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Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants (August 24, 2020)

Jabrill Peppers – Courtesy of New York Giants

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Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy, cornerback Corey Ballentine, and safety Jabrill Peppers ran penalty laps.
  • Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham kicked players out of drills for missing assignments.
  • With Spencer Pulley still out, Nick Gates remained the starter at center. However, Matt Peart received some first-team reps at left tackle with Andrew Thomas receiving some snaps at right tackle.
  • Tight end Evan Engram was very active in 7-on-7 drills.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, quarterback Alex Tanney threw a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Sterling Shepard against cornerback Dravon Askew-Henry.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, wide receiver Sterling Shepard made a good block to spring running back Saquon Barkley.
  • Running back Dion Lewis impressed with his burst on inside runs.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram over safety Jabrill Peppers and followed that up with a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Sterling Shepard over safety Julian Love as cornerback Corey Ballentine fell on the play.
  • Wide receiver Binjimen Victor made a diving catch on a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy.
  • In red zone drills, quarterback Colt McCoy threw a touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram over safety Jabrill Peppers.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver David Sills, who spun and reached high for the pass.
  • Safety Jabrill Peppers broke up a pass intended for tight end Evan Engram from quarterback Daniel Jones.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones rolled to his left, threw across his body, and found running back Wayne Gallman for the touchdown.
  • Quarterback Colt McCoy threw a touchdown pass to running back Javon Leake.
  • Linebacker Carter Coughlin smartly stayed at home to defend a gadget play.
  • Despite completing three straight passes to wide receiver Binjimen Victor, quarterback Daniel Jones could not get the team into the end zone during the 2-minute drill. One pass was broken up by cornerback Christian Angulo and another dropped.
  • Linebacker Lorenzo Carter was disruptive during the 2-minute drill, making a sure open-field tackle and “sacking” the quarterback.
  • Place kicker Graham Gano was 5-of-5 on field goal attempts.
  • The Giants have provided a 28-minute video review of today’s practice on YouTube.

Safety Xavier McKinney (left foot fracture), linebacker David Mayo (torn meniscus in left knee), linebacker Blake Martinez (unknown), center Spencer Pulley (unknown), safety Nate Ebner (unknown), safety Jaquarius Landrews, and tight end Rysen John (unknown) did not practice.

The New York Giants have signed running back Tavien Feaster and waived wide receiver Tony Brown. The 5-11, 221-pound Feaster was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2020 NFL Draft. The Jaguars cut him earlier this month when they reduced their roster to 80 players. The Giants claimed Brown off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns in early August 2020.

The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at YouTube.

The New York Giants hold an intra-squad scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on Friday night (7:15-10:00PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media after the scrimmage.

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Markus Golden, New York Giants (September 8, 2019)

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Although he has not yet been officially signed, free agent linebacker Markus Golden has reported to New York Giants training camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey. According to media reports, Golden is currently being tested for COVID-19 by the team. (He has to pass three tests over a 4-day period).

Back in late April, the New York Giants placed a seldom-used “May 5” tender on Golden, who had been an unrestricted free agent. Unless Golden signed with another team by July 22, the tender would enable the Giants to maintain exclusive signing rights until the 10th week of the 2020 NFL season. That deadline passed without Golden signing. Golden is expected to sign his 1-year, $4.125 million tender (which is 100 percent of his 2019 salary).

The Giants signed Golden as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2019. Golden had a strong debut season with the Giants in 2019, starting all 16 games, playing 83 percent of all defensive snaps, accruing a career-high 72 tackles, and team-high 10 sacks.

The 6’3”, 260-pound Golden was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. Golden’s break-out season was in 2016 at linebacker when he accrued 51 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He missed 12 games in 2017 with an ACL injury. While he returned in 2018, he missed five games and saw his production slip to 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

The New York Giants have signed offensive lineman Nick Gates to a contract extension. The deal is reportedly 2-contract, $6.825 million contract that could increase to $10.325 million and includes a $1.5 million signing bonus. The Giants originally signed Gates as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He missed all of 2018 with a foot injury that caused him to be placed on Injured Reserve before the season started. In 2019, Gates was active for all 16 games with three starts (two starts at right tackle and one start at right guard). Despite his inexperience, Gates played decently in those three games. He’s a versatile player with good size (6’6”, 318 pounds) and some athleticism. Gates may also be in the mix at center.

The New York Giants have claimed wide receiver Tony Brown off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The 22-year old, 6’1”, 192-pound Brown was signed as an unrestricted rookie free agent by the Browns after the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Giants officially announced the previously-reported signing of place kicker Chandler Catanzaro on Saturday. Catanzaro was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cardinals (2014-2016), New York Jets (2017, 2019), and Carolina Panthers (2018). Catanzaro retired from football in August 2019 after struggling in the preseason against the Giants. In five NFL seasons (2014-2018), Catanzaro was 119-of-142 (83.8 percent) on field goal attempts and 182-of-196 (92.9 percent) extra point attempts. Sixty percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.