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New York Giants Mandatory Mini-Camp: Day One

Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 7:19 am

Tuesday, June 11

Mandatory Minicamp #1

Approx. 10:45 a.m. -- Head Coach Brian Daboll Available

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. -- Practice

Approx. 1:15 p.m. -- Players Available

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gersh : 6/11/2024 12:28 pm : link
In comment 16534531 Eric from BBI said:
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Art Stapleton
@art_stapleton
Malik Nabers doing Malik Nabers things. #NYGiants #Giants100 https://x.com/art_stapleton/status/1800551869921808387 - ( New Window )


Wow
Difficult to not be super excited about this guy
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:32 pm : link
New York Giants

@Giants
Wan'Dale to the 🏠!
https://x.com/Giants/status/1800566160384983213 - ( New Window )
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:33 pm : link
In comment 16534557 Eric from BBI said:
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New York Giants

@Giants
Wan'Dale to the 🏠! https://x.com/Giants/status/1800566160384983213 - ( New Window )


Wan'Dale, Jalin, and Malik are going to cause some issues.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:33 pm : link
Art Stapleton
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#NYGiants with 3 WR leaving practice at today’s minicamp:

Darius Slayton shaken up after collision with DB; walked off with training staff

Chase Cota left on cart favoring shoulder/collarbone after landing awkwardly on deep ball

Bryce Ford-Wheaton getting right arm checked
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:34 pm : link
Dan Duggan
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Three WRs left today’s practice with injuries: Darius Slayton, Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Chase Cota. Ford-Wheaton and Cota appeared to have arm/shoulder injuries. Hard to tell what happened to Slayton, who was slow to get up after apparently slipping on a route.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:34 pm : link
Pat Leonard
@PLeonardNYDN
Giants’ Wan’Dale Robinson had a good practice today catching passes from Drew Lock, including an early slant for a catch and run TD on Cor’Dale Flott

Three Giants WRs sustained some sort of injury and left practice, though: Darius Slayton, Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Chase Cota

Cota was carted off. The other two walked off. Slayton after he slipped on a route

Evan Neal was not with the team. He did a workout inside before walking out to some of practice. Tre Hawkins wasn’t on the field, and a handful of players were on the side, including Micah McFadden and Isaiah Simmons #Giants
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:35 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Nabers - can tell competition has picked up..the WRs move around a lot in this offense...doesnt feel pressure, just trying to provide competition and be himself
RE: While I understand the extra scrutiny on Evan Neal...  
Bill in UT : 6/11/2024 12:35 pm : link
In comment 16534547 Big Blue Blogger said:
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...isn't this fairly standard procedure for players recovering from off-season surgery? Push to see how much their bodies can take, then back off to avoid major setbacks when they encounter pain/inflammation?


yes, it's standard procedure, but it raises concerns about his ability to play at a high level or even just without pain by the start of the season. If he's not ready to go, they have serious adjustments to make. They don't have a decent backup T on the team and sticking EO out there screws up the G situation again. With a healthy, improved Neal, this team only has 5 good lineman. Without him we're back to the same old-same old.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:38 pm : link
Jordan Raanan
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At Giants minicamp, Wan’Dale Robinson had strong day. Took a slant to the house.

Team only did 11 on 11 drills. No 7 on 7.
So Daniel Jones spent most of practice working on side field. Coach Brian Daboll said expectation is everyone will be ready for training camp. Includes DJ.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:39 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
@giantswfan
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#NYGiants Nabers - locked in on practicing with the team, unsure if he will take a break....staying in the books

#NYGiants Nabers - unsure how much impact can have as a rookie....considers himself an impact player but just working hard with the guys....trying to bring enthusisam at practice with celebtrations

#NYGiants Nabers - every time we are out there, anybody can get the ball.

#NYGiants Nabers - just is himself whenever he is on the field....glad he got to show the field some great grabs last week at practice...it is how it is supposed to be - and get better daily
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:40 pm : link
Dan Salomone
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Malik Nabers said he thinks he made a good first impression this spring. “I bring the dog. I bring the juice.” He wanted to show he’s the guy that wants to practice and put the work in.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:40 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Nabers - says he is humble, and a great athlete teammate, and enthusiastic....brings speed and a tremendous catch radius
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:41 pm : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
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Bobby Okereke said the new defense is “fun” because he gets to play more coverage. “We’ll have a good mix of everything.”

