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New York Giants Day 1 mandatory minicamp news, notes & highlights

The New York Giants had their first mandatory minicamp session on Tuesday and all players were in attendance.

The New York Giants held their first mandatory minicamp under Pat Shurmur on Tuesday and all players were in attendance, including two coming off injury, Odell Beckham Jr and Landon Collins.

Beckham and Collins did not participate in seven on seven or 11 on 11 drills, but each participated in their respective position drills. Collins also ran sprints throughout practice on the Giants second practice field.

When asked after practice how Beckham and Collins looked Shurmur responded by saying, “They did well and they both were out here today”.

Also in attendance after missing most of OTAs was Damon “Snacks” Harrison who will play nose tackle under James Bettcher’s 3-4 defense. Harrison spoke about his new defensive coordinator.

“He’s a good dude. Obviously, I’ve played in a 3-4 before under [New York Jets Head] Coach [Todd] Bowles, and Coach Bettcher and Bowles worked together, so I have a lot of familiarity with the system. It’s just all about reaching in that memory bank. Everything I was told to forget, I’ve got to remember again.”

Later on when asked why he skipped parts of voluntary OTAs, Harrison responded by saying, “I was minding my own damn business.”

Other news:

  • Aldrick Rosas, who struggled at times last season converting 18 out of 25 field goal attempts and missed three extra points, connected on all eight of his field goal attempts in practice.
  • Cody Latimer took reps with the first team offense in place of Beckham on Tuesday just as he did throughout the latter part of OTAs.
  • The Giants ran formations on Tuesday with two receivers and two tight ends with Latimer and Sterling Shepard split out wide, with Evan Engram in the slot, and Rhett Ellison lineup next to left tackle Nate Solder.

Saquon Barkley Update

As he’s done all spring, Saquon Barkley’s skills were in full effect catching passes coming out of the backfield. It’s clear that if a linebacker is matched up against Barkley, Barkley will beat them every time.

Following practice, Eli Manning spoke about Barkley.

“I think Saquon has done a good job. I have been impressed with him. Just learning the offense. He has come in quickly and has a good feel for things. Physically, he looks the part. I am excited to see him with pads on, in the open field and see what he can do. He has done a good job. In the spring, you see more in the passing game and you get to work on those things. He has been impressive in that part. I know once you get the pads on and some live contact, he will be impressive in that regard as well.”

Manning was also impressive on Tuesday as he connected on several deep fade passes including one to Shepard down the right sideline who beat Eli Apple.

The Giants will be back for their second day of mandatory minicamp on Wednesday.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.