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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 8:50 am
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:00 am : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
Joe Judge said Nate Solder has been working hard on the field and he's been great with the younger guys. He's a great voice in the room. Judge is pleased with the progress of the O-line coming together.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:01 am : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
Joe Judge said you really see growth from the rookie class week by week. "I'm pleased with the attention to detail." He's excited to get the pads on and see them go full speed.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:01 am : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
Joe Judge on Evan Engram: "No one empties the tank like this guy." Judge called him a leader on the team and enjoys coaching him every single day.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:03 am : link
Art Stapleton

@art_stapleton
Joe Judge says he is fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Believes it was important to do so personally, but does not view his decision as a statement for or against. He has left that discussion for players to the Giants' medical staff.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:03 am : link
Jordan Raanan

@JordanRaanan
Joe Judge extremely complimentary of Evan Engram’s practice habits. Said he brings it all every day. In fact, sometimes they have to tell him to “tone it down a little bit.” A good problem. Judge’s words more evidence Giants still view Engram as vital piece in offense.
Rudy Ruettiger emptied his tank everyday, too.  
mittenedman : 6/4/2021 10:25 am : link
The Engram talk continues to be disturbing. Can't block, and an error prone mess in the passing game.

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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:28 am : link
Art Stapleton

@art_stapleton
Kenny Golladay in the house and on the field this morning, as expected
RE: Rudy Ruettiger emptied his tank everyday, too.  
giants#1 : 6/4/2021 10:28 am : link
In comment 15279791 mittenedman said:
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The Engram talk continues to be disturbing. Can't block, and an error prone mess in the passing game.


Why is it disturbing? There's nothing to gain by bashing him publicly.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:31 am : link

@art_stapleton
Also present for this OTA after not being here for last media access: Dexter Lawrence. Oshane Ximines and B.J. Hill
I wanted and still want Engram gone  
BillT : 6/4/2021 10:32 am : link
But there is some hope that as a 3rd or 4th option he might find a niche. At least we have some other players who can take the focus off him. Maybe that will help.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 10:42 am : link
Tom Rock

@TomRock_Newsday
Kelvin Benjamin (83) still listed as a TE but working w WRs so far today.
Who needs Kyle Pitts when you have Rysen John?  
Klaatu : 6/4/2021 10:57 am : link
I keed! I keed!
RE: Rudy Ruettiger emptied his tank everyday, too.  
NYRiese : 6/4/2021 11:00 am : link
In comment 15279791 mittenedman said:
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The Engram talk continues to be disturbing. Can't block, and an error prone mess in the passing game.

Don’t you think he’s being groomed to become a perennial decoy that still has to be accounted for by the defense.
NGT  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 11:07 am : link
Looks like Becton is hurt again.
RE: NGT  
Scuzzlebutt : 6/4/2021 11:22 am : link
In comment 15279832 Eric from BBI said:
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Looks like Becton is hurt again.


Given his size, injuries would always have been my major concern with Becton.
RE: RE: Rudy Ruettiger emptied his tank everyday, too.  
csb : 6/4/2021 11:26 am : link
In comment 15279828 NYRiese said:
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The Engram talk continues to be disturbing. Can't block, and an error prone mess in the passing game.



Don’t you think he’s being groomed to become a perennial decoy that still has to be accounted for by the defense.



You think that other teams scouting reports take into account Judge's comments to the media? I don't. My guess is that he does work his ass off and Judge views him as an example to other players as to how they should be practicing. All of EE's issues are between the ears - hopefully he keeps learning in the film room and the words from Judge helps build his confidence.
No sign of Toney yet?  
UberAlias : 6/4/2021 11:28 am : link
I haven't seen any reports.
RE: No sign of Toney yet?  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 11:32 am : link
In comment 15279855 UberAlias said:
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I haven't seen any reports.


Reporters asleep on the job again.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 12:17 pm : link

@DDuggan21
Disclaimer that OTAs are voluntary and players could be absent for a variety of reasons. Here are the 18 players I didn’t spot today:

RB Barkley
RB Clement
RB Mizzell
WR Toney
WR Ross
TE Rudolph
OLB Anderson
OLB Brown
CB Bradberry
CB Jackson
CB Holmes
CB Yiadom
CB Beal
S Peppers
S Ryan
S McKinney
S Love
K Gano

Again, don’t know reasons for every player. Some likely in the building rehabbing.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 12:18 pm : link
Dan Duggan

@DDuggan21
The most notable attendees who were absent last week: Kenny Golladay, the entire DL and Oshane Ximines. Promising to see Ximines participating after having rotator cuff surgery in November.

Third-round pick Aaron Robinson was present but didn’t participate.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 12:19 pm : link
Art Stapleton

@art_stapleton
Good influx of defensive players at today’s NYG OTA: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, B.J. Hill, Reggie Ragland join Blake Martinez, Tae Crowder, Lorenzo Carter, Azeez Ojulari, Elerson Smith and Ifeadi Odenigbo, among others.

