Aug 052023
 
Parris Campbell, New York Giants (August 1, 2023)

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AUGUST 5, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their ninth summer training camp practice of the year on Saturday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team was in full pads for only the third time this summer. This was the final training camp practice open to the public in New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

RT Evan Neal (concussion protocol), DL Ryder Anderson (triceps), and OLB Azeez Ojulari (rest day) did not practice.

“Yeah, he’s good. I mean he’s as good as can be, he’s just in the protocol,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll when asked about Neal. “I think he said he feels better than he felt yesterday, so again we will take it slow with those things and let the doctors and training staff go through all that but feels better than he did the day before.”

“Ryder will be out probably a few weeks here,” said Daboll. “The exact amount of time, I’m not sure but that won’t be a day-to-day, so I’ll just get that one out of the way. That will be a few weeks.”

“Azeez, we will give him another day,” said Daboll. “Kind of two like what we did with (Leonard Williams).”

WR Sterling Shepard, OL Jack Anderson, and DL Leonard Williams returned to practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The team was in full pads for the third time in training camp.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Josh Ezeudu, OC Ben Bredeson, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Matt Peart.
  • John Michael Schmitz was the second-team center.
  • RB Eric Gray handled most of the kickoff returns.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, LT Andrew Thomas knocked OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux on his ass. Thomas was 2-0 against Thibodeaux and 1-0 against OLB Oshane Ximines in these drills.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, QB Daniel Jones rolled out to his right and found WR Parris Campbell for a first down.
  • With WR Parris Campbell in the backfield and RB Saquon Barkley lined up wide, QB Daniel Jones hit Barkley over the middle of the defense for another first down. Jones then connected with TE Darren Waller for 20 yards.
  • OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux tackled RB Saquon Barkley for a loss on a left side run.
  • Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Collin Johnson caught deep passes from QB Tyrod Taylor. Shepard’s reception was against CB Gemon Green.
  • WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton made a diving catch on a throw from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • CB Deonte Banks broke up a pass intended for TE Daniel Bellinger.
  • QB Daniel Jones rolled out to his right and threw to TE Darren Waller for another first down.
  • Giants ran a fake field goal with holder Jamie Gillan rolling out to his right and tossing it to TE Daniel Bellinger for a touchdown.
  • QB Daniel Jones hit TE Darren Waller on a slant inside the red-zone and then found RB Saquon Barkley out of the backfield for a touchdown.
  • CB Amani Oruwariye was flagged for pass interference against WR David Sills.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor hit WR Jalin Hyatt on a deep pass for a touchdown against CB Amani Oruwariye.
  • QB Daniel Jones overthrew WR Parris Campbell on a deep pass into the end zone.
  • QB Daniel Jones threw deep to TE Daniel Bellinger, but he dropped the ball in the end zone.
  • After delay-of-game and false-start penalties on offense in the red zone, ILB Bobby Okereke broke up a pass intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • QB Daniel Jones finished practice 20-of-24 with throws to 10 different receivers.
  • OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux dominated his match-up with RT Matt Peart.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Saturday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Practices are no longer open to the public at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The players are off on Sunday. On Monday, the team will practice in the morning (10:00AM-Noon) before traveling to Detroit for joint practices with the Lions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media on Monday.

Aug 042023
 
Leonard Williams and Rakeem Nunez-Roches, New York Giants (August 1, 2023)

Leonard Williams and Rakeem Nunez-Roches – © USA TODAY Sports

AUGUST 4, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their eighth summer training camp practice of the year on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team was in full pads for only the second time this summer.

ROSTER MOVES…
The Giants have waived/injured WR Jeff Smith (knee) and signed free agent NT Donovan Jeter, who was released by Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

The Giants signed Smith as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets in March 2023. The 6’1”, 195-pound Smith was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jets after the 2019 NFL Draft. In his four seasons with the Jets, Smith played in 36 regular-season games with seven starts, catching 34 passes for 426 yards an no touchdowns.

The 24-year old 6’3”, 325-pound Jeter was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Steelers (2022), Washington Commanders (2022), and Bears (2023). He has only played in one NFL game, with Washington in 2022.

INJURY REPORT – EVAN NEAL SUFFERS CONCUSSION…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

WR Sterling Shepard (unknown), OL Jack Anderson (unknown), DL Leonard Williams (rest day), DL Ryder Anderson (triceps), and OLB Azeez Ojulari (rest day) did not practice. OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) returned to practice on a limited basis.

When asked about Ryder Anderson, who was injured in practice on Thursday, Head Coach Brian Daboll responded, “He won’t be out there today but he’ll work through it.”

Regarding Jack Anderson, Daboll said, “It’s not anything long term.”