GiantsWFAN
@giantswfan
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#NYGiants Okereke - says the new defense is good and fun...he gets to play a little more coverage and the scheme is more multiple....will be aggressive vs the run
..but less overall blitzing...burns' addition means QB needs a quicker release
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:42 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Okereke - wink wanted you to play hard and fast and go downhill...this defense is more a process of decision making

#NYGiants Okereke - working out the kinks and the terminology....adding a new scheme to his toolbelt....will still take some of wink's blitzing items into this defense
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:42 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Okereke - nabers is athletic and has poise...will have a great career
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:47 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Okereke - thinks this is a prolific defensive front.....unit can be as good as it wants to be....jones is a good leader, heck of am arm and make good decisions...

Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
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Bobby Okereke said the Giants have a “prolific” front with Burns, Dex and Kayvon. They can be as good as they want to be.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:47 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Bellinger - wasnt sure what waller was going to do...was always a great teammate to him....TE room has a lot to grow

#NYGiants Bellinger - will do whatever he is asked.....focused on route running this offseason
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:51 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Bellinger - wants to be more locked in with communication this year....last yr, were so many juggling with the lineup...always want to be on the same page

#NYGiants Bellinger - ready to take a step up and be better at everything in his game

Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
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TE Daniel Bellinger said he focused on route-running this offseason to take steps forward in the passing game.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:52 pm : link
Patricia Traina
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Bellinger said the coaches have let Theo get a lot of snaps this spring to get him ready.

GiantsWFAN
@giantswfan
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#NYGiants Bellinger - staying locked in this spring and getting mental reps as the younger TEs take more reps to the young guys...says he is "fine"
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:52 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
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#NYGiants Jones - bummed there were no 7 on 7 for him to participate in...wants the reps...knee feels really good...gets better weekly..sharper and clear with a lot of his cuts and getting explosiveness and change of direction

#NYGiants Jones - has hit all the doctors' benchmarks and will continue to work....expects to be ready for first day of training camp
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:54 pm : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
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Daniel Jones said the knee feels “really good.” He’s feeling “sharper” and “cleaner” with his cuts. “I expect to be ready to go first day of training camp.”
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:54 pm : link
Dan Salomone
@Dan_Salomone
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Daniel Jones said Nabers can be a “tremendous weapon” for the offense. “He can do everything” from a route-running standpoint.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 12:55 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
@giantswfan
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#NYGiants Jones - reps even in routes vs air are valuable.....nabers can be a tremendous weapon...had a good spring...can do everything, dynamic with the ball, explosive, catches well

#NYGiants Jones - hyatt jas worked tremendously hard on the details and routes, etc and only getting better

#NYGiants Jones - bellinger looked good and the other TEs have done well.

#NYGiants Jones - have "high expectations of what we can be as a team" and will put the work in
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:03 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
@giantswfan
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#NYGiants Jones - wearing a knee wrap in workouts to keep the knee warm...

#NYGiants Jones - says he has no doubts about his mobility ....already proven it with the metrics now and expects to run even better
RE: RE: ...  
Dr. D : 6/11/2024 1:03 pm : link
In comment 16534554 gersh said:
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In comment 16534531 Eric from BBI said:


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Art Stapleton
@art_stapleton
Malik Nabers doing Malik Nabers things. #NYGiants #Giants100 https://x.com/art_stapleton/status/1800551869921808387 - ( New Window )



Wow
Difficult to not be super excited about this guy

Indeed. Hopefully as much or more talent as OBJ, without the crazy shit (proposing to the kicking net, peeing doggy style, etc.) and hopefully without career altering.. you know.. I don't even want to say the word, so let's just say hopefully he'll have a long healthy career.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:03 pm : link
Pat Leonard
@PLeonardNYDN
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Saylors just completed his workout with the Giants on the back field here after practice
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:04 pm : link
GiantsWFAN
@giantswfan
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#NYGiants Jones - says the new OL have workee hard and expects they will do well

#NYGiants Jones - plans to have his own throwing session with teammates again this summer
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:05 pm : link
Jordan Raanan
@JordanRaanan
Daniel Jones: “I expect to be ready to go first day of training camp.”

He says the knee off a torn right ACL feels “really good.” His cuts are feeling sharper and cleaner than earlier in the spring.

