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Defenderdawg : 5/11/2018 7:48 pm

Practice Reports

Schmeelk Practice report from Giants rookie minicamp (5/11)

Lombardo Saquon Barkley as advertised, Kyle Lauletta inconsistent | 9 Giants observations from Day 1 of rookie minicamp

Pizzula BBV: Giants Rookie Minicamp: what happened during the first day of practice

Duggan The Athletic: Giants practice report: RB Saquon Barkley in the spotlight at rookie minicamp

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
5/11/18, 5:30 PM
3. It was very windy out. Made for a difficulty day of throwing. Punters Jacob DeMaio and Taylor Morton were booming the ball with the wind

Stapleton The Record: They might be Giants for just one weekend, but rookie tryouts have a shot


Traina Inside Football: Shurmur Introduces Rookies to the “Giants Way”

Rock Newsday: Giants rookie minicamp resembles freshman orientation


Popper The Record: Kyle Lauletta eases into Giants camp with few expectations but his own

Traina Giants Quarterback Kyle Lauletta: This Is Eli Manning's Team

RV SNY: Shurmur won't overwhelm Lauletta, who looked like he belonged on Day 1

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
5/11/18, 5:28 PM
2. Kyle Lauletta isn't especially imposing (size + build). He also doesn't have a strong arm. More like a Drew Brees type with the way he throws and operates. (Note: Not saying he's Drew Brees)


Schwartz NYP: Saquon Barkley earns his first Giants leadership assignment

Leonard NYDN: Giants not-just-a-running-back Saquon Barkley will try to stay true to himself under intense scrutiny of NY

Healy NYDN: Saquon Barkley wants to lead by example on Giants and views himself as ‘more than a running back’

Rock Newsday: Saquon Barkley takes leadership role for Giants at rookie minicamp

Traina Amid High Expectations, New York Giants' Saquon Barkley Plans To Be Himself

Raanan ESPN NY: Saquon Barkley: 'Willing to do whatever' for Giants

Wogenrich Allentown Morning Call: Saquon Barkley begins Giants rookie minicamp by setting his own expectations

George SB Nation: Saquon Barkley is never satisfied, and that’s good news for the Giants

Dunleavy Saquon Barkley's 1st Giants rookie minicamp practice: 11 things to know about 'more than a running back'

Stapleton The Record: NY Giants: 5 takeaways from Saquon Barkley's first day at rookie minicamp

Pflum BBV: Saquon's day at camp - Saquon Barkley takes the field for Giants’ rookie minicamp

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
5/11/18, 5:26 PM
1. Saquon Barkley looks the part. Watching the way he cuts, spins, runs and catches the ball is impressive.

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
5/11/18, 6:46 PM
Paul Perkins cleared waivers today. Remains on Giants on reserve/non-football injury list. Won’t count against 90-man roster. Coach Pat Shurmur said decision based on Perk being out “significant time.”


Raanan ESPN NY: The crazy underworld of NFL undrafted free agency


Lombardo Here's the Giants' plan for rookie guard Will Hernandez

Healy NYDN: Will Hernandez will do anything to help the Giants, even kick

Pflum BBV: Will Hernandez is willing to be the league’s biggest, and nastiest, kicker

Eisen Will Hernandez aims to impress Giants coaches

Schwartz NYP: ‘Nasty’ Giants rookie isn’t letting anyone near Saquon Barkley

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
5/11/18, 5:32 PM
4. Will Hernandez moves pretty well for a 327-pound guard. He doesn't look huge though because as 6-2 he's on the short side for an OL.


Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
5/11/18, 5:34 PM
5. Undrafted free agent safety Sean Chandler (Temple) and cornerback Aaron Davis (Georgia) look like they can play a little bit.


Brooks Eli Manning set up for renaissance; Lamar Jackson creating buzz
“While I understand Manning's attempt to downplay the Giants' talent on the offensive side of the ball, it is hard to ignore the potential of a unit that will feature Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram on the perimeter and a rebuilt offensive line that's suddenly solid with Nate Solder and Will Hernandez in place. Although questions remain about Ereck Flowers' role on the squad, New York can put him at his natural position (right tackle) and hope he plays up to his first-round draft pedigree at that spot.

That's why I'm bullish on the team's chances of going from worst to first behind an electric offense in a topsy-turvy division. But again, this relies on No. 10 holding up his end of the bargain. The 15th-year pro doesn't have to play like a top-five player at the position. He really just needs to complete a respectable percent of his passes and consistently get the ball into the hands of the team's top playmakers on the perimeter. If Eli can efficiently play pitch-and-catch with the explosive athletes on the outside, the supporting cast is good enough to carry him to the winner's circle. Sure, that's the definition of a "trailer" -- as opposed to a "truck" -- in quarterback parlance, but the majority of veteran passers need help as their skills decline due to age. Don't believe me? Just look at how Drew Brees' game has been enhanced by the arrival of Alvin Kamara and the continued ascension of Michael Thomas as a top-flight pass catcher.

The Giants acquired quite a weapon with the No. 2 overall pick. Barkley's a versatile RB1 in the Le'Veon Bell mold, boasting size, speed, route-running skills and sticky hands. Thus, Manning has a hybrid playmaker in the backfield who can alleviate some of the pressure on him to carry the offense. Eli can target the rookie on six to eight passes a game, which is a huge advantage for any quarterback.

Remember, defensive coordinators will commit double-coverage to OBJ. He can score from anywhere on the field, and that threat will force defensive coordinators to sell out to keep the big-play specialist under wraps. That means one-on-one coverage for everyone else -- a scary proposition for opponents, considering how dangerous Shepard and Engram have proven to be in the slot. (Yes, I know Engram is listed as a tight end, but he is really a jumbo slot receiver with a game that's more like a "Z" than a "Y".)
With that kind of personnel at his disposal, Manning should be able to rack up completions and first downs by simply taking what the defense gives him in each coverage. Sounds simple -- almost too simple -- but it really is as straightforward as that when you're playing with superior talent on the perimeter. Manning just needs to let his guys work and the scoreboard will start to ping like a pinball machine.
That brings me to coaching, and how Pat Shurmur's brilliance as a play designer could enhance Manning's game in the twilight of his career. The longtime offensive assistant has confidence in his star quarterback and he will build the scheme around his QB1's strengths as a rhythm passer...”
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