Practice report: What's the 411?

The Giants wrapped up what could be one of their last night practices of camp –- the team has decided to go to a 2-4 p.m. schedule for Wednesday and Thursday and may stay with that schedule –- and here’s some of the things that went on today. Oh, and the Giants are off on Tuesday (fans can call 201-935-8111, extension 9385 to learn about practices info).

WR Steve Smith was in town for a visit with the Giants and to get his surgically-repaired knee checked out. Smith remains unsigned and wants to return. The Giants also want their receiver back but at the right price. We’ll have to see what came out of the meeting and how his knee is. It remains to be seen whether or not Smith will be ready for the start of the season after he underwent microfracture surgery.

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After staying inside to get treatment on his knee on Sunday night, Osi Umenyiora was back on the field watching practice on the sideline. Umenyiora and the Giants have exchanged proposals in hopes of finding a happy medium.

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OT James Brewer suffered a lower right leg injury and had to leave the field sitting in a cart with his leg elevated. Brewer is the team’s fourth-round pick and is considered a project the team wants to groom. The team will likely update the injury soon.

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QB Eli Manning had a bit of a rough practice. During the portion of practice that we watched -- a few of us had to camp out in front of the facility in case Smith came out but Smith apparently left before –- Manning threw a couple of INTs.

Facing a ton of pressure and with LB Michael Boley coming at him, Manning lofted up a ball to the left sideline only to see CB Terrell Thomas chase it down for an interception. S Antrel Rolle later stepped in front of pass for TE Bear Pascoe and picked off a Manning pass.

The defense was jawing it up a lot tonight as Thomas and Tuck talked trash to the offense. Practice was physical at times at the line of scrimmage even though contact was very limited.

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I’m trying not to make any comparisons but I have to say I do like watching Henry Hynoski at fullback. It’s not quite like watching “The Terminator” John Conner blast people for the Jets on last year’s Hard Knocks but Hynoski threw a couple of nice blocks on Boley and rookie LB Mark Herzlich.

Hynoski should allow Pascoe to play more tight end and help blocking there with the loss of Boss.

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And speaking of rookies, S Tyler Sash looks like he’s in position to make a nice hit more often than not. Can’t wait to see this kid hit in a game.

Rookie LB Greg Jones also looks like he’s eager to hit a few people. He wrapped up RB Da’Rel Scott and wouldn’t let him go for a few seconds tonight.

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WR Duke Calhoun had a nice practice, making several catches. His best catch of the night was a juggling reception deep down the left sideline but it was negated after the officials on hand called him for offensive pass interference.

WR Darius Reynaud continues to show improvement in camp. He had a nice catch for a touchdown in red-zone drills and has made a few impressive catches in camp so far.

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Starting LT Will Beatty had a nice practice and was physical as he was seen picking up defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson nicely on a couple of snaps. Beatty certainly will have his work cut out for him daily going up against JPP and Umenyiora, if or when Osi comes back to practice.

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WR Michael Clayton switched jerseys from #17 to #83. Backup QB Ryan Perrilloux has taken Plaxico Burress' old number and now wears #17 instead of #5.


C Adam Koets (PUP), WR Ramses Barden (PUP), S Brian Jackson (back), DT Marvin Austin (hip flexor strain), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), WR Devin Thomas (finger), OL Jim Cordle (knee), LB Spencer Paysinger (groin), CB Joe Burnett (hamstring) and WR Sam Giguere (groin) sat out practice. WR Domenik Hixon also sat out practice. His routine is to take every other practice off to rest his surgically-repaired knee.