🔹 Dabøll moved the attack even further back on Friday and started driving in their own territory. While they didn’t get touchdowns, it didn’t come at the expense of any big plays (see below).
🔹 There were a few close calls, but the offense was clean for another day in the turnover department.
🔹 Saquon Barkley started the training with a nice catch-and-run up the sideline closest to the fans, who gave the star running back an ovation.
🔹 Daniel Jones kept the energy up with two deep completions to wide receiver Darius Slayton in the first 7-on-7 period. Explosive plays have been an emphasis – though not the only one – this offseason.
“You do a lot of research in the offseason,” Daboll said this week. “There are plays that you call to be explosive that might not be that way in terms of how they’re played. You can’t just focus on one area. It’s definitely an area that we need to improve on that we want to try to improve, but I never want Daniel to force any ball. Will there be times when I can go to him and say let this thing rip. If it gets picked, I don’t care. It gets intercepted in practice , let’s take a look at what it looks like. It’s not just that. There are a lot of areas in all three phases we did a lot of research in the offseason and areas we need to improve on.”
🔹 It seems like 300 words is way too many before the first mention of Darren Waller, who looked dominant again. The connection between the dynamic tight end and Jones was on full display, especially on plays to the sideline.
“We’ve got a couple months behind us of staying in touch and just opening up the dialogue, removed the ego,” Waller said before practice. “We can tell each other what we’re thinking, what he might want, things I’ve been comfortable doing and things I like to do and find a middle ground or be able to just learn about each other. I feel , that it pays off and just try to continue day by day and let the results take care of themselves.
“I just like his level-headedness. First of all, he just has a calm spirit about him. It’s neither too high nor too low, it stays in the middle. You can tell in that way that he has navigated so many adversity in the noise of his career, that it’s something he’s focused on and it’s paying off for him now.”
🔹 Speaking of dynamic duos, Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams were a handful on the defensive line. The former can get pressure up the middle, causing the latter to seal the deal (well, as close as you can get in practice against redshirt-wearing quarterbacks).
🔹 Rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, the defending Biletnikoff Award winner, had his most productive day yet with Jones. The third-round pick showed his hands with some tough catches in traffic.
“It’s going to be up to him to go out there and show what he can do,” Daboll said today of the Tennessee product. “We’ve had two days. We had (OTAs), but we’ve had two days. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him, as does everybody on the team. Everybody wants to earn their role, whatever it is . … No matter the position, when you’re a rookie, there’s always an adjustment period. I coached receivers early in my career for six years or something. Drafted quite a few receivers. They’re all different, like all players. All positions are different. So the coaching staff’s job, again, is to get these guys as prepared as we can. To get them to buy into the program and do the right thing. Definitely, a lot of things to learn. That’s why we’re here to try to help them as best he can. He has to put in the work to”
🔹 Kicker Graham Gano has made a franchise record 20 50-yard field goals in just three seasons with the Giants. Next on the list is Joe Danelo with nine. Today – and every day – Gano looked like he’s only going to get better as he enters his 15th NFL season.
🔹 Sophomore inside linebacker Micah McFadden broke up a pass.
🔹 Wide receiver Parris Campbell racked up a couple more catches to end the week.