RT Evan Neal (concussion) left practice early.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The team was in full pads for the second time in training camp.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Ben Bredeson, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • Shane Lemieux received the bulk of the snaps as second-team center.
  • Darrian Beavers worked at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • The starting wideouts were Darius Slayton, Parris Campbell, and Isaiah Hodgins.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Tre Hawkins, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Adoree’ Jackson, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock. After a couple of snaps, Darnay Holmes subbed for Jackson.
  • The three-safety package included S Dane Belton again.
  • LT Andrew Thomas and DL Dexter Lawrence dominated 1-on-1 drills.
  • Ben Bredeson performed well on his 1-on-1 chances. Tackles Matt Peart and Korey Cunningham also did well on 1-on-1 reps.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Daniel Jones hit TE Darren Waller a couple of times over the middle for good gains.
  • A deep pass to WR Parris Campbell from QB Daniel Jones was broken up by CB Cor’Dale Flott.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor hit WR Cole Beasley on an out route. Beasley then made the defensive back miss with a cut back.
  • RB Saquon Barkley scored on a run out of the wildcat formation, with QB Daniel Jones motioning before the snap.
  • OLB Oshane Ximines, who played with the first team with Azeez Ojulari out, made two plays, first stopping RB Saquon Barkley on a run and then getting to the quarterback on an untouched blitz.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, QB Daniel Jones scored a touchdown on a scramble to his right. Then off play-action, Jones scrambled to his right and hit TE Daniel Bellinger for the touchdown.
  • ILB Bobby Okereke stuffed RB Saquon Barkley in the hole on the goal line.
  • Wide receivers Collin Johnson and David Sills (twice) caught touchdown passes from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • S Jason Pinnock broke up a pass from QB Daniel Jones.
  • QB Daniel Jones threw two touchdowns, the first to WR Parris Campbell against CB Darnay Holmes, and the second to WR Darius Slayton.
  • Matt Peart replaced Evan Neal at right tackle when Neal left with the trainers.
  • ILB Bobby Okereke knocked down a red-zone pass from QB Daniel Jones.
  • ILB Darrian Beavers was beat deep by RB Saquon Barkley and was flagged for a penalty on the play.
  • QB Daniel Jones found RB Saquon Barkley for a 5-yard score on a pass play.
  • CB Cor’Dale Flott broke up another pass intended for WR Collin Johnson.
  • CB Darren Evans broke up two passes intended for WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton.
  • WR Kalil Pimpleton scored against CB Gemon Green.
  • S Jason Pinnock was flagged for taunting. The defense was flagged a number of times in practice.
  • QB Daniel Jones faked a screen pass to RB Matt Breida and then ran into the end zone on a QB keeper.
  • A pass from QB Tyrod Taylor was tipped by LB Cam Brown and intercepted by LB Carter Coughlin.
  • In team 11-on-11 red-zone drills, QB Daniel Jones finished 6-of-9 with three touchdowns.
  • According to multiple reports, the run defense stood out.
  • After practice, QB Daniel Jones continued to work with RB Saquon Barkley and receivers Cole Beasley and Jamison Crowder on the field.

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HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Saturday evening (5:00-7:00PM). This will be the last summer training camp practice open to the public in New Jersey. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media earlier in the day.

Aug 032023
 
Ben Bredeson, New York Giants (August 1, 2023)

Ben Bredeson – © USA TODAY Sports

AUGUST 3, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their seventh summer training camp practice of the year on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

WR Parris Campbell (tendinitis), WR Jeff Smith (knee), OL Jack Anderson (unknown), DL Leonard Williams (rest day), and OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) did not practice.

DL Ryder Anderson left practice early with a right arm injury.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The were not in full pads, but in helmets and shells.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Joshua Ezeudu, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Ben Bredeson, and RT Evan Neal.
  • Mark Glowinski was the second-team right guard.
  • With Parris Campbell out, Cole Beasley was the starting slot receiver.
  • Micah McFadden worked at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Darnay Holmes, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • Dane Belton was the third safety in the first-team dime package.
  • RB Saquon Barkley made a 1-handed catch on a deep pass thrown behind him against ILB Bobby Okereke. Barkley caught another long pass in the same drill.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, WR Cole Beasley caused CB Darnay Holmes fall to the ground with a double move over the middle. Beasley also beat Holmes for a touchdown on a short pass in the red zone.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton beat CB Amani Oruwariye deep for a score.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, CB Deonte Banks broke up a pass intended for WR Darius Slayton.
  • Corners Darnay Holmes, Zyon Gilbert, and Darren Evans also broke up passes.
  • also broke up a pass.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Daniel Jones hit WR Jalin Hyatt deep, beating both CB Darnay Holmes and S Xavier McKinney for a touchdown.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, the outside corners were rookies Deonte Banks and Tre Hawkins with veteran corner Adoree’ Jackson in the slot. Then Darnay Holmes subbed for Jackson.
  • QB Daniel Jones connected with WR Isaiah Hodgins on back-shoulder passes.
  • In the 2-minute drill, QB Daniel Jones hit a 50+ yard bomb to WR Jalin Hyatt against CB Tre Hawkins. S Dane Belton blitzed on this play and may have had a “sack.”
  • WR Jalin Hyatt adjusted well to a ball thrown behind him to make the catch over the middle of the field.
  • CB Tre Hawkins had good coverage on WR Sterling Shepard on a back-shoulder play during team drills.
  • ILB Micah McFadden hustled back to break up a QB Daniel Jones underthrown deep pass intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • In the final team period, OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux forced an incompletion with his rush and batted a pass at the line of scrimmage.
  • In 11-on-11 team drills, QB Daniel Jones finished 11-of-17 with one touchdown.
  • WR Collin Johnson was active catching the ball with a number of receptions.
  • For the second practice in a row, there was a botched snap by OC John Michael Schmitz.
  • QB Daniel Jones continued to work with receivers Cole Beasley and Jamison Crowder on the field after practice.
  • See BBI contributor Y28’s excellent camp report in The Corner Forum.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

FORMER GIANTS ON THE MOVE…
Unrestricted free agent cornerback Fabian Moreau has signed with the Denver Broncos, while unrestricted free agent tight end Nick Vannett has signed with the Houston Texans. The Giants made no effort to re-sign either.

