Which players stood out at practice? (8/14)

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Which players made the biggest impact at Giants practice on Thursday?

WR Victor Cruz
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After Cruz sat out Monday’s practice to rest a sore knee, the fifth-year receiver strung together three quality outings in the final week of training camp as he continues to compete against slot cornerback Walter Thurmond III on a daily basis.

Cruz again showed his trademark explosion today and hauled in a few passes, which he has yet to do in the first two preseason games. Maybe the third one’s the charm this Saturday night in Indianapolis. Asked if he would like to catch a pass there, Cruz joked, “That would be fun.” Coach Tom Coughlin said the same. “Think so?” Coughlin said. “That wouldn’t be a bad idea, would it? Heck, I am rooting for him right out here.”


CB Zack Bowman
Unfortunately for the Giants, Bowman, who played the last six years with the Chicago Bears, notched an interception for his former team last year against Big Blue in Week 6. The same thing happened today. The good news now is that Bowman is wearing a blue jersey.

“I think we have guys in place that can go,” safety Antrel Rolle said this week. “If we want to run three safeties, we can play three safeties. If we need to play a nickel corner or dime, we have the guys to do so. Trumaine McBride, you have Zack Bowman, you have Charles James, all those guys are willing to step up and we don’t expect any letdown once those guys are in the game because they’re phenomenal corners.”

Kicker Brandon McManus
With each day of training camp, McManus tightens the kicking competition for the Giants’ decision-makers, which is exactly what they had in mind when they signed the Temple product this offseason. McManus again showed his range and made all of his field goal attempts today at practice.

In two preseason games, McManus has made both attempts from 46 and 47 yards in addition to making his lone extra point try. Meanwhile, Josh Brown, the incumbent competitor, made his one attempt from 45 yards and all three extra points. “You guys have seen it every day,” special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said last week. “They’re both competing and have really strong legs. They both have pretty good accuracy at this point. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”