Brandon Marshall’s ex-teammates with the Jets may not have anything nice to say about him, but the Giants seem to be getting along with their new addition.
A day after Sheldon Richardson took another shot at Marshall at Jets camp, saying he acted “drama-queenish,” Giants Janoris Jenkins and Weston Richburg spoke highly of the 33-year-old.
“For me, he’s been cool,” Jenkins said with a chuckle. “He’s funny, a nice guy, respectable and I think he’s just enjoying his time here.”
Added Richburg: “He’s got experience, so he’s obviously a leader, somebody younger guys can look to and take advice from.”
Marshall also wowed the fans Tuesday with a double-move that made Jenkins fall down in the end zone on a successful two-point conversion catch from Eli Manning. It completed an encouraging two-minute offense that featured a deep Manning touchdown to rookie tight end Evan Engram up the seam against middle linebacker B.J. Goodson.
The defense stopped the second and third-string offenses, though, making the defense 5-for-6 in the two minute drill since Monday.
JOSH VS. GENO, THE LATEST CHAPTER
Josh Johnson, the No. 2 quarterback on the Giants’ first unofficial depth chart, had a strong practice despite working as Big Blue’s third-stringer. McAdoo rotates Johnson and Geno Smith daily so each has a chance to work with the twos as they battle to back up Eli Manning.
Johnson hit tight end Colin Thompson and wideout Travis Rudolph for touchdowns, completed a pretty touch pass to running back Khalid Abdullah on the run along the sideline, and wideouts Jerome Lane and Keeon Johnson on separate deep balls. Third-string left tackle Jarron Jones and Thompson made big blocks on defensive ends Owa Odighizuwa and Evan Schwan, respectively, to spring Johnson completions.
Smith had outplayed Johnson last Saturday, but Johnson won this day.
SMITH, TOMLINSON ALSO STAND OUT
Fullback Shane Smith, an undrafted rookie from San Jose State, caught a touchdown pass from Manning and seems to embody the type of player McAdoo covets. The coach described Smith on Tuesday as a “very physical, heavy-handed type player,” dropping the two adjectives he often uses to describe the identity he wants for his team.
McAdoo also noted that Smith “showed his good hands today and did a nice job.” Smith is competing at fullback with former college quarterback Jacob Huesman, an undrafted player out of University of Tennessee–Chattanooga, who is “learning the position,” per the coach.
McAdoo stressed that special teams will mean “everything” for a fullback competing for a roster spot, especially since he now has a deeper, more versatile tight end group … second-round pick Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama) stood out more on Tuesday than he had in any camp practice yet, including one run stuff bursting through the line on Paul Perkins. McAdoo said Tomlinson “flashed a few times.” “He’s working on his transition rush and it’s certainly shown up on film,” the coach said … McAdoo said Aldrick Rosas and Mike Nugent both have kicked well and that there is no front-runner to win the job … Slot receiver Sterling Shepard ran routes in an early 1-on-1 drill and lined up a couple times with the first-team offense when installing or practicing plays against no defense. But Shepard continued to sit out of any significant portion of practice. Harris is seeing reps in Shepard’s place.
MORE SETBACKS FOR ‘BACKERS
Linebacker Mark Herzlich (stinger) and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (soreness) missed a second straight practice and both are “day-to-day,” McAdoo said.
Corner Mykkele Thompson (shoulder), safety Ryan Murphy (unknown) and wideout Kevin Snead (lower-body) also sat out.
Fifth-round pick Avery Moss (shoulder) was injured during practice and walked off.
Wideout Tavarres King (ankle) for the first time in recent days did not even suit up for practice, but McAdoo said King hadn’t had a setback.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) missed his fifth straight practice. Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (unknown) did not practice.
Running back Shaun Draughn (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (knee) haven’t practiced once in camp and continue to work on the side. Draughn appeared to do more significant running on Tuesday than he has in recent days, at least.
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