The Giants signed Moreau to the Practice Squad in early September 2022 and signed to the 53-man roster in late September, proving to be an extremely valuable pick-up as he became a reliable, year-long starter at corner. Moreau played in 14 regular-season games with 11 starts, missing one game due to an oblique injury. Moreau was credited with 66 tackles and 10 pass defenses. Moreau was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has spent time with Washington (2017-2020), Atlanta Falcons (2021), and Houston Texans (2022).

The Giants signed Vannett to the Practice Squad in November 2022 after he was cut by the New Orleans Saints. He was then signed to the 53-man roster in December 2022. Vannett ended up playing in six regular-season games with three starts for the Giants, catching four passes for 42 yards. The 6’6”, 261-pound Vannett was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He has spent time with the Seahawks (2016-2019), Pittsburgh Steelers (2019), Denver Broncos (2020), and Saints (2021-2022).

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Friday morning (10:00AM-Noon). Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media.

Aug 012023
 
Saquon Barkley and Brian Daboll, New York Giants (July 31, 2023)

Saquon Barkley and Brian Daboll – © USA TODAY Sports

AUGUST 1, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their sixth summer training camp practice of the year on Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Today was the first time the Giants were in full pads this summer. “I think we’ve got to practice well with one another, stay off the ground but get our fundamental work in,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “There’s usually some excitement from the players but you have to do a good job of making sure (that) you don’t lose your technique (and) fundamentals. The energy is usually always good the first day of pads but we’ve got to make sure we’re doing things the right way.”

ROSTER MOVES…
The Giants have placed OC J.C. Hassenauer on Injured Reserve. Hassenaur tore his triceps in practice on Sunday and will undergo surgery. His season is over. To fill his roster spot, the Giants have signed unrestricted free agent Sean Harlow (Arizona Cardinals).

The Giants signed Hassenauer in April 2023 as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers after they did not tender him as a potential restricted free agent. The 6’2”, 295-pound Hassenauer was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2018 NFL Draft. He was cut before the season started in 2018 and signed with the Steelers in April 2019, cut in August, and then re-signed in November. From 2020-2022, Hassenauer played in 45 regular-season games for the Steelers with seven starts, five at center and two at left guard. He also started one playoff game at center.

The 28-year old, 6’4”, 284-pound Harlow was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He has spent time with the Falcons (2017, 2018-2020), Indianapolis Colts (2018), and Cardinals (2021-2022). Harlow has played in 33 regular-season games with eight starts, five at left guard in 2021 and three at center in 2022 with the Cardinals.

INJURY REPORT…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) did not practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The were in full pads for the first time in training camp.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Joshua Ezeudu, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • Darrian Beavers worked at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke. Both made plays in the backfield during practice.
  • For the third day in a row, the starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Cor’Dale Flott, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • OC John Michael Schmitz had good and bad reps in 1-on-1 drills against DL Dexter Lawrence.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, RT Evan Neal got beat by OLB Kavyon Thibodeaux on one inside rush, but handled OLB Azeez Ojulari on another.
  • LT Andrew Thomas stonewalled his opponent on two 1-on-1 attempts. Ben Bredeson at center also had two good reps.
  • DL Leonard Williams got around LG Joshua Ezeudu, but Ezeudu won another rep.
  • OLB Tomon Fox successfully bull-rushed Tyre Phillips.
  • In 3-on-3 coverage drills, CB Cor’Dale Flott had the only interception of practice.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, CB Deonte Banks knocked away a pass intended for WR Jalin Hyatt.
  • S/CB Nick McCloud and CB Rodarius Williams broke up passes.
  • QB Tommy DeVito hit WR Kalil Pimpleton for a long touchdown.
  • In 9-on-7 drills, RB Saquon Barkley broke off a big run behind LG Joshua Ezeudu. DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches stuffed the next run.
  • OL Shane Lemieux stood out on a couple of run blocks.
  • 11-on-11 team drills began with QB Daniel Jones rolling out and connecting with TE Darren Waller for 15 yards.
  • S Xavier McKinney did break up a deep pass intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • CB Darren Evans broke up a pass intended for WR Collin Johnson.
  • CB Tre Hawkins received first-team snaps again and deflected passes intended for wide receivers Jalin Hyatt and Isaiah Hodgins.
  • S Jason Pinnock had a good practice, breaking up two passes.
  • RB Saquon Barkley had two big runs after short catches in the passing game.
  • QB Daniel Jones finished team drills 6-of-11 with three incomplete deep passes, two deflected by defenders. Reporter Connor Hughes tweeted “I can’t get over how much more comfortable and confident Daniel Jones looks this year. He’s a completely different quarterback from the one in training camp in 2022. You can tell he’s processing things so much faster, which is leading to quicker decisions.”
  • The defense blitzed quite a bit and got to QB Daniel Jones a few times, with corners Deonte Banks and Tre Hawkins as well as DL Dexter Lawrence picking up “sacks.”
  • OLB Azeez Ojulari also had a tackle for a loss on a read-option play, “tackling” QB Daniel Jones for a loss.
  • OLB’s Tomon Fox and Oshane Ximines flashed into the backfield.
  • OC John Michael Schmitz did have one bad snap.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players are off on Wednesday. They return to practice on Thursday (10:00AM-Noon). The offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinators will also address the media.

