Aug 082022
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Tyrod Taylor, New York Giants (July 29, 2022)

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Knowing I don’t get to watch the practice film, I have to try and focus on specific groups / position battles. I have put a lot of attention in the trenches so far, thus today I was almost completely focused on the skill positions.


-The two duds of the day were Kadarius Toney and Daniel Jones. Toney dropped two passes in full speed team drills and dropped THREE balls in half-speed positional drills. The ones he did snag were double catches, too much wiggle after contact. This was very bizarre to me. Like I always say, you can’t over-analyze the good or bad in camp (especially without the film) but this stood out. You see drops here and there, rarely from the starters, but three? He missed more than he caught at half speed without a defender in the area. He was shaking his finger after one, maybe he hurt it?

-Jones threw two interceptions. Both stemmed from mistakes I expect to see from a first- or second-year player. The first was a loft on a ball that did not need to be lofted. He had Collin Johnson open (loved the route concept) but simply did not put enough zip on it. My guess for the reason behind that was a lack of confidence in where the underneath coverage was. Great play on the ball by Xavier McKinney. The second INT was a slightly delayed decision but had more to do with poor ball placement.

-WanDale Robinson caught the ball in those individual drills the way I would want Toney to. He was quick with his hands, looked the ball in, and secured it upon contact. Kenny Golladay made a couple of nice grabs away from his body too. Golladay was targeted more during team drills. The separation isn’t there at all. They are trying to get him the ball on comeback routes, short-sudden throws. He did make a couple of physical grabs with Aaron Robinson all over him.

-Saquon Barkley with another strong day. The juice and power were on full display when he got in space. I am encouraged to not see him shy away from contact the way he was last year.

-Matt Breida was not practicing today. Antonio Williams (who I still believe is the most physical north-south runner) did not get enough going on the ground. There wasn’t a lot of room for him but he isn’t a guy who will create much himself. He runs tight.

-The backup receivers had a bit more success (albeit against the backup DBs). Collin Johnson has developed into a solid player from his days at Texas. He has clearly spent time in the weight room and there is a little more bend and flexibility to his frame that was very tight coming out of college. He appears to be the favorite of Tyrod Taylor and was getting looks with the 1’s.

-Robert Foster was the backup / roster hopeful who stood out the most. He made two outstanding acrobatic grabs and Richie James looked untouchable with the ball in his hands. Both of these guys will need the special teams coaches to like them in order to make the roster, but I like the playmaking potential they bring to the table.

-I got some looks at the tight ends and backs in a pass protection drill. While this is always tilted in the favor or the defenders, it was ugly. Daniel Bellinger got roasted on all three attempts I saw, and it wasn’t close. Cam Brown got him twice and Darian Beavers got him once. The best blocker of the group was the one who also made the best catch in team drills, Jordan Akins. I know the job will belong to Bellinger, but if I had to win one game and I needed my most reliable TE out there, it is Akins. I think we will see a TE signed in a few weeks.

-The final statement I will make may be premature. But I am removing any emotion from it. I hope you can do the same. If I walked in off the street and did not know who Daniel Jones or Tyrod Taylor were. If I did not know their age, when they were drafted, etc. I would, without question, say that Taylor looks like the better QB. Not just the interceptions. I am talking about the fluidity in the pocket, the ball placement, the quickness to get the ball out, the confidence. That is all on that for now.


-Xavier McKinney with the play of the day. I had a great angle on it and his read on the QB was excellent, the tracking of the ball was excellent, the burst to the ball was excellent, and he finished it off with a receiver-caliber grab.

-Darian Beavers is already making noise. I knew Martindale would like him. He was getting plenty of action with the 1’s when they took Martinez off of the field. The best run stop of the day was a goal line stop by Beavers who shot right through a front side crease with full power and gave a shock to Barkley. He knows what he is doing.

-Leonard Williams was abusing the interior offensive line. The new, confusion-based scheme may be an ideal fit for him. He has the plus quickness and elite-level power to take advantage of a blocker on his heels in a way most DTs do not.

-Aaron Robinson was sticky in coverage. He was often matched up against Golladay, so that isn’t saying much. But he passed the test of staying sticky without getting too grabby. He broke up a pass early in team drills without locating the ball. He stuck his hand out at the last second based on the receiver’s reaction to the pass, a high level play.

-Darnay Holmes appears to have a certain rapport with Martindale. Just watching the two interact, it looks different. Holmes looks confident in this aggressive role. They send him and Love on blitzes so often. Eventually Holmes will have to prove he can cover someone, but this role and this scheme may be ideal for him.