Expect secondary here next week for minicamp.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 12:21 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
@giantswfan
One very noticeable player moving around without any issues -- LB Lorenzo Carter. .... He showed no signs of being slowed after last year's Achilles surgery. In fact, he looked a bit leaner from afar.

Art Stapleton

@art_stapleton
Entire Giants offensive line present for the second (and last) OTA open to the media. Same configuration as last week.

Thomas-Lemieux-Gates-Hernandez Peart

Second team OL
Slade-Wiggins-Harrison-Fulton-Solder

Experienced depth across the front a big change for NYG OL this early
Does anyone know  
DavidinBMNY : 6/4/2021 12:24 pm : link
If Beal just doesn't want to play football? This is a serious question. The guy opted out and doesn't go to OTA's? The optics on the combined actions suck.
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PatersonPlank : 6/4/2021 12:36 pm : link
In comment 15279767 Eric from BBI said:
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Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
Joe Judge said Nate Solder has been working hard on the field and he's been great with the younger guys. He's a great voice in the room. Judge is pleased with the progress of the O-line coming together.


Solder, the "Tanney" of the OL Room
RE: Does anyone know  
Jay on the Island : 6/4/2021 12:40 pm : link
In comment 15279915 DavidinBMNY said:
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If Beal just doesn't want to play football? This is a serious question. The guy opted out and doesn't go to OTA's? The optics on the combined actions suck.

I think that it's pretty obvious that he doesn't love football and is just in it for the pay check. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he isn't on the roster when training camp opens.
RE: Does anyone know  
26.2 : 6/4/2021 12:43 pm : link
In comment 15279915 DavidinBMNY said:
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If Beal just doesn't want to play football? This is a serious question. The guy opted out and doesn't go to OTA's? The optics on the combined actions suck.


Have to say, if he really doesn't want to play football, he's playing this perfectly.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 12:43 pm : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
Nick Gates on new O-line coach Rob Sale: "He's a good teacher, a good coach, a good person." He can't wait to keep picking his brain and learn from him. Gates said Judge hired him for a reason and trusts him, so he trusts him.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 12:47 pm : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
Nick Gates on having Nate Solder back: "He just brings that knowledge of being in the league for so long ... and it helps us tremendously."
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/4/2021 12:50 pm : link
Kadarius Toney is starting to worry me. Note Judge's comments today on the value of the OTAs to the rookies.
Giants#1...bashing him publicly  
BCD : 6/4/2021 1:02 pm : link
hell he was bashing the giants fans publicly ever Sunday dropping balls....count the number of remotes...lamps...TV screens getting bashed...kids getting yelled at ....sleepless nights this poor guy has put us all though....he needs to show up now or GTFO....period
RE: RE: RE: Rudy Ruettiger emptied his tank everyday, too.  
TC : 6/4/2021 1:14 pm : link
In comment 15279852 csb said:
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The Engram talk continues to be disturbing. Can't block, and an error prone mess in the passing game.



Don’t you think he’s being groomed to become a perennial decoy that still has to be accounted for by the defense.




You think that other teams scouting reports take into account Judge's comments to the media? I don't. My guess is that he does work his ass off and Judge views him as an example to other players as to how they should be practicing. All of EE's issues are between the ears - hopefully he keeps learning in the film room and the words from Judge helps build his confidence.

Sorry, I feel for the guy too, but from watching the game for 60+ years, and playing as a kid, you don't learn hands. And as as another poster wrote, "If you can't catch, you don't play." Or at least you shouldn't.

It's not like he's new to the position, he's had 8 years of top college and NFL coaching. What you see, is what you get. It's not about film study, or confidence.
Does Evan Engram remind anyone else of 4th line plugs  
BestFeature : 6/4/2021 1:48 pm : link
in hockey that coaches love because of their grit and hard work? He's a bit different because he's more of a finesse player but he sucks at football like those guys suck at hockey.
The most frustrating thing about Evan Engram (for me at least)...  
Klaatu : 6/4/2021 1:54 pm : link
Is that he was pretty sure-handed in college. If I remember correctly, his career catch rate was 70%. As a pro, his career catch rate is ten points lower (although he did hit 70% in 2018).

Pre-draft, Sy'56 gave him a grade of 84, and wrote this about him (the emphasis is mine):

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Summary: Three time 1st Team All SEC tight end and the program’s all time leader in receptions and yards at the position. Ended his career with a 1st Team All American honor. Engram fits the mold of a hybrid tight end/wide receiver that can be moved around in to different starting positions to keep a defense on its heels. His quickness off the line and near-top level ball skills will make him a quarterback’s best friend on third and reasonable...
RE: The most frustrating thing about Evan Engram (for me at least)...  
TC : 6/4/2021 2:15 pm : link
In comment 15279968 Klaatu said:
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Is that he was pretty sure-handed in college. If I remember correctly, his career catch rate was 70%. As a pro, his career catch rate is ten points lower (although he did hit 70% in 2018).