Jul 312023
 
Nick McCloud and Darren Waller, New York Giants (July 30, 2023)

Nick McCloud and Darren Waller – © USA TODAY Sports

JULY 31, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fifth summer training camp practice of the year on Monday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT – TORN TRICEPS FOR HASSENAUER…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

WR Sterling Shepard (knee), OC J.C. Hassenauer (triceps), OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) and TE Ryan Jones (knee) did not practice.

“(Hassenauer will) be out long term,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “He got a tricep. He’s going to end up having surgery, which is too bad.”

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants are still not in full pads and were in helmets and shells.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Ben Bredeson, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • At another point in practice, the starting offensive line had Josh Ezeudu at left guard and Ben Bredeson at right guard.
  • Micah McFadden worked at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • For the second day in a row, the starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Cor’Dale Flott, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • The Giants also shifted Adoree’ Jackson to slot corner and played Deonte Banks and Tre Hawkins outside with the first unit. Cor’Dale Flott replaced Jackson for most of the team period.
  • Bobby McCain shifted from safety to slot corner with the second-team with Nick McCloud and Dane Belton playing safety.
  • Darnay Holmes played corner with the third unit.
  • In 3-on-3 passing drills, RB Saquon Barkley beat S Gervarrius Owens on an inside angle route for a big gain.
  • TE Darren Waller caught a pass against S/CB Nick McCloud over the middle.
  • In some of the 11-on-11 drills, wide receivers Jalin Hyatt and Cole Beasley started with the first unit.
  • WR Jamison Crowder stood out with a one-handed catch while keeping his balance and staying inbounds.
  • QB Daniel Jones completed the first team period going 6-of-6, highlighted by a deep pass to a diving WR Jalin Hyatt despite tight coverage by S Xavier McKinney.
  • For the second day in a row, WR Jalin Hyatt blew past the corner and safety to catch a deep touchdown pass from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • Despite tight coverage from CB Tre Hawkins, QB Daniel Jones hit WR Parris Campbell for a deep touchdown in the corner of the end zone.
  • CB Deonte Banks broke up a corner route to WR Darius Slayton and was barely targeted.
  • CB Adoree’ Jackson also broke up a pass.
  • On one play, both running backs Saquon Barkley and Eric Gray were on the field together with Gray in the backfield and Barkley in the slot. Barkley caught the pass from QB Daniel Jones.
  • WR Parris Campbell adjusted to a deep pass to make the catch while keeping his feet inbounds.
  • S/CB Nick McCloud made a diving interception on a pass from QB Tyrod Taylor in 11-on-11 drills. He had a good day in coverage.
  • QB Daniel Jones finished 11-on-11 team drills 15-of-19 with three touchdowns to WR Parris Campbell, WR Darius Slayton, and TE Daniel Bellinger. There were also a number of check downs to RB Saquon Barkley as a receiver.
  • RB Saquon Barkley scored on a run up the middle on the goal line.
  • DT Rakeem Nunes-Roches stuffed another run.
  • Giants limited the work of TE Darren Waller, DL Leonard Williams, and CB Adoree’ Jackson in full team drills outside a few snaps.
  • TE Daniel Bellinger ended the day with two touchdown receptions, including one from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor also threw scores to WR David Sills and TE Tommy Sweeney.
  • WR Jaydon Mickens caught two touchdown passes from QB Tommy DeVito.
  • Flashing into the backfield on the pass rusher were linebackers Kavyon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, and Micah McFadden. Ojulari disrupted a number of plays.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Monday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Tuesday evening (5:00-7:00PM). This will be first time the team will practice in full pads this summer. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media earlier in the day.

Jul 302023
 
Isaiah Hodgins, New York Giants (July 27, 2023)

Isaiah Hodgins – © USA TODAY Sports

JULY 30, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fourth summer training camp practice of the year on Sunday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

VERNON BUTLER PLACED ON IR…
Nose tackle Vernon Butler was placed on Injured Reserve with an undisclosed injury on Saturday. Butler had failed to report to training camp and had been on the Reserve/Did-Not-Report List. The Giants signed Butler to the Practice Squad in mid-November 2022. He played in one game in Week 13 and flashed with four tackles in just 12 snaps. The 6’4”, 330-pound Butler was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He has spent time with the Panthers (2016-2019), Buffalo Bills (2020-2021), and Las Vegas Raiders (2022). The Raiders cut Butler in August 2022.