Giants continue to make it clear Jones is going to be the starter. Brian Daboll said before Tuesday’s practice that Drew Lock “understands his role.” It’s as the backup to Jones.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:05 pm : link
The Giant Insider Podcast and Newspaper
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Daniel Bellinger says he’s working on side so a guy like Theo Johnson can get more reps. Bellinger says he’s not injured.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:18 pm : link
The Giant Insider Podcast and Newspaper
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Some observations from today’s practice:
-Ezeudu at RT with 1s
-Darnay Holmes got a lot of reps on outside. Nick McCloud in slot with 1s
-Wan’Dale with a big play on a slant from Lock
-CB Dru Phillips with an interception
-DeVito hooked up with Ford-Wheaton for TD
-FA Kaleb
Hayes with two PD’s.
-Darius Slayton collided with a defender running his route and came up slow. Went off to side but appeared to be okay.
-WR Chase Cota left on a cart after landing on his shoulder attempting to catch deep ball
-Jordan Riley with strip/sack
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:31 pm : link
Dan Duggan
@DDuggan21
Other injury/attendance notes from today: CB Aaron Robinson (knee) and CB Tre Hawkins (?) weren't spotted at practice. WR Gunner Olszewski (foot/ankle), TE Jack Stoll (?) and OL Evan Neal (ankle) came out to the field during practice and watched.

WR Isaiah McKenzie (?), DL Timmy Horne (knee), OLB Benton Whitley (foot/ankle), ILB Micah McFadden (?), ILB Isaiah Simmons (?), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (?) and S Gervarrius Owens (?) were on the side with trainers.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:41 pm : link
New York Giants

@Giants
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THEOOO 🙌
https://x.com/Giants/status/1800581261066461619 - ( New Window )
Ezeudu  
armstead98 : 6/11/2024 1:43 pm : link
Taking reps with 1s. We all assumed that the new guard from Oakland would step in at RT if Neal can’t go but it seems like they might want to keep him at Guard and have Ezeudu step in.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 1:43 pm : link
John Schmeelk
@Schmeelk
The
@Giants
had their first minicamp practice on Tuesday - here's what @giantswfan and I saw from the field.
https://x.com/Schmeelk/status/1800583962089390395 - ( New Window )
RE: Ezeudu  
UberAlias : 6/11/2024 1:47 pm : link
In comment 16534643 armstead98 said:
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Taking reps with 1s. We all assumed that the new guard from Oakland would step in at RT if Neal can’t go but it seems like they might want to keep him at Guard and have Ezeudu step in.
He will move there if Neal fails at RT. I don't think the plan was necessarily to slide guys due to injury. And Ezeudu may not even be the swing tackle as Nelson has been out too.
RE: Ezeudu  
BillT : 6/11/2024 2:02 pm : link
In comment 16534643 armstead98 said:
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Taking reps with 1s. We all assumed that the new guard from Oakland would step in at RT if Neal can’t go but it seems like they might want to keep him at Guard and have Ezeudu step in.

They won’t make that change unless Neal can’t go or blows up. Keeps the other four in their expected positions.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 2:17 pm : link
Dan Duggan
@DDuggan21
Full practice report coming from
@charlottecrrll
on
@TheAthleticNFL
later, but here are a few quick observations from practice:

• Daboll again was calling plays. Team periods were more game-like today with players/coaches on the sideline and plays getting called via headsets. Offense worked at a fast tempo today.

• Wan'Dale Robinson had five catches in team drills, including the catch-and-run TD on the slant. Lot of underneath passing from Drew Lock, including a nice side-arm delivery, so not surprising that Robinson was the main target.

• CB Dru Phillips, who has been the second-team nickel all spring, had an interception on a Tommy DeVito pass that was dropped/batted by WR Dennis Houston.

• TE Daniel Bellinger said he has been held out of team drills so Theo Johnson and Lawrence Cager can get more reps, not due to an injury. Bellinger missed one practice open to the media this spring and I don't have him down for any targets in team periods in any of the other three open practices. Seems odds to limit his reps so drastically if there's no health issue.

• I don't believe OLB Azeez Ojulari took any team reps today. Likely managing the workload of a player with a lengthy injury history.

• OL Matt Nelson got team reps for the first time in an open practice this spring. Nelson, who is coming back from ankle surgery, worked as the third-team LT.

• Undrafted rookie Jake Kubas has been working as a second-team guard in the last two open practices. Meanwhile, Jimmy Morrissey has been the second-team center for the past three open practices with Austin Schlottmann working with the third-team offense.

