The mandatory mini-camp of the New York Giants is over. Here are some observations from a light Thursday practice from all three days in general.
A race? Not this week
Head coach Joe Judge said in late May that the players knew the team would work through voluntary spring practices and the mandatory mini-camp, “given their safety.” He added that “we want to avoid clashes in this part of the camp” and that the practices will be at a controlled pace with little competition.
At the beginning of the mandatory mini-camp, the referee repeated this, saying that the goal was “focus No. 1
The judge was true to his word.
There was virtually no competition during the three-day mini-camp. At present, the practices are without pads and are contactless.
The giants did work 7 on 7 and 11 on 11, but did so without any physical form. There was little contact between the attacking commander and the defenders. Defensive backs simply overshadowed the receivers and in no way challenged the catch.
“I understand what OTA is all about,” said corner defender James Bradbury. “It’s about us building these repetitions, getting this chemistry and also learning defense. You also don’t want anyone to be hurt. When you play where there are guys who come at full speed and break passes, you are likely to get injured. We have no pads. “
If you’re looking for things like “exclusive players” from mini-camps or bubbles / free agents who aren’t made up, who may have improved their chances of making the team, I can’t give you those. There just wasn’t enough live action to make any credible judgment on this type of question.
The Giants played man-to-person coverage just 23 percent of the time last season, according to Sports Info Solutions. This is the 26th place in the league.
Defense coordinator Patrick Graham didn’t want to stand up and say so. With the addition of Adoree ‘Jackson and Aaron Robinson in cornerback, Xavier McKinney healthy and Logan Ryan with the team from the beginning of this season, but this ratio will almost certainly change.
“I know we didn’t play a lot of men last year, but we chose places to play. Again, like these boys last year, they did a good job of what we asked them to do. By mixing another area and then we had a man in the aisle. But again, I don’t know what the recipe will be for this year, “Graham said. “But I don’t want to be – I’m not saying it was, but I don’t want to show disrespect to the boys who were here last year, who are not here. I mean, Adoree’s brings another element, Aaron Robinson, Darnay, they bring another element into it. Will we probably be more human? Probably.
“But it’s always good to have this problem, so we will try to do the best for this game, this game plan. But you have to play human coverage in this league, period, ball and obviously six wins last year, we didn’t do enough in defense, so damn it; we consider all options, whether it is blitz more, blitz less, play less zone, play more man, we need a lot of options. Six victories will not reduce it. “
Graham will not receive any complaints from Jackson if he is charged with very difficult tasks from person to person.
“The NFL is a passing league, so whether it’s a person, a zone, a game, whatever, you just have to be able to play and be multi-functional,” Jackson told Zoom on Thursday. “Almost everything in the field becomes human anyway … it really doesn’t matter, you just have to have good eyes and try to make plays.”
Jackson said that “the best part of a defensive game is a 1-on-1 game with a wide receiver.
Note by Daniel Jones
Broad successor Darius Slayton said Jones was “misled” and “actually has cuts in his hands.”
These things may be new. One thing that is old and still looks annoying is that Jones showed some hesitation to get rid of the ball on Tuesday and Wednesday.
I’m not happy that I didn’t pick it up on Wednesday, to be honest. Giant State’s Pat Train and I were discussing Jones’ indecision when she put a stopwatch on half a dozen of his throws.
Punt return options
Gabriel Peppers did well with the return of blows for the giants last season, averaging 12.5 yards on 15 returns.
This year Peppers has a company. Cadarius Tony’s first-round pick was an excellent return to Florida. The adored Jackson also returned the hinges.
Special Forces Coordinator Thomas McGough said this week that the Giants would not give up on the use of Peppers, but were apparently intrigued by the possibilities with “electric” Toney.
This week, McGough made it clear that Tony would have to win the job to return.
“Kadarius, you saw him on tape.” It is as it is. It is electric. 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’re doing and how we’re doing it, “McGough said. “You saw his tape in college.” 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 a big responsibility. “
Bye for now
When Tom Coughlin was the Giants’ head coach, he usually sent his players out of the spring practice with a reminder to remember that they represented the Giants even when they were away from the facility. Call it gentle or perhaps less gentle speech.
There are a few more OTA practices and some rookies that still need to be done, but the spring work has already been done mainly for the giants. So I asked Joe Judge, concluding his first off-season program on the spot as a Giants head coach, what his message would be to the players when they leave for their summer vacation.
The judge’s response was more technical than commanding.
“There will be many things we are talking about logistically today, preparing for camp. Generally speaking, we will talk to the team about training, keeping fit, making the right decisions off the field. There are many resources for us in this building and it is important for us to stay connected throughout the summer. When they need something, we are always available. In general, this is the message – said the judge. “We will meet individually with our players by position and find out what their plans are for the summer. We will finish with summer goals, goals of the training camp. This will not be the last time we all see it. We will still have OTA next week on Monday and Tuesday and we will be able to meet extensively with some of the guys here. “
The players and coaches of the giants have given up discussing the COVID-19 vaccine. A referee, Evan Engram and others said there had not been much discussion about whether players should be vaccinated, despite the loosening of protocols.
Cornerback James Bradbury was asked about the vaccine on Thursday. You will remember that Bradbury missed a game last season as a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
“I haven’t talked to anyone on the vaccination team. Of course, this is a personal matter. “These guys can make the best decision for them,” Bradbury said. “I’m still trying to get all the information about vaccinations and other things so I can make a decision. Of course, I don’t want to miss a single game, I can miss – as for an injury or another, COVID. “
Bradbury admitted that the vaccine “would certainly help him not to miss a game last season.
“I have to get all the information. He still has to make a personal decision. It will be a personal decision for me, “said Bradbury. “I haven’t figured out the answers yet.”
Practical observations on Thursday
- Going out for full practice on Wednesday, first round Kadarius Tony was released from training on Thursday due to family urgency.
- Riley Dixon was deliberately hitting some strange-looking hinges on Thursday. Together with AP Giants reporter Tom Canavan, the only description we came up with was a helicopter. Dixon dropped the elongated ball and struck it with a helicopter blade. The effect was to make the ball act like a fading shot in golf, meaning a shot by a right-handed player moving to the right while in flight. They seemed insanely difficult to convict and catch. Darnay Holmes will probably agree, as he released two of them and barely hung on a third.
- Placekicker Graham Gano entered his only job in a mini-camp at the end of training on Thursday. He tried and seems to score about four or five field goals.