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New York Giants Day 3 mandatory minicamp news, notes & highlights

The New York Giants’ final day of mandatory minicamp was highlighted by a scuffle between Damon Harrison and rookie left tackle Will Hernandez.

The New York Giants concluded their three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday and while the practice was shorter in time than the previous two days, it brought the real intensity of a training camp practice.

Midway through practice following a rushing play, nose tackle Damon Harrison grabbed left guard Will Hernandez’s helmet and swung it at Hernandez. Fortunately, Harrison did not connect with Hernandez, but one Giant did suffer a minor injury and that was Nate Solder.

During the scuffle, a teammate rolled on Solder’s leg causing him to miss the remainder of practice. Solder remained on the field after being checked by a trainer but did have a noticeable limp.

Solder did say that his knee hurt a little bit but that he believes he’ll be ok. After practice, he spoke about the scuffle between Harrison and Hernandez.

“We just have to focus on getting better. We have to play better football. We have to be a strong unit on the offensive line and we have to do what we can control. Those things are battles, they happen, emotions rise and you work through it and move on.”

Other news and notes:

Quarterback Eli Manning experienced a short day at practice on Thursday. He warmed up with the other quarterbacks in position drills and threw to receivers, but he did not participate in the Giants 11-on-11 sessions.

Instead, it was Davis Webb who took snaps with the first team offense and in red-zone situations, he threw touchdowns to tight ends Rhett Ellison and Kyle Carter. He would have had a third touchdown to his resume, but Roger Lewis dropped a pass in the end zone.

It’s becoming more and more obvious that Odell Beckham Jr. is fully healed from fracturing his ankle in October. He didn’t participate in 11-on-11 drills on Thursday as he did the previous two days, but did work with the rest of the receivers during positionals.

He was running quick and crisp routes, catching passes and doing dances afterwards. Of course, the question on everyone’s mind now is whether Beckham will report to training camp, which begins on July 25. After practice, head coach Pat Shurmur was asked if he expects Beckham to be at training camp next month.

“I haven’t talked about that with him. I expect to see everybody here.”

Beckham was not made available to the media this week which only adds to the speculation on whether or not he’ll report to training. So far, Beckham has attended all of the mandatory practices and seems excited to be back on the field with his teammates which is good news for New York Giants fans.

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.