W2W4: Giants return to practice field

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Back from their trip to Canton and fresh off their exhibition victory in the Hall of Fame Game, the New York Giants return to the practice field Tuesday. This week's schedule is different from what they've done so far in camp, as practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will run from 5:40 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. instead of early afternoons.

Please note that Tuesday's practice is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This is because, as I understand it, the musical group One Direction is having a concert at MetLife Stadium on Tuesday night. Thursday's practice is also not open to the public because the Jets are having a preseason game at MetLife that night. If you want to see one of these evening practices, Wednesday's is your only chance to show up and watch.

However, I will be there all three days, watching for those of you who cannot. Here are a couple of things I'll have my eye on:

  • The health status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., left tackle Will Beatty and tight end Daniel Fells. Beckham hasn't practiced since July 22 due to a hamstring injury and is missing valuable reps in his first NFL training camp. The Giants won't put him on the field until they're sure he's not at risk for further injury. But it's possible he could get clearance this week. Beatty has been working his way back from a broken leg but missed some practice time due to illness last week. Fells hurt his knee in Sunday night's game.

  • The running game. With David Wilson now out for good, the Giants may try to accelerate the development of rookie running back Andre Williams to see whether he can be a viable second option behind Rashad Jennings. If he can't, Peyton Hillis is the most likely guy to get the non-Jennings reps with the first team, though you wonder if they'll take a longer look at someone like Michael Cox or Kendall Gaskins as well. Williams showed a lot Sunday night but still has to prove he can contribute in the passing game as a receiver and a blocker before the Giants can trust him with significant reps.

  • The defensive line rotation. With Mike Patterson hurt, can Johnathan Hankins show enough to steal his starting spot? With Robert Ayers hurt, does Damontre Moore step up and show he deserves a larger role this year? Lots still to be sorted out on the defensive line.