INJURY REPORT…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

WR Sterling Shepard (ACL) was activated off of the Physically Unable to Perform List and WR Jamison Crowder (calf) was activated off of the Non-Football Injury List. Both passed their physicals and returned to practice.

“We will limit (Shepard), relative to the amount of reps and just kind of bring him along,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “He has done a good job in the rehab process. So, he was ready to get taken off.”

WR Cole Beasley (quad), DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (concussion), and S Gervarrius Owens (unknown) returned to practice. Nunez-Roaches was in a non-contact jersey.

OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) and TE Ryan Jones (knee) did not practice. “Ryan Jones, the young tight end, we’re going to give him a day,” said Daboll. “He had a little knee. Then, we are going to give Haddy (Jihad Ward) a day… He’s got a little bit of something. But it’s not anything long-term.”

OC J.C. Hassenauer (right arm) left practice early.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants are still not in full pads and were in helmets and shells.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Tyre Phillips, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • Darrian Beavers worked at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Cor’Dale Flott, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • TE Darren Waller continued to give defensive backs fits, first beating S Bobby McCain and then CB Deonte Banks in 1-on-1 drills.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, WR Parris Campbell beat CB Darnay Holmes, WR Sterling Shepard beat CB Gemon Green, TE Chris Myarick beat S Alex Cook, WR Jalin Hyatt beat CB Rodarius Williams, and WR Cole Beasley beat CB Darnay Holmes for scores. WR Isaiah Hodgins also made a toe-tap touchdown in the right corner of the end zone.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson and Deonte Banks broke up passes. S/CB Nick McCloud broke a pass intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • CB Tre Hawkins, working with the second-team defense, broke up pass intended for WR Sterling Shepard and then caused an incompletions on a passes to WR Jalin Hyatt and WR Jeff Smith.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor connected on a deep pass to WR Jalin Hyatt who blew past the defense for a long touchdown.
  • After QB Daniel Jones ran for a good gain, he then connected with WR Darius Slayton on an out pass against CB Adoree’ Jackson. Jones got the ball deep to Slayton again on a slightly underthrown pass against CB Deonte Banks that otherwise might have been a long touchdown.
  • ILB Bobby Okereke was active, knocking down RB Saquon Barkley after a catch in the flat. He also would have had a sack on an inside blitz.
  • Starting on their own 1-yard line, QB Daniel Jones faked a handoff and then hit TE Darren Waller on a slant for a good gain, beating CB Deonte Banks.
  • TE Lawrence Cager made a one-handed catch over the middle of the defense. Cager caught a handful of passes from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • CB Darnay Holmes deflected a deep pass that was almost intercepted by S Bobby McCain.
  • Practice ended with QB Daniel Jones being picked off by S Jason Pinnock, who made a one-handed interception in the end zone. Jones would have been sacked on the play by DT Dexter Lawrence. The offense had to run a sprint as the result.
  • QB Daniel Jones finished 11-on-11, full-team drills 11-of-12. TE Darren Waller and WR Darius Slayton each had four receptions.
  • In these 11-on-11 drills, the defense got to the quarterback three times.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Sunday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Monday morning (10:00-11:45AM). Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media.

Jul 282023
 
Kayvon Thibodeaux, New York Giants (July 26, 2023)

Kayvon Thibodeaux – © USA TODAY Sports

JULY 28, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their third summer training camp practice of the year on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
The following players remain on injury or did-not-report lists:

  • Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List: WR Sterling Shepard (ACL), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL)
  • Active/Non-Football Injury (NFI) List: WR Jamison Crowder (calf)
  • Reserve/Did-Not-Report List: DL Vernon Butler

WR Cole Beasley (quad), DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (concussion protocol), and S Gervarrius Owens (unknown) also did not practice.

“(Nunez-Roches is) making progress,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “He’s not going to do anything today. But hopefully he is getting close… (Owens) will do walk-throughs, just got a little bruise that’s still pretty stiff. Then, Cole got kneed in the quad. So, we will give him a rest day.”

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants are still not in full pads and remained in helmets and shorts for an evening practice (5:00-7:00 PM).
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Joshua Ezeudu, OC Ben Bredeson, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • John Michael Schmitz also rotated in with Bredeson with the first-team at center.
  • Tyre Phillips, who has been playing with the second unit at tackle and guard, received some first-team reps at both guard spots.
  • Korey Cunningham received some first-team reps at left tackle.
  • Darrian Beavers and Micah McFadden continue to alternate at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Darnay Holmes, S Xavier McKinney, and S Bobby McCain.
  • Returning punts were RB Eric Gray, CB Darnay Holmes, WR Kalil Pimpleton, CB Adoree’ Jackson, WR Jayden Mickens, and WR Darius Slayton.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Daniel Jones connected twice down the field to WR Darius Slayton, beating corners Adoree’ Jackson and Deonte Banks. Jones finished this session 6-of-6.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, WR Jalin Hyatt made early catches against corners Tre Hawkins and Deonte Banks.
  • Wide receivers Jalin Hyatt and Collin Johnson received quite a bit of work with the first-team, including in 11-on-11 drills. Hyatt flashed with his route running, but had one miscommunication with QB Daniel Jones.
  • Giants used some formations that had running backs Saquon Barkley and Matt Breida on the field together, with Barkley in the slot.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, DL Dexter Lawrence broke through a triple-team to pressure QB Daniel Jones.
  • RT Evan Neal had a good practice against edge rushers Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari.
  • QB Daniel Jones would have been sacked on a a number of blitzes by free rushers, but he connected on some big plays to WR Darius Slayton and TE Darren Waller.
  • According to one report, QB Daniel Jones finished 18-of-23 passing in live drills.
  • CB Cor’Dale Flott had some issues trying to cover WR Kalil Pimpleton.
  • ILB Micah McFadden broke up a pass.