• Veteran CB tryout Tre Herndon has had a fairly even split outside and in the slot in his six-year career. He worked as the third-team slot CB today. He would have had a sack on a slot blitz in a team period.
very interesting  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 2:27 pm : link
about Morrissey and Kubas.
woah didnt realize they were hosting Herndon he is a legitimately  
Eric on Li : 6/11/2024 2:29 pm : link
experienced corner along the lines of david long. he played almost 500 snaps last year and played in 15 or more games 4 of the last 5 years. has also played a lot of specials.

has mostly been in the slot the last couple years.
79 Photos  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 3:20 pm : link
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RE: Ezeudu  
Angel Eyes : 6/11/2024 3:47 pm : link
In comment 16534643 armstead98 said:
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Taking reps with 1s. We all assumed that the new guard from Oakland would step in at RT if Neal can’t go but it seems like they might want to keep him at Guard and have Ezeudu step in.

Like that won't backfire bringing Ezeudu to play tackle.
Schmeelk's Report  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 4:28 pm : link
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* Daboll informed the media before practice that they would not be doing any 7-on-7 today, which meant Daniel Jones would not get any competitive reps since his knee injury recovery still has him sitting out 11-on-11 team drills. Jones said he should be ready to go on the first day of training camp.

* I watched the offense during individual drills today, starting with the quarterbacks and the skill position players. Jones got the most of his reps during this portion of practice, making sure to get reps throwing to the first-team wideouts. Jones said during his news conference that throwing against air can help that process along.

* Offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo continues to try to build chemistry with the group, working on a lot of combo blocks. He had the guards and centers working together with assistant offensive line coach James Ferentz while he worked with the offensive tackles and tight ends. They worked on moving in sync on zone runs with both players going in the same direction, as well as combo blocking a defensive lineman before getting to the second level to get to a linebacker. The tackles and tight ends also worked on pass protection, with the tight end chipping the defensive end to block in tandem with the offensive tackle.

* The competitive part of practice began with no-huddle work for the offense. After completing a pass to Malik Nabers to start the session and a scramble after strong coverage left no one open, Drew Lock hit Wan'Dale Robinson in rhythm over the middle. Robinson pulled away and ran for what would have been a 50-yard touchdown catch.

* Tommy DeVitto hit Bryce Ford-Wheaton on a deep crosser that would have gone for a long gain, although Elijah Chatman got some penetration on the play for what could have been a sack. With the final group, Nathan Rourke had two passes knocked away by Kaleb Hayes. During the entire no-huddle period, the defense had at least three plays where they played coverage so well the quarterback either had to eat the ball and run it or throw it away.

* The defense held strong during team red-zone drills and prevented a touchdown. Cor'Dale Flott prevented a completion, and Boogie Basham got penetration into the backfield on another. Brian Burns also got himself into the backfield during this team period and disrupted a pass play.

* In the final set of team drills, Deonte Banks played great coverage on Jalin Hyatt, who ran deep down the right sideline. Elijah Riley also knocked a pass away. Dru Phillips had the defensive play of practice, catching a pass that deflected off the hands of wide receiver Dennis Houston before it hit the ground for an interception.

* The offense made two big plays in the final team session of practice. Jalin Hyatt burst up the sideline and could have run for a score. Theo Johnson caught a deep touchdown pass from Tommy DeVito to the left side of the field.

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Dan Salomone's Report  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 4:36 pm : link
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Touchdowns

Wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson had a productive day, beginning with a catch-and-run that could have been a touchdown in a live situation. The third-year pro turned on the afterburners to split the final level of the defense after catching a Drew Lock pass in stride.



Jalin Hyatt showed his trademark speed later in practice to beat the defense to the goal line. Lock also delivered that pass.

"I think he's made a ton of improvement this offseason and was really dialed in on some of the smaller details of route-running, understanding how defenders are trying to play him and how to gain leverage and gain separation," Jones said of Hyatt. "He's worked tremendously hard this offseason, and I think it's shown up on the field this spring. It's been really fun working with him. He's an extremely talented guy obviously, and he's only getting better."

The final score of the day came on a connection between Tommy DeVito and rookie tight end Theo Johnson. The defense might have something to say in the film room, however, as there could have been a sack on the play. Nonetheless, tight end has been a topic of conversation following Darren Waller's retirement announcement this week.

"I would say the first thing with Darren is my concern for him is more of a person than anything, Daboll said. "I'm glad he's doing well. Spoke to him yesterday. Communicated with him throughout the offseason. That's his decision. We were going to respect the decision and give him as much time as he needed. Wish him well. Here for him if he needs anything. That's what happens in the NFL sometimes."

On Johnson, Daboll said, "We just drafted Theo because we thought he was a good player. He has good measurables. Obviously you know what his testing was. He's smart. We thought he would be a good addition to our team."


