Ben McAdoo survived his first three days of training camp without any major disasters - although the injury to Odell Beckham certainly gave him quite a scare. It turns out Beckham was only "cleated" during his collision with Janoris Jenkins on Sunday. Jenkins, the Giants' $62.5 million cornerback, was apparently OK, too.
So now that everyone in the Giants organization is breathing a sigh of relief, what's next for McAdoo? He opens his first full week of training camp on Tuesday morning with the first full-pads practice of his tenure. Here are three things to watch throughout the day:
1. So just how is Beckham anyway? He said "I've been worse, so I'll be all right." McAdoo said he just has "a cut or two" and he's "probably going to be sore here for a couple of days." And GM Jerry Reese said he didn't think Beckham would miss a practice. So no worries and nothing to see here, right? Well, those were the initial encouraging words, and maybe they're true. But the true test will be what comes next for Beckham. Will he actually be out on the field for the Giants on Tuesday morning? Will he fully participate in their full-pads practice? Or will he need a few more days, either out of necessity or out of caution? Actions are always more important than words, so it'll be interesting to see what happens next with the Giants' second-most important player.
2.What will Victor Cruz do and how will he look? Cruz looked terrific on Day 1 and 2, but on Day 3 the Giants "dialed back his load," as McAdoo said. It was all part of the plan as Cruz works his way back from both a calf injury (last year) and a knee injury (the year before). So far everything is going well, but will the Giants really test him in pads, where even if hitting is restricted there's always a chance for much more contact than usual? And how will Cruz respond to running routes against a defender, actively trying to get open, rather than running patterns against the air?
3.How does the defensive line look? It's a little easier to tell once the pads go on and the hitting starts. They're still missing a huge piece, though, with defensive tackles Damon Harrison (knee) and Jay Bromley (ankle) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Their absence has left Johnathan Hankins to play next to Greg Millhouse, an undrafted free agent out of Campbell, on the first team. Depending on how hard and physical this practice is, it could be Millhouse's first big test. But it'll be a test for Hankins, who is coming back from a torn pec, too. And it'll be the first time Jason Pierre-Paul does some real hitting and possibly tackling since offseason surgery on his damaged hand.