Last year really wasn’t much more than one. Now there may be three. That’s right, the Giants have a line that handles debt repayments.
Safety Gabriel Peppers had 15 reps last season and averaged 12.5 yards. Cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson, signed as a free agent, had 53 returns in the Titans’ career and an average of 8.8 yards. Receiver Kadarius Tony, the first round of the Giants’ drafts, had 11 turns last season in Florida, averaging 12.6 yards, and took one back for a touchdown.
Peppers, who carries a full load in defense and usually does not leave the field throughout the game, likes to have the ball in his hands.
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Tony could be that player. He missed a punt during a special team period during a mini-camp practice, screamed and clapped his hands in disgust. He caught the next one sailing in his path.
“He is what he is; he’s electric, “said special forces coordinator Thomas McGough.” He can do some things. But right now he just has to come in here with all the other recruits and adapt to what we do and how we do it. You saw the tape. You know his ability and what he can do with the ball in his hands, but right now he just has to come in here and win the trust of his teammates.This job as a comeback in this league, it’s a huge job and great responsibility. That’s the main focus right now. “
It is not difficult to conclude that McGoughy was intrigued by Tony.
“He has some skills, he definitely has,” McGough said. “He’s a good young player who needs to understand what it takes to be a professional, and you know, he’s just learning how to work as a professional. But he definitely has exceptional talent. We have all seen this. “
Defense coordinator Patrick Graham is hardly the man he was last season. He lost a lot of weight in the second year with the giants and his body and face were noticeably cut.
“It was the hardest part of my life at the end of last year, so I had to look in the mirror and fix it,” Graham said. “I’m just trying to show some discipline for change outside the office. Show a little discipline by sitting at a table. Be a good example for the players. “
During the post-2020 hiring cycle, the 42-year-old Graham had the opportunity to interview for the Jets head coach’s vacancy, which was filled by Robert Saleh, but Graham chose not to meet with the Jets. This was an unusual move, as coordinators often focused on upward mobility.
“Every time opportunities arise, you’re excited,” Graham said. “It has a lot less in common with me and more with the boys, the players here, we played a decent defense as the year progressed, a lot of room for growth. For me, the Giants, it’s my dream job to be here as a protective coordinator for the New York Giants. That’s why I’m glad to be here. I don’t know, there’s nothing against them or anything like that. I’m just happy to be a giant from New York. “
Relaxing on what positions single-digit shirts could wear, Peppers hoped to finally reach No. 5, his number in Michigan, and high school in New Jersey at Paramus Catholic and Don Bosco Prep. One problem: Graham Gano, a veteran kick, has number 5. Peppers has offered to pay to get the number, but Gano has not yet accepted any offer.
“I tried, but he didn’t move,” Peppers said. “You know, I’m thinking of teasing him. I still probably have a month to try to see what I can do, to try to swing it my way. But it doesn’t look too good right now. “