HE LIVES FOR THIS: Receiver Jarvis Landry always takes practice seriously. He took the intensity, and performance, to another level against the Giants.
In team drills against New York’s No. 1 defense, Landry caught a deep out vs. Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry, was wide open for a big gain on the backside of a play and made a nifty one-handed grab on a crossing route. He added two receptions in the two-minute drill, including a sweet move to pick up yards after the catch. Baker Mayfield made all the throws.
“He is a very competitive dude,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He wants to win every drill. He wants to win when they do releases. He wants to win one-on-ones. He wants to win the team period. That sets the tone for our team.”
NEWS OF THE DAY: The first of two practices against the Giants was a success. The tempo was fast, and the competition lively but clean. There was no fighting.
The negative was linebackers Jacob Phillips (elbow) and Sione Takitaki (hamstring) leaving with injuries. The extent of the injuries wasn’t immediately known.
CAMPER OF THE DAY: Tight end David Njoku went up and got the ball — over and over. On corner routes in a one-on-one drill, he reached up and over Giants safety and former teammate Jabrill Peppers to make a strong hands catch, then did the same vs. safety Xavier McKinney (below). In a team drill, he picked up 30 yards on another corner route with Peppers in coverage.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Stefanski had a slow whistle, and his offense took advantage. On the final play in the two-minute drill, Mayfield was flushed from the pocket then pursued by linebacker Lorenzo Carter. Mayfield pulled up by the sideline and lofted a pass into a crowded end zone, where receiver Rashard Higgins came down with it for the winning touchdown. Stefanski said it very well could’ve been a sack and he’d have to watch the film to make a final determination.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think they need a better speaker. Our speaker’s better at home. We should have brought our speaker for the music, but it is what it is, it’s work.” — Giants cornerback Logan Ryan on the Browns’ sound system.
FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE: Practice with the New York Giants is at 2:25 p.m. It’s closed to the public.
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) August 19, 2021