5 things we learned at practice (8/25)

Posted Aug 25, 2014's Dan Salomone highlights five takeaways from Monday's practice

1. Players make late pushes before rosters are trimmed.
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As NFL clubs get set to reduce their rosters to 75 tomorrow and the final 53 on Saturday, it’s crunch time for players who are lower on the depth chart. And while preseason games are the best opportunities to make their cases, Monday’s practice saw good efforts by players like tight end Larry Donnell and wide receivers Julian Talley, Preston Parker, and Travis Harvey, who all had catches today at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.  “You never get too confident,” Donnell said. “You just hope that the work you’ve been putting in has brought you to a place where you can stick around and help this team.” More on the tight end competition below.


2. Quarterbacks looked sharp for the most part.
Aside from one interception apiece during 7-on-7 drills, quarterbacks Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter, who worked off cards for parts of practice in preparation for the preseason finale against the New England Patriots, were on point today. Nassib had a few nice hookups with Talley, as did Painter, who also found Harvey on a deep ball. Meanwhile, Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle a few times, as starters are expected to play around 15-18 snaps on Thursday night.


3. Tight ends rotated through with the first team.
Through two dozen practices this summer, a clear-cut starting tight end has not emerged as the NFL kicks off the regular season next week. And there might not have to be. The group of tight ends continued to rotate through with the first team again on Monday. Coach Tom Coughlin said after practice that he thinks there will be multiple guys that will play and contribute in different situations and matchups this season.

4. John Jerry played right guard.
Brandon Mosley, who had been playing mostly right guard with the first team this summer, left before Sunday’s practice with a tight back, which kept him out again today. And like yesterday, Jerry filled in for him. “He can go a good half, maybe more,” Coughlin said about Jerry’s workload. “This was a nice day to be out here working. He seemed to do okay today.”

5. Zack Bowman grabbed another interception; so did Jayron Hosley.
Both cornerbacks took advantage of a couple high throws today in practice and came down with interceptions. Meanwhile, safety Stevie Brown, who is always in the right place at the right time, owed 10 pushups after letting a possible third interception slip through his hands during the final two-minute drill.