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HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players are off on Saturday and return to practice on Sunday (10:00AM-noon). Head Coach Brian Daboll ad select players will also address the media.

Jul 272023
 
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (July 26, 2023)

Daniel Jones – © USA TODAY Sports

JULY 27, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their second summer training camp practice of the year on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“There is good competition at some certain spots,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “You will see it out there. We’re rotating different positions and giving everybody a fair opportunity to go out there and show what they can do. Offensively, defensively, different spots in the kicking game, whether it’s on the punt team, the kickoff team. That’s the time to do it, right now, to make sure you’re giving everybody a fair shot in a competitive situation.”

GIANTS ADD ANOTHER DEFENSIVE LINEMAN…
The Giants have signed free agent defensive lineman Kevin Atkins, who last played for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks in the spring. The 24-year old, 6’2”, 307-pound Atkins was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2022 NFL Draft, but waived in late August.

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
The following players remain on injury or did-not-report lists:

  • Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List: WR Sterling Shepard (ACL), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL)
  • Active/Non-Football Injury (NFI) List: WR Jamison Crowder (calf)
  • Reserve/Did-Not-Report List: DL Vernon Butler

“(Butler) didn’t report,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “We are kind of working through some things. That is really all I got for you. I understand the question, but that’s where we’re at.”

DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (concussion protocol) and S Gervarrius Owens (unknown) also did not practice.

“He is sore,” said Daboll of Nunez-Roches, who was in a car accident yesterday. “He won’t practice again today. It could have been worse, so I’m glad he’s where he is right now. I think he’s making progress.”

WR Darius Slayton injured his left foot or ankle, but later returned to practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • As expected until next week, the Giants are still not in full pads and remain in helmets and shorts.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Ben Bredeson, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal. Head Coach Brian Daboll said Schmitz and Ben Bredeson, who started at center yesterday, will rotate at starting center.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Cor’Dale Flott, S Dane Belton, and S Xavier McKinney. Yesterday, Darnay Holmes and Jason Pinnock were starting at slot corner and safety.
  • Darrian Beavers and Micah McFadden split first-team reps at inside linebacker alongside Bobby Okereke.
  • Ben Bredeson took snaps at left guard, center, and right guard.
  • Nick McCloud, who had been moved to safety in the spring, practiced some at cornerback today. He blanketed WR Darius Slayton to cause an incompletion in red-zone 1-on-1 drills. McCloud also continued to take reps at safety.
  • CB Darnay Holmes forced a throw-away in 1-on-1 drills and later broke up a pass.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, QB Daniel Jones connected on touchdowns with TE Darren Waller, WR Collin Johnson (twice), and WR Parris Campbell. Johnson beat CB Deonte Banks twice with Banks missing a jam on a fade pass.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, QB Tyrod Taylor threw scores to wide receivers Kalil Pimpleton (twice), Jaydon Mickens, and Jeff Smith.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, CB Deonte Banks had good coverage on a deep pass. Then S Xavier McKinney made a diving interception on an overthrown pass by QB Daniel Jones intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • CB Zyon Gilbert intercepted a pass that he tipped to himself while falling to the ground.
  • S Dane Belton broke up one pass intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • CB Tre Hawkins intercepted a pass from QB Tyrod Taylor intended from for WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton in 1-on-1 drills.
  • TE Darren Waller and WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton each dropped a pass.
  • QB Daniel Jones received 12 reps in 11-on-11, team drills and finished 7-of-9, with four of the passes being completed to TE Darren Waller. TE Daniel Bellinger and WR Darius Slayton also had catches over the middle. The two incompletions were broken up by corners Adoree’ Jackson and Deonte Banks.
  • TE Lawrence Cager made a nice leaping catch of a pass from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • CB Cor’Dale Flott looked good jamming wide receivers in the slot with the first-team unit.
  • WR Collin Johnson stood out with a deep, back-shoulder catch from QB Tyrod Taylor against CB Darren Evans.
  • CB Deonte Banks knocked away a pass late in practice before CB Amani Oruwariye intercepted another pass.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Friday evening (5:00-7:00PM). The practice is open to the public. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media.