-Andrew Adams and Yusef Corker continue to stand out against the backups. I have to think those two easily have the backup jobs locked up based on their placements on the depth chart and overall performance.

-Julian Love sniffed out a jet sweep in an instant. He is sniffing out the play-action and misdirection well. A classic right-place, right-time player, which is exactly what you want from the position.

-The final note I’ll leave is a positive. Even though I spent most of my time there looking at the skill positions, Kayvon Thibodeaux stood out again. He had at least one sack against Andrew Thomas. I don’t think camp could have started better for him, and I mean that. He looks like such a natural on so many fronts.


Do some people overreact and pile on to the “offense is struggling” train? Sure. It is A LOT easier to look sloppy on offense than it is on defense in this environment. I think most teams experience it tilting in that direction this time of year. But this is concerning because it is beyond sloppy. Several drops, multiple turnovers, struggles at the line getting set up pre-snap. I would assume the general feeling inside that building is that side of the ball needs to be further along than where they are now. Nobody can put the nail in the coffin right now and anyone that does needs to sit down and relax with a beer. But with each day that we do not see improvement, the more momentum we get into the possibility that we will be hearing the boo-birds at MetLife during the regular season.

The frustration appears to be growing, as seen with the brawl and long talk from Brian Daboll afterward.

The New York Giants have signed free agent offensive lineman Eric Smith, who was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. The 26-year old, 6’4”, 308-pound Smith was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Miami Dolphins after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Dolphins (2017-2018), New England Patriots (2018), New York Jets (2018-2019), Giants (2019-2020), Dallas Cowboys (2020-2021), and Cardinals (2021–2022). Smith has played in four regular-season games, including two with the Giants in 2019, but with no starts.

The following players remain on injury lists:

  • Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List: WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles), OC Nick Gates (leg), and OT Matt Peart (knee)
  • Reserve/Non-Football Injury (NFI) List: LB Azeez Ojulari (hamstring)

RB Matt Breida (maintenance day), TE Andre Miller (unknown), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (unknown), OL Josh Ezeudu (unknown), LB Carter Coughlin (unknown), CB Rodarius Williams (returning from ACL), and S Dane Belton (broken left collarbone) did not practice.

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

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

The Giants practice Tuesday morning (10:00AM-noon). The practice is open to the public. The position coaches and select players will also address the media.

May 192022
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Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (May 19, 2022)

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The Giants held their third voluntary organized team activity (OTA) practice on Thursday, and first one open to the media. No live contact is permitted during OTAs, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

We’re on really our third practice day today,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “We’ll be inside. A little slick outside. Working on some 1st and 2nd down stuff. We’ve had two good days. I’d say we’ve improved a little bit each day, worked on some different situations. Still a long way to go, but it’s been a good start… We’ve had everybody here… We’ve had, I’d say, exceptional attendance… It’s just good to have all the guys here so we can implement our stuff.”

The seven remaining OTA practices will be held on May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 3. A mandatory mini-camp will also be held June 7-9.

Players wearing red jerseys because of injury issues included WR Kenny Golladay, WR Kadarius Toney, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Collin Johnson, WR Richie James, WR Austin Proehl, OT Andrew ThomasOC Nick Gates, OT Matt Peart, OL Jamil Douglas, ILB Blake Martinez, OLB Quincy Roche, ILB Cam Brown, ILB T.J. Brunson, and CB Rodarius Williams. Some of these players participated in practice, while others did not.

Yeah, so we’ll have some guys in red jerseys today,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “Some can do a little bit more than others. Some are rehabbing. There will be I’d say a number of guys right now in red jerseys. I’m not going to get into the specifics of it right now at this point in time, but you guys will end up seeing them… (Gates) had a tough injury, but he’s done a good job with his rehab. Probably still a little bit a ways away. I’d say him and Matt Peart, they’re rehabbing every single day, getting better each day, so we’ll see where they’re at.”

Not present were WR Wan’Dale Robinson (NFL rookie symposium), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (personal), and DL Dexter Lawrence (personal).

Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The starting offensive line was LT Korey Cunningham, LG Shane Lemieux, OC Jon Feliciano, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • The second-team offensive line was LT Devery HamiltonLG Joshua EzeuduOC Ben Bredeson, RG Marcus McKethan, and RT Matt Gono. Max Garcia also alternated with Bredeson at center. McKethan also saw reps at right tackle.
  • TE Daniel Bellinger received first-team reps. He made a nice catch on an out route from QB Daniel Jones.
  • First team defense had Leonard Williams and Justin Ellis on the defensive line. They were backed up by David Moa and D.J. Davidson. Third-team defensive line was Chris Hinton and Jalyn Holmes.
  • Blake Martinez and Tae Crowder were the first-team inside linebackers; Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari worked outside. Second-team was Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin inside and Jihad Ward and Elerson Smith outside. Third-team was T.J. Brunson and Justin Hilliard inside and Oshane Ximines and Niko Lalos outside.
  • Adoree’ Jackson and Aaron Robinson were the first-team cornerbacks with Darnay Holmes serving as the nickel corner. Second-team was Zyon Gilbert and Darren Evans outside with Cor’Dale Flott in the slot. The third-team was Michael Jacquet and Maurice Canady outside with Khalil Dorsey in the slot.
  • The first-team safeties were Xavier McKinney and Julian Love. Second-team was Jarren Williams and Dane Belton; third-team was Yusuf Corker and Henry Black.
  • Offensively, the team showed a ton of empty sets and pre-snap motion. There was an emphasis on RPOs. QB Daniel Jones made a big gain on a designed run.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Davis Webb scrambled and threw a long touchdown pass to WR C.J. Board.
  • QB Daniel Jones badly overthrew one pass that was intercepted by S Julian Love.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor made a perfect deep sideline throw to WR Robert Foster over CB Zyon Gilbert.
  • LB Kayvon Thibodeaux would have had a sack on QB Daniel Jones in team drills. Thibodeaux also had nice coverage on two other plays.
  • LB Jihad Ward, DL Jalyn Holmes, and DL Ryder Anderson would have had sacks on QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • WR Travis Toivonen, WR C.J. Board, and WR Alex Bachman were active catching the football.
  • Running backs Saquon Barkley, Matt Breida, Antonio Williams, and Gary Brightwell were active catching the football. Barkley lined up in the slot on one play. Breida showed a nice burst after the catch.
  • LB Darrian Beavers and LB Justin Hilliard forced incompletions with solid coverage.
  • CB Michael Jacquet broke up two passes.

    The Giants have signed free agent cornerback Michael Jacquet. To make room, the team also waived defensive lineman Antonio Valentino.

    The 25-year old, 6’1”, 203-pound Jacquet was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2020 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Jacquet played in seven games with two starts, accruing 18 tackles, one sack, three pass defenses, and one forced fumble. He spent time on both the Practice Squads of the Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021.

    Valentino was an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the Giants after the 2022 NFL Draft.

      Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at

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      Feb 162022
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      New York Giants Helmets (September 22, 2019)

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      Bob Papa has interviewed the New York Giants’ coordinators. The video is available at

      • Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka (Video)
      • Defensive Coordinator Don Martindale (Video)
      • Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey (Video)

      The Giants have signed wide receiver Austin Proehl, who spent time on the Practice Squad of the Buffalo Bills in 2021. The 26-year old, 5’10”, 175-pound Proehl was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Bills. He has spent time with the Bills (2018, 2021), Tennessee Titans (2018), Los Angeles Rams (2018-2019), Seattle Dragons (2020), San Francisco 49ers (2021), and Los Angeles Chargers (2021). Proehl has not played in an NFL regular-season game.

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      Thomas McGaughey, New York Giants (July 25, 2019)

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      The New York Giants have officially announced their coordinators under new Head Coach Brian Daboll:

      • Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka
      • Defensive Coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale
      • Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey

      “What we were looking for was intelligence, good communicators, good teachers that understood and were experts in their respective areas, and good teammates,” Daboll said. “I’ve known them, but I wouldn’t say (I’ve had ) a relationship (with any of them). I’ve known them throughout the years just being in the league.”

      34-year old Kafka resume:

      • 2022-Present: Offensive Coordinator, New York Giants
      • 2020-2021: Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 2018-2019: Quarterbacks Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 2017: Offensive Quality Control Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 2016: Graduate Assistant, Northwestern University

      “I think everything we do on offense will be a collaboration,” said Daboll. “I think we’ve hired good coaches, put together a good staff. We have a lot of work in front of us, and we look forward to building the New York Giants offense.

      “Mike obviously comes from (Chiefs Head Coach) Andy Reid and a good system at Kansas City. He was part of a winning program and culture. He did a great job in helping (quarterback) Patrick Mahomes develop. Played the position. Very smart, very thorough, very level-headed and a good teammate.”