Takeaways

Rookie cornerback Dru Phillips, a third-round pick from the University of Kentucky, got on the board with an interception on a tipped pass.
Notes & notable plays

Rookie wide receiver Malik Nabers recorded a handful of catches as the first phase of his young career is nearly complete. The sixth overall pick was asked after practice what kind of first impression he has made this spring. "I believe a good impression," he responded. "When I'm out there on the field, the level of competition rises at its highest – because my competition, I bring the dog, I bring the juice when I'm out there."

He certainly brought both the dog and the juice in last Thursday's practice. A couple of high-flying catches with the media in attendance reminded everyone how he has the ability to take over.

"You know, that's just me," Nabers said. "When I'm out there on the field, just everything I do is just me. I can't really say, 'I can bring it to the NFL.' I can only just play at my level of competition. That was one of those days I was playing at a high level. I'm just glad I got to showcase that with the team. That was really it."



Outside linebacker Brian Burns would have recorded a strip-sack in live action, serving up another appetizer to what could be coming when the season begins. Linebacker Bobby Okereke is certainly excited to have him. "Makes my job a lot easier," Okereke said. "Quarterback has to get the ball out quicker."

As the quarterback of the defense, Okereke shed light on how the new defense is coming together under Shane Bowen.

"It's fun," Okereke said. "I get to play a little bit more coverage. The way Shane calls it, we're going to be multiple. We'll be able to combat the offensive strengths, so we we'll have a good mix of everything. … It is early. I think we can be as good as we want to be. We have very talented pieces and we're just working every day to get better."

Okereke also spoke on the difference between the old and new schemes.

"Wink [Martindale] kind of wanted you to play hard and fast, just play physical, downhill, figure it out," Okereke said. "Here it's a process of elimination. If this guy goes vertical, you check two; if two does this, you check three. You kind of put it in buckets, and that's the process of decision-making I was talking about."

As for the defensive front, Okereke said it is "prolific."

"You've got Dexter Lawrence, Brian Burns, Kayvon Thibodeaux," Okereke said. "Dex is a Pro Bowler. Brian has been Pro Bowler. Kayvon is tracking towards that. Those guys can be as good as they want to be."

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Deonte Banks showed once again he has the tools to be a No. 1 corner in his second season. The former first-round draft pick played perfect coverage to force an incompletion on a deep pass.


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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 4:52 pm : link
Art Stapleton
@art_stapleton
Tyrone Tracy Jr. spent a good portion of 11/11 drills today with the 1s. The rookie is already making a push to be the #Giants100 back on passing downs. Pass pro this summer, as always, will be the final test.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 4:53 pm : link
Art Stapleton
@art_stapleton
Thought Allen Robinson II looked more involved today than previous media-attended OTAs. My guess is the veteran knows what speed he wants to go in the spring, and that there will be time to hit another gear come August. Caught a TD from DeVito.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/11/2024 4:57 pm : link
Art Stapleton
@art_stapleton
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Frame-wise and body control, Nabers does remind me of Ja'Marr Chase. His aura and ease with which he can do crazy stuff to make you bat your eyes at any moment is absolutely OBJ-esque.

#NYGiants rookie Dru Phillips was right place, right time for an interception today when Tommy DeVito's pass bounced off Dennis Houston's hands.
Nice dive by Phillips to secure the pick. He's been working the nickel with first and second team defense.

First two punt returners up today:

Rookie Ayir Asante
Isaiah McKenzie

Kickoff return pairs
Devin Singletary/Turbo Miller
Tyrone Tracy/Ayir Asante
Turbo Miller/Wan'Dale Robinson
Singletary/Asante

Jordon Riley was active today, taking a few snaps in 11/11 off Dexter Lawrence's plate. He was out there paired with Ryder Anderson.

Graham Gano was 7-for-7 on field goals during one of the special teams periods today. Good to see Gano back healthy.

Tommy DeVito threw a great deep ball to Bryce Ford-Wheaton across the middle and over the top of several defenders, threading the needle. Can always tell your eyes are seeing the right thing by the reaction of teammates. This one got a reax.

Darnay Holmes got a few reps on the outside at boundary corner with the second team in 11/11 today.
Bellinger bares watching.  
mittenedman : 6/11/2024 5:01 pm : link
I thought he had a disappointing year - he looked nothing like he did early in his rookie year. IMO.

