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AUGUST 3, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their ninth full-team summer training camp practice on Saturday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The complete public training camp schedule is available at Giants.com.

ROSTER MOVES…
The New York Giants have placed linebacker Mark McLaurin on Injured Reserve with a broken foot and waived defensive end Alex Jenkins. To fill these roster spots, the Giants signed defensive end/linebacker Terrence Fede and claimed linebacker Joey Alfieri off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants signed McLaurin, a collegiate safety, as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Giants signed Jenkins after he impressed as a tryout player during the 2019 rookie mini-camp. Born in England, Jenkins was part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program and spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the Practice Squad of the New Orleans Saints.

The 27-year old, 6’4”, 267-pound Fede was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. In four seasons with the Dolphins, Fede played in 51 regular-season games with no starts, accruing 55 tackles and one sack. Fede signed with the Buffalo Bills in April 2018 but was waived before the season started.

The 6’3”, 239-pound Alfieri was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Eagles after the 2019 NFL Draft.

INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Darius Slayton (hamstring), wide receiver Brittan Golden (groin), offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei (concussion), offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (unknown), defensive lineman John Jenkins (unknown), linebacker Avery Moss (unknown), cornerback Grant Haley (shoulder), and cornerback Sam Beal (hamstring) did not practice on Saturday.

MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • With CB Grant Haley out, Julian Love was the first-team nickel corner.
  • In red zone drills, CB Corey Ballentine closed quickly to knock away a pass from QB Daniel Jones. Then Ballentine made a heck of a play with a leaping interception of a Jones fade pass to WR Al0nzo Russell. Ballentine later had another pass break-up.
  • QB Alex Tanney threw a touchdown pass to WR Amba Etta-Tawo, beating LB Nate Stupar.
  • In one five-wide formation, the Giants had both RB Saquon Barkley and TE Evan Engram line up outside.
  • QB Daniel Jones overthrew WR Alonzo Russell deep.
  • CB/S Julian Love broke up a QB Daniel Jones pass intended for WR Reggie White, Jr.
  • CB Deandre Baker closed very fast on broke up a QB Kyle Lauletta pass over the middle intended for WR Da’Mari Scott.
  • WR Bennie Fowler dropped one pass, but caught three others in 11-on-11 drills.
  • CB Henre’ Tolliver broke up a pass.
  • QB Eli Manning finished 8-of-11; QB Daniel Jones was 5-of-13.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGN RB ROD SMITH…
The New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent running back Rod Smith (Dallas Cowboys). The 27-year old, 6’3”, 235-pound Smith was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 NFL Draft. He was released by Seattle in October 2015. The Cowboys claimed him off of waivers and he played with the Cowboys until the end of the 2018 season. Smith has played in 49 regular-season games with two starts, carrying the ball 101 times for 364 yards and five touchdowns. He also has caught 30 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown.

NEW YORK GIANTS ASSISTANT COACH MEDIA SESSIONS…
Transcripts and video clips of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following position coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

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GIANTS HIRE MIKE DAWSON AND HENRY BAKER…
The New York Giants have officially hired Mike Dawson as outside linebackers coach and Henry Baker as assistant defensive backs coach.

“We are thrilled to add Mike and Henry to our coaching staff,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “They are both outstanding teachers, communicators and motivators. They are also great people, and we look forward to both of them contributing to our success.”

Dawson replaces Rob Leonard, who had served as assistant linebackers coach and was hired away by the Miami Dolphins in January. Bill McGovern, who worked with Dawson when both were coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles and Boston College Eagles, remains the team’s linebackers coach.

Dawson served as defensive line coach for Central Florida (2016-2017) and Nebraska (2018) in recent years. He was the assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014-2015.

Baker replaces Deshea Townsend, who was hired away by the Chicago Bears last month. Baker will serve under Defensive Backs Coach Lou Anarumo.

In recent years, Baker has served as cornerbacks coach at Delaware (2011-2016), Rutgers (2017), and North Carolina (2018). He had re-joined the Rutgers staff this offseason before opting for the Giants. Baker participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Detroit Lions during the 2015 preseason camp and in 2016 with the New York Giants.

Outside Linebackers Coach Mike Dawson

  • 2019-Present: Outside Linebackers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018: Defensive Line Coach, University of Nebraska
  • 2016-2017: Defensive Line Coach, University of Central Florida
  • 2014-2015: Assistant Defensive Line Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2013: Defensive Quality Control Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2009-2011: Special Teams Coach, Boston College
  • 2006-2008: Linebackers Coach, University of Akron
  • 2004-2005: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2002-2003: Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2001: Offensive Line Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2000: Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 1999: Graduate Assistant, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1998: Defensive Assistant, University of Maine
  • 1998: Defensive Line Coach, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Defensive End and Linebacker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1995-1997)

Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Henry Baker

  • 2019-Present: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Cornerbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, Rutgers University
  • 2018: Cornerbacks Coach, University of North Carolina
  • 2017: Cornerbacks Coach, Rutgers University
  • 2013-2016: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Delaware
  • 2012: Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach, University of Delaware
  • 2011: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Delaware
  • 2010: Defensive Backs Coach, East Stroudsburg University
  • 2008-2009: Defensive/Special Teams Assistant, University of Maryland
  • 2007: Assistant Coach, South Miami High School (Florida)
  • 2005-2006: Assistant Coach, Eastside High School (New Jersey)
  • 2003: Assistant Coach, Eastside High School (New Jersey)
  • 2001: Recruiting Intern, University of Maryland
  • Pro Experience: Defensive Back for Kansas City Chiefs (2003)
  • Collegiate Experience: Defensive Back, University of Maryland (1994-1997)

A complete list of the team’s coaching staff is available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.