Jul 262023
 
Brian Daboll and Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (July 26, 2023)

Brian Daboll and Saquon Barkley – © USA TODAY Sports

JULY 26, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their first summer training camp practice of the year on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“Today was really go out there and compete,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “There’s going to be a lot of mistakes that’ll be made. We’re going to try to put you in difficult situations; move on to the next play as quick as you can. Support your teammates. Go out there and play as hard and smart as you can. Again, today is kind of page one of the of the 2023 season. A long way to go, let’s just take it day by day and get better each day.”

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
The following players began training camp on injury or did-not-report lists:

  • Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List: WR Sterling Shepard (ACL), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL)
  • Active/Non-Football Injury (NFI) List: WR Jamison Crowder (calf)
  • Reserve/Did-Not-Report List: DL Vernon Butler

WR Jalin Hyatt (illness and heat related) left practice early with trainers, but later returned.

DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches suffered a concussion in a car accident while leaving the team’s facility. He is currently in the concussion protocol.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The focus of Day 1 of training camp was 7-on-7 and some 11-on-11 red zone drills. The players are not in full pads yet.
  • Bobby Okereke and Darrian Beavers started at inside linebacker.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Darnay Holmes, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Daniel Jones scrambled and threw a touchdown pass to RB Saquon Barkley, who made a fully-extended, toe-dragging catch for the score against S Xavier McKinney.
  • TE Darren Waller stood out throughout practice as the defense had problems covering him. Waller made a juggling catch in traffic near the goal line on a pass from QB Daniel Jones. Jones later connected with Waller for two more touchdowns.
  • Both TE Darren Waller and WR Parris Campbell were used out of the backfield.
  • QB Daniel Jones threw a dart to WR Parris Campbell for a touchdown (Jones connected with Campbell on two scores). Jones then threw another dart to WR Cole Beasley on a slant pattern for a touchdown against CB Darnay Holmes. Beasley received a lot of first-team reps.
  • QB Daniel Jones threw a touchdown to a diving TE Daniel Bellinger in the corner of the end zone.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Joshua Ezeudu, OC Ben Bredeson, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • QB Daniel Jones scored on a designed run on the edge of the defense.
  • WR Jalin Hyatt flashed his speed on an end-around for a touchdown.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, QB Daniel Jones threw a touchdown to WR Isaiah Hodgins against CB Deonte Banks.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor threw three touchdowns to David Sills, and one each to WR Kalil Pimpleton and WR Collin Johnson.
  • WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton flashed and caught a touchdown pass from QB Tommy Devito.
  • QB Tommy Devito also threw two touchdowns to WR Jaydon Mickens and another to RB James Robinson.
  • ILB Micah McFadden and S Dane Belton broke up a passes.
  • TE Lawrence Cager also caught a touchdown pass.
  • One caveat with all of the touchdown passes. Some came after the quarterback was forced to hold onto the ball because no one was open.

GENERAL MANAGER JOE SCHOEN AND HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Joe Schoen’s and Brian Daboll’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Thursday morning (10:00-11:45AM). The practice is open to the public. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media.

Jul 212023
 
Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen, New York Giants (January 11, 2023)

Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen – © USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants shocked much of the football world in 2022 by making the playoffs and winning a playoff game. Rookie Head Coach Brian Daboll was awarded “Coach of the Year” honors. On paper, the team followed this up with a strong offseason in terms of both free agency and the draft. Nevertheless, the Giants still finished third in their own division and face a far tougher schedule in 2023. It is certainly possible that the team may be better this year but fail to make the playoffs.

Most pundits believe the Philadelphia Eagles are in a league of their own in the NFC. The Dallas Cowboys are widely believed to still be better than the Giants as well. The short-term goal is to attempt to close the gap between the Giants and those two teams that went 5-0 against the Giants last year.

Much depends on the answers to these questions:

