Bear Pascoe had a tough start to Sunday's practice, but was solid from wire to wire on Monday. Primarily facing safeties in one-on-one drills on Sunday, Pascoe failed to get good separation and had a few passes knocked out of his hands. As time wore on, however, Pascoe looked more impressive and eventually fought off safety Antrel Rolle for a score.
Pascoe picked up where he left off, Monday, making several impressive grabs including one in which he dove horizontally to haul in an Eli Manning pass.
Martellus Bennett also had a better practice on Monday, using his size to shield defenders from the ball.
David Wilson looks good, even when he does the wrong thing.
Coughlin has been very encouraged with Wilson's speed, but he's noticed that the first-round pick has the ability to make a positive play even when he makes a mental mistake.
“Sometimes, he doesn't make the right cut, or the right maneuver,” Coughlin said. “When he does, you can see that, if provided the opportunity, he might slide through a crack and give you a good play.”
Coughlin was asked if Wilson has an “it” factor, and said that the rookie flashes it “consistently.”
Greg Jones isn't just a middle linebacker. The second-year former Michigan State Spartan is returning to the strong side for the first time since his sophomore year in college and he's having some success.
“He's practiced well,” Coughlin said on Sunday. “He's practiced well for a couple of days. Ever since camp opened, he's practiced well, he's run well. He appears to be around the ball.”
Jones said he's been “very careful” with the switch to make sure he's in command of all the information he's required to know.
He also said he thinks he'll play both strongside and weakside linebacker this year.
Isaiah Stanback is finally a wide receiver. A converted University of Washington quarterback who bounced from the Dallas Cowboys to the New England Patriots to the Seattle Seahawks in his first four seasons, Stanback told CBSSports.com that he finally feels comfortable at his new position.
“I feel like a receiver now,” said Stanback, who was on the Giants practice squad last year. “I'd say once I finished up my year in New England I felt like I finally became a receiver. I still learn every day, so I'm picking up stuff. I've had some great guys to learn from. Early on in my career I was learning one of the hardest, toughest positions at the highest level, you know, with no training. It was a slow start but it's coming now.”
The biggest difference now is that Stanback is finally learning to use his size, and that means the 6-2, 228-pound receiver could threaten to make the team this season.
“Earlier in my career I was lighter because they wanted me to be lighter so they forced me to stay at a lower weight,” he said. “Now I've settled in with my weight and I'm learning my strengths. That's huge.”
Stanback's best day thus far was Sunday, when he hauled in several passes from third-string quarterback Ryan Perrilloux.