off the first-team offense’s best game of the preseason -- in which Manning threw his first touchdown of the year (to Randle) -- the quarterback and wide receiver connected a few times in practice today. The best play was a double move by Randle to get open, and Manning found him for a touchdown deep down the right sideline.


4. Peyton Hillis returned.
The seventh-year running back has missed the last three preseason games since injuring his ankle/foot but returned to practice on Sunday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Meanwhile, Jon Beason (foot) continued to rehab off to the side today with trainers, working on his change of direction and pass coverage mechanics. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and cornerback Prince Amukumara (groin) also worked to the side while Trindon Holliday fielded punts but did not participate in team drills.

5. Ross Weaver hit a walk-off for the defense.
The cornerback, who went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2010 and spent time on the Giants’ practice squad last season, ended Sunday’s practice with an interception, picking off Curtis Painter’s pass intended for Corey Washington during the two-minute drill. Overall, Painter had a good practice, hitting wide receivers Julian Talley and Preston Parker for long touchdowns throughout the afternoon.