  1. Can Daniel Jones reward the Giants for their faith in him? In a few months, Daniel Jones went from lame duck quarterback on his way out of the Big Apple to being re-signed to a 4-year, $160 million deal. The team appears financially committed to him in a significant way for at least two years. Many think this was a huge mistake and mock Jones and the Giants. Others say Jones may have developed into a middle-of-the-road quarterback, he will never be in the upper tier category. Joe Schoen, Brian Daboll, and Daniel Jones don’t share those views and are eager to prove doubters wrong. For the Giants to seriously compete for the division title and more, Daniel Jones must build upon his 2022 campaign and reach new heights. There will be a greater emphasis on pushing the ball down the field and increasing scoring.
  2. How much of a hissy fit will Saquon Barkley throw and how big of a distraction will it be? Regardless of where you come down on Saquon Barkley’s contract situation, the hands of the franchise were tied as soon as the July 17th deadline passed. The team cannot offer him a multi-year deal now until January 2024. Thus, any holdout into training camp, preseason, or regular season is pointless other than telling the team something they already know, and that he isn’t happy. The more time he misses, the more likely he will not be in sync with the starters as a runner, receiver, and blocker. And the more likely he will not be in football shape and suffer a soft-tissue injury. Then there will be the endless questions for coaches and players from the media about Barkley’s status. The sooner this is over, the better. There isn’t anything Barkley and the Giants can do now to improve his contract situation, but Barkley certainly can punish the New York Giants and his teammates if he decides he wants to be petty about this.
  3. Once again, isn’t it the offensive line stupid? The team’s offensive line situation has not been good for over ten years now. Mainly due to the play of left tackle Andrew Thomas, the arrow was finally pointing up last year but there were issues at the other four spots for much of the 2022 season. Most eyes will be on Evan Neal at right tackle, a player the Giants selected with the seventh overall pick in 2022. But John Michael Schmitz is a rookie and there will be growing pains at center. Mark Glowinski needs to play better at right guard and the left guard spot seems to be wide open, with Ben Bredeson and Josh Ezeudu the main contenders. The Giants don’t have to look further than their own division to understand the opportunities and risks. The Eagles have demonstrated conclusively what an outstanding line can do for an offense, and the entire division is loaded with threatening defensive fronts. The better the line, the better Daniel Jones and all of the skill positions will look. The reverse is also true.
  4. Who starts at wide receiver and will they scare the opposition? The Giants have the numbers. And they have gotten rid of unproductive performers such as Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney. But questions remain about how much better the team really has gotten at this position. Opinions vary. It’s up to the players to prove they can get open and make big plays on a consistent basis. Based on spring workouts, the early favorites to start are Parris Campbell, Isaiah Hodgins, and Darius Slayton. Injury issues exist with Wan’Dale Robinson and Sterling Shepard. Others pressing for playing time and starting roles include Jalin Hyatt, Collin Johnson, and Jamison Crowder.
  5. Can Darren Waller stay healthy and regain his previous form? Everyone who saw Darren Waller practice in the spring raved about his ability. That’s good news for a guy who turns 31 in September. However, ankle, knee, and hamstring issues caused him to miss 13 games the past two years. If he can stay healthy and regain his 2019-2020 form, the Giants offense instantly transforms into a more dangerous animal. This is especially true with the surprising Daniel Bellinger also on the roster at tight end.
  6. Can Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari become consistent pass rushing threats? Both players have demonstrated they can do it. Now both need to stay on the field and do it game in and game out. Thibodeaux’s December 18th game against Washington was reminiscent of Lawrence Taylor, but he was held to four sacks in 2022. He has the potential to triple that figure, but results matter. On the other hand, Ojulari had five sacks in the seven games he played. If Thibodeaux and Ojulari can stay healthy, it is not crazy to think they could combine for 20 sacks or more. That would push the defense into a different tier.
  7. Can the defense improve against the run? The Giants were a dreadful 27th against the run in 2022. That won’t cut it, particularly in the NFC East. To address the problem, the Giants added inside linebacker Bobby Okereke and defensive tackles Rakeem Nunez-Roches and A’Shawn Robinson in free agency. Even cornerback Deonte Banks should help in run support given his physical style.
  8. How will Deonte Banks play as a rookie? It’s unusual for rookie cornerbacks to play as well as Sauce Gardner did in 2022. Most of the time, there are significant growing pains. That will be even more noticeable in Wink Martindale’s aggressive press coverage schemes. The sooner Deonte Banks matures as a player, the better the entire defense will be, not just in coverage but in terms of rushing the passer as the two are interconnected.
  9. Can Adoree’ Jackson stay healthy? For the fourth year in a row, and second year with the Giants, Adoree’ Jackson was not able to complete a full season due to injuries. It’s one of the reasons why the Titans most likely cut Jackson. Depth behind Jackson and Banks is still suspect. The Giants need Jackson to stay on the field.
  10. Who replaces Julian Love? Julian Love was a stabilizing presence in a secondary that slammed with injuries. He led the team in tackles and was able to play multiple positions in a pinch, including free safety when Xavier McKinney missed most of the second-half of the season. With Love in Seattle, Nick McCloud, Bobby McCain, Jason Pinnock, and Dane Belton all get their chance.
  11. Who wins the slot corner job? Darnay Holmes is a physical, aggressive player but he also was a handsy corner who was flagged nine times and exposed at key moments late in contests. He will face a stiff challenge from Cor’Dale Flott.
  12. Who is the second inside linebacker? Bobby Okereke is the main man in the middle and will serve as a three-down linebacker inside. When the Giants do employ defensive packages with two inside linebackers, who starts next to Okereke remains to be determined. A leading contender, Jarrad Davis, was lost for the season. Second-year linebackers Micah McFadden and Darrian Beavers are now on the spot.
  13. Can the Giants settle on some decent returners? Like the offensive line, the Giants seem incapable of fixing the return game. The team hasn’t had consistent, legitimate threats at punt and kick returner since Dwayne Harris. Last year, this issue significantly affected the entire team when Adoree’ Jackson was lost for the second-half of the season returning punts.
  14. Are the Giants OK at punter? Jamie Gillan was the 25th-ranked net punter in 2022. Some of that is on his coverage teams, but the strong-legged Gillan needs to become more consistent and reliable. If not, the Giants may be eyeing who is on the open market.
  15. Can the team get out of training camp relatively healthy? If you’re a Giants fan, no explanation is needed here. The team has already lost Jarrad Davis before camp even started.