Two days of practice with the New York Giants concluded Wednesday with a short full-pads workout, the second practice of the day spent in full gear.
The teams worked on situational drills in the passing game and red zone. During seven-on-seven drills, safety Matt Stevens and cornerback Terrell Buckley worked in with the first defense, stepping in for Tebucky Jones and Ty Law respectively.
Buckley immediately made his presence felt by intercepting a Kerry Collins pass intended for Amani Toomer. Law, who played very well in the morning practice, was victimized twice in the drill. He was beaten down the right sideline by the tandem of quarterback Jason Garrett and Jonathan Carter. Later Collins converted a third-down play by rolling out and hitting Ron Dixon on an out pattern.
The defense did make several other plays. Linebacker Roman Phifer deflected a pass by Collins intended for Thabiti Davis. Phifer nearly picked the ball, but it went through his hands. Defensive end Bobby Hamilton batted a Garrett pass at the line of scrimmage, and a Garrett pass intended for Dixon went off the receiver's hands and was intercepted by Jones.
Drew Bledsoe was sharp again for the offense. In the seven-on-sevens, he completed four passes in a row and had the fifth one dropped. For the third straight practice he hit David Patten in stride for a deep touchdown. Patten beat cornerback Dave Thomas on the play.
Damon Huard took more snaps in the afternoon than he had in the earlier practice. He threw a perfect fade pass to Bert Emanuel, but Emanuel had it go through his hands.
In red zone work, Bledsoe and Troy Brown connected twice for touchdown passes. The first was a post route in the back of the end zone. The second was a shorter pattern, but Bledsoe likely would've been sacked by Michael Strahan had it been live action.
After the practice, Head Coach Bill Belichick said the joint practices had been a good success for both teams and that similar scenarios would likely occur between the teams in future camps.
There will be no open practices Thursday. Both teams will have brief walk-through sessions and final preparations for Friday's preseason opener. Belichick said he and the coaching staff would meet Friday night to plan out how much the first units would play in the game… Belichick said there was no update on Terry Glenn, but that linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer was en route to Bryant College and was expected to arrive Wednesday evening.