Practice report: Cullen sees DE snaps

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants went through their first practice with shoulder pads after using just shells for the first three days.

And we saw some interesting personnel combinations utilized by the Giants. Defensive line coach Robert Nunn told us in the offseason that Cullen Jenkins can be used at defensive end at times and the Giants did just that in practice on Tuesday. Jenkins saw several snaps at defensive end either opposite Justin Tuck or Mathias Kiwanuka. Linval Joseph and Shaun Rogers were inside at defensive tackle when Jenkins was at defensive end.

Cullen Jenkins

Cullen Jenkins

#99 DT
New York Giants

2012 STATS

  • Tot26
  • Solo22
  • Ast4
  • FF1
  • Sack4.0
  • Int0

The look is an interesting one, almost like the defensive tackle-version of the NASCAR package. It provides the Giants with muscle and size to guard against the run with three defensive tackles on the line. But Jenkins can also rush as well and he showed glimpses of that in practice.

The Giants are loaded at defensive tackle and stopping the run is a major priority this season. I like the team looking to see what it can do with their top offseason signing in Jenkins.

Pugh's day: Another interesting personnel combination was Justin Pugh seeing a few snaps in a jumbo package as an extra lineman for blocking with David Diehl at right tackle and James Brewer at right guard. Diehl, Pugh and Brewer are competing for the right tackle spot but Diehl has been the starter and Pugh has seen snaps with the second team at right tackle.

Brewer has been with the first team at right guard in place of Chris Snee, who has been on the PUP list making his way back from hip surgery in the offseason. In this jumbo package, Pugh lined up on the left side next to left tackle Will Beatty. Ultimately, if Diehl wins the right tackle job, Pugh will likely be the team's extra lineman in big packages.

Pugh did have one hiccup later in practice. During a second-team play, Pugh jumped before the snap before watching Adrian Tracy blow by on the right side.

Giant defense: It was a strong day for the defense in practice. Prince Amukamara had a nice day, breaking up two passes, one intended for Hakeem Nicks and another intended for Rueben Randle.

Linebacker Aaron Curry had a good practice, stepping in front of an intended receiver and picking off Curtis Painter over the middle while also stopping a few runs later. Linebacker Kyle Bosworth blew up two running plays in the backfield in the non-tackling practice.

Cornerback Aaron Ross continued a good start to camp with an interception off Eli Manning. Safety Junior Mertile also had his second pick in as many days, this one off Ryan Nassib.

Flashes: Randle followed up his big practice on Monday with another touchdown, this one a bomb from Manning caught between Corey Webster and Prince... Damontre Moore had an impressive spin move on Pugh before Brandon Mosley came over to help... Manning connected on a couple of nice passes to Cruz, including one in which Cruz put a nice stop and cut move to avoid an oncoming Antrel Rolle in the red zone.