Five things we learned at minicamp (6/18)

Posted Jun 18, 2014 highlights five things we learned at Wednesday's practice

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1. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants’ first-round draft choice, participated in team portions of practice for the first time since straining his hamstring during organized team activities (OTAs).

The rookie still wasn’t operating at full capacity but made a good move in the red zone and caught a touchdown from Ryan Nassib.

2. Offseason acquisition Zack Bowman intercepted Eli Manning early in team drills today.

The veteran cornerback, who signed with the Giants after playing in Chicago the last six seasons, jumped in front of the pass intended for wide receiver Preston Parker and took it the other way.

Bowman almost made it two for the day later on but couldn’t quite hang onto a ball thrown by Nassib.
3. Whether it was because after tomorrow they won’t have the team on the field again until training camp or just because of the heat in East Rutherford, the coaches were all over the players on offense today to get things right.

From lining up more quickly to knowing assignments, there was plenty of barking before minicamp concludes tomorrow.

4. On a gusty day at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, the core of the field goal outfit (long snapper, holder, and kicker) worked with the wind off to the side before Brandon McManus took some live reps with the team.

The kicker, who signed with the Giants back in January, spent time with the Colts last year as an undrafted rookie but was released before the regular season. McManus, who holds most of the kicking records at Temple University, has taken his share of field goal reps but most go to the incumbent Josh Brown.

5. Wide receiver Mario Manningham, who returned to the Giants this offseason after two injury-plagued years in San Francisco, hasn’t returned to the field to practice yet but was working with trainers today and running on the sidelines.

After practice, coach Tom Coughlin said Manningham will hopefully be ready for next month’s training camp.