It's at least a possibility Theo and Cager are legit in front of him. Maybe a motivational ploy?
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ryanmkeane : 6/11/2024 5:12 pm : link
Ezeudu was dealing with a way more significant injury than initially thought last year. Not saying he's gonna pan out but hopefully those injury woes are behind him.
RE: Dan Salomone's Report  
Ivan15 : 6/11/2024 5:20 pm : link
In comment 16534793 Eric from BBI said:
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Touchdowns

Wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson had a productive day, beginning with a catch-and-run that could have been a touchdown in a live situation. The third-year pro turned on the afterburners to split the final level of the defense after catching a Drew Lock pass in stride.



Jalin Hyatt showed his trademark speed later in practice to beat the defense to the goal line. Lock also delivered that pass.

"I think he's made a ton of improvement this offseason and was really dialed in on some of the smaller details of route-running, understanding how defenders are trying to play him and how to gain leverage and gain separation," Jones said of Hyatt. "He's worked tremendously hard this offseason, and I think it's shown up on the field this spring. It's been really fun working with him. He's an extremely talented guy obviously, and he's only getting better."

The final score of the day came on a connection between Tommy DeVito and rookie tight end Theo Johnson. The defense might have something to say in the film room, however, as there could have been a sack on the play. Nonetheless, tight end has been a topic of conversation following Darren Waller's retirement announcement this week.

"I would say the first thing with Darren is my concern for him is more of a person than anything, Daboll said. "I'm glad he's doing well. Spoke to him yesterday. Communicated with him throughout the offseason. That's his decision. We were going to respect the decision and give him as much time as he needed. Wish him well. Here for him if he needs anything. That's what happens in the NFL sometimes."

On Johnson, Daboll said, "We just drafted Theo because we thought he was a good player. He has good measurables. Obviously you know what his testing was. He's smart. We thought he would be a good addition to our team."


Takeaways

Rookie cornerback Dru Phillips, a third-round pick from the University of Kentucky, got on the board with an interception on a tipped pass.
Notes & notable plays

Rookie wide receiver Malik Nabers recorded a handful of catches as the first phase of his young career is nearly complete. The sixth overall pick was asked after practice what kind of first impression he has made this spring. "I believe a good impression," he responded. "When I'm out there on the field, the level of competition rises at its highest – because my competition, I bring the dog, I bring the juice when I'm out there."

He certainly brought both the dog and the juice in last Thursday's practice. A couple of high-flying catches with the media in attendance reminded everyone how he has the ability to take over.

"You know, that's just me," Nabers said. "When I'm out there on the field, just everything I do is just me. I can't really say, 'I can bring it to the NFL.' I can only just play at my level of competition. That was one of those days I was playing at a high level. I'm just glad I got to showcase that with the team. That was really it."



Outside linebacker Brian Burns would have recorded a strip-sack in live action, serving up another appetizer to what could be coming when the season begins. Linebacker Bobby Okereke is certainly excited to have him. "Makes my job a lot easier," Okereke said. "Quarterback has to get the ball out quicker."

As the quarterback of the defense, Okereke shed light on how the new defense is coming together under Shane Bowen.

"It's fun," Okereke said. "I get to play a little bit more coverage. The way Shane calls it, we're going to be multiple. We'll be able to combat the offensive strengths, so we we'll have a good mix of everything. … It is early. I think we can be as good as we want to be. We have very talented pieces and we're just working every day to get better."

Okereke also spoke on the difference between the old and new schemes.

"Wink [Martindale] kind of wanted you to play hard and fast, just play physical, downhill, figure it out," Okereke said. "Here it's a process of elimination. If this guy goes vertical, you check two; if two does this, you check three. You kind of put it in buckets, and that's the process of decision-making I was talking about."

As for the defensive front, Okereke said it is "prolific."

"You've got Dexter Lawrence, Brian Burns, Kayvon Thibodeaux," Okereke said. "Dex is a Pro Bowler. Brian has been Pro Bowler. Kayvon is tracking towards that. Those guys can be as good as they want to be."

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Deonte Banks showed once again he has the tools to be a No. 1 corner in his second season. The former first-round draft pick played perfect coverage to force an incompletion on a deep pass.



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Regarding Okereke’s comments: That sounds like a “read and react” defense. I sure hope that does not apply to the d-line. Those guys need to be turned loose, especially if Bowen’s defense does not include a lot of blitzing.
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Tyrone Tracy Jr. spent a good portion of 11/11 drills today with the 1s. The rookie is already making a push to be the #Giants100 back on passing downs. Pass pro this summer, as always, will be the final test.


This is great to hear. Now where is Nubin? We need an early starter out of the #47 pick.
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