      58-year old Martindale’s resume:

      • 2022-Present: Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
      • 2018-2021: Defensive Coordinator, Baltimore Ravens
      • 2016-2017: Linebackers Coach, Baltimore Ravens
      • 2012-2015: Inside Linebackers Coach, Baltimore Ravens
      • 2010: Defensive Coordinator, Denver Broncos
      • 2009: Linebackers Coach, Denver Broncos
      • 2006-2008: Linebackers Coach, Oakland Raiders
      • 2004-2005: Inside Linebackers Coach, Oakland Raiders
      • 2003: Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, Western Kentucky University
      • 2001-2002: Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, Western Kentucky University
      • 1999: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Western Illinois University
      • 1997-1998: Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, University of Cincinnati
      • 1996: Defensive Ends Coach, University of Cincinnati
      • 1994-1995: Defensive Assistant, University of Notre Dame
      • 1988-1993: Defensive Coordinator for three high schools in Ohio
      • 1987: Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach, Defiance College
      • 1986: Secondary Coach, Defiance College

      “Wink is a very good communicator, has a good personality, is energetic and very passionate about the way his defense needs to play,” Daboll said. “Another good teammate.”

      48-year old McGaughey’s resume:

      • 2018-Present: Special Teams Coordinator, New York Giants
      • 2017: Special Teams Coordinator, Carolina Panthers
      • 2016: Assistant Special Teams Coach, Carolina Panthers
      • 2015: Special Teams Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
      • 2014: Special Teams Coordinator, New York Jets
      • 2011-2013: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant, Louisiana State University
      • 2007-2010: Assistant Special Teams Coordinator, New York Giants
      • 2005-2006: Assistant Special Teams Coordinator, Denver Broncos
      • 2004: Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach, University of Houston
      • 2003: Special Teams Coordinator, University of Houston
      • 2002: Special Teams Intern, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 2002: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, Scottish Claymores (NFLE)
      • 2001: Pro Scouting Assistant, Houston Texans
      • 2001: Minority Intern, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 1998-2001: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, Willowridge High School (Houston, TX)
      • 1998: Graduate Assistant, University of Houston

      “I was very impressed with T-Mac’s overall knowledge of the kicking game and the things that we need to do to execute in that part of the game,” Daboll said. “He’s had a lot of experience, good evaluator and I would just say the same thing that I said about Mike and Wink – good communicator, detailed and a good teammate.”

      Feb 032022
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      Mike Kafka, Kansas City Chiefs (September 16, 2018)

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      Mike Garafolo of The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants are in the process of finalizing a contract with Mike Kafka that would make him the team’s offensive coordinator. The 34-year old Kafka has served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs since 2020. His resume:

      • 2020-2021: Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 2018-2019: Quarterbacks Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 2017: Offensive Quality Control Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
      • 2016: Graduate Assistant, Northwestern University
      • Pro Experience: Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles (2010–2012), New England Patriots (2013), Jacksonville Jaguars (2013), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014), Minnesota Vikings (2015), Tennessee Titans (2015), Cincinnati Bengals (2015)
      • Collegiate Experience: Quarterback, Northwestern University (2006-2009)

      The Giants reportedly interviewed Kafka on Wednesday. The team also was interested in Houston Texans Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Pep Hamilton (interviewed on Tuesday) and Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Chad O’Shea (interviewed on Thursday).

      Feb 022022
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      Shea Tierney, Buffalo Bills (August 7, 2018)

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      According to multiple sources, the New York Giants have hired Shea Tierney to be the team’s new quarterbacks coach. The 35-year old Tierney has served as the assistant quarterbacks coach of the Buffalo Bills since 2020. His resume:

      • 2020-2021: Assistant Quarterbacks Coach, Buffalo Bills
      • 2018-2019: Offensive Assistant, Buffalo Bills
      • 2016-2017: Offensive Analyst, University of Alabama
      • 2013-2015: Football Analyst/Coaching Intern, Philadelphia Eagles
      • 2011-2013: Offensive Graduate Assistant, North Carolina State University

      According to Adam Caplan of SiriusXMNFL, the New York Giants interviewed Mike Kafka in person today for the team’s offensive coordinator vacancy. The 34-year old Kafka haas served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs since 2020, after serving two seasons as exclusively the quarterbacks coach of the Chiefs in 2018-2019.

      It is believed that Head Coach Brian Daboll’s first preference for the position was Buffalo Bills Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Ken Dorsey. But Dorsey accepted a promotion from the Bills to be their offensive coordinator on Tuesday.

      The Giants are reportedly also interested in Houston Texans Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Pep Hamilton and Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Chad O’Shea for the offensive coordinator vacancy.