This wasn't the full-pads practice we were promised. Instead the Giants were in shoulder pads and, mostly, in shorts. But there was still a little more hitting than usual. And thankfully, nobody got hurt.
So what did happen at practice? Earlier, I gave you three things to watch. Well, I watched, and here's what I learned.
1.So just how is Beckham anyway? It's hard to say. Ben McAdoo said he was "a little tender" and his lower leg was a bit swollen so he was mostly held out of practice. But he was out in full pads and working on the side with trainers, which would seem like an encouraging sign. When he ran, he looked fine. But he wasn't running full speed and he wasn't running against anyone. Clearly, given his value, the Giants are going to be incredibly cautious with him. All indications are that this is nothing serious, that he was simply "cleated" and has cuts on his lower leg that didn't even require stitches. But it's safe to say nobody associated with the Giants will breath completely easy until their top receiver is back on the field.
2.What will Victor Cruz do and how will he look? He did a lot and he looked fine. Not great. Not terrible. And he didn't do everything. He was in all the individual drills and he was in some, but not all, of the team drills mostly running as the slot receiver. The fact that he was held out of anything is probably more an indication that the Giants are proceeding slowly. One thing, though: It's pretty clear Cruz isn't running full speed. Maybe that's by design, but he has looked tentative at times, sometimes unable (or unwilling) to make a quick cut or to catch up to a pass. Until he really opens up, it's going to be hard to tell exactly how he's progressing. And until he survives the summer without a setback, it's going to be impossible to know his status at all.
3.How does the defensive line look? The line got a huge boost in the morning when DT Damon Harrison was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and took part in practice. He didn't do everything, but he did a lot considering he missed the first three days of camp with swelling in his knee. Since this wasn't a full-pad, full-contact, full-tackle practice it was a little harder to tell how the defensive line is doing than was expected. One thing that's obvious: The interior with Harrison and Johnathan Hankins together is huge, and is way more impressive than when undrafted free agent Greg Milhouse is playing in Harrison's spot.