Pre-draft, Sy'56 gave him a grade of 84, and wrote this about him (the emphasis is mine):



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Summary: Three time 1st Team All SEC tight end and the program’s all time leader in receptions and yards at the position. Ended his career with a 1st Team All American honor. Engram fits the mold of a hybrid tight end/wide receiver that can be moved around in to different starting positions to keep a defense on its heels. His quickness off the line and near-top level ball skills will make him a quarterback’s best friend on third and reasonable...



Engram can still make the occasional circus catch, but I still don't think he's fixable. With great respect for Sy, in reading many different reviewers reviews of Engram coming out of school, more than a couple had guarded criticism of what was usually termed "focus" drops. And it was also usually added that this might be "cleaned up" as a pro. I'm still waiting.
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Klaatu : 6/4/2021 2:58 pm : link
In comment 15279988 TC said:
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Is that he was pretty sure-handed in college. If I remember correctly, his career catch rate was 70%. As a pro, his career catch rate is ten points lower (although he did hit 70% in 2018).

Pre-draft, Sy'56 gave him a grade of 84, and wrote this about him (the emphasis is mine):



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Summary: Three time 1st Team All SEC tight end and the program’s all time leader in receptions and yards at the position. Ended his career with a 1st Team All American honor. Engram fits the mold of a hybrid tight end/wide receiver that can be moved around in to different starting positions to keep a defense on its heels. His quickness off the line and near-top level ball skills will make him a quarterback’s best friend on third and reasonable...





Engram can still make the occasional circus catch, but I still don't think he's fixable. With great respect for Sy, in reading many different reviewers reviews of Engram coming out of school, more than a couple had guarded criticism of what was usually termed "focus" drops. And it was also usually added that this might be "cleaned up" as a pro. I'm still waiting.


You don't set records and win accolades with occasional circus catches. You have to be reliable, consistent, and that's what Engram was at Ole Miss (the occasional "concentration drop," as PFF put it, notwithstanding). His blocking may have been suspect, but he was generally regarded as having good hands. I don't know why he's regressed as a pro...why his catch rate has dropped so precipitously from what it was in college...but I have to think there's more to it than a mere lack of focus.
RE: RE: RE: The most frustrating thing about Evan Engram (for me at least)...  
TC : 6/4/2021 4:03 pm : link
In comment 15280034 Klaatu said:
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In comment 15279968 Klaatu said:


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Is that he was pretty sure-handed in college. If I remember correctly, his career catch rate was 70%. As a pro, his career catch rate is ten points lower (although he did hit 70% in 2018).

Pre-draft, Sy'56 gave him a grade of 84, and wrote this about him (the emphasis is mine):



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Summary: Three time 1st Team All SEC tight end and the program’s all time leader in receptions and yards at the position. Ended his career with a 1st Team All American honor. Engram fits the mold of a hybrid tight end/wide receiver that can be moved around in to different starting positions to keep a defense on its heels. His quickness off the line and near-top level ball skills will make him a quarterback’s best friend on third and reasonable...





Engram can still make the occasional circus catch, but I still don't think he's fixable. With great respect for Sy, in reading many different reviewers reviews of Engram coming out of school, more than a couple had guarded criticism of what was usually termed "focus" drops. And it was also usually added that this might be "cleaned up" as a pro. I'm still waiting.



You don't set records and win accolades with occasional circus catches. You have to be reliable, consistent, and that's what Engram was at Ole Miss (the occasional "concentration drop," as PFF put it, notwithstanding). His blocking may have been suspect, but he was generally regarded as having good hands. I don't know why he's regressed as a pro...why his catch rate has dropped so precipitously from what it was in college...but I have to think there's more to it than a mere lack of focus.

You're right. I don't know either, but whatever it is, I'm out of patience. Other reviewers expressed concern over "lateral agility" or "flexibility" which made contested catches more problematic. But I don't know why he's such a disappointment in the pros. Could just be the yips.
My favorite point: the OL is in place or so it seems  
SGMen : 6/5/2021 12:00 am : link
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@art_stapleton
Entire Giants offensive line present for the second (and last) OTA open to the media. Same configuration as last week.

Thomas-Lemieux-Gates-Hernandez Peart

Second team OL
Slade-Wiggins-Harrison-Fulton-Solder

Experienced depth across the front a big change for NYG OL this early.

I still believe that we may sign a veteran OL if he is a clear upgrade. I'm not up on who is out there though really. But as a HC, lets say you know an OG upgrade is needed and you know we have two #1's next year why not possibly trade a #3 for an upgrade if possible?

Having said that, I think we stand pat with what we have unless a player is clearly available and upgrades.
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