Giants Coaching Camp 8/5: ‘Good job’ to Giants at Fan Fest, extra takeaways

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The New York Giants Practice was full of scrimmage-type situations at MetLife Stadium on Friday night. The lower bowl of the stadium was busy enough for the team’s second fan festival in as many years.

“I had a lot of good work,” head coach Brian Daboll said. “A lot of good things, we tried to put the guys in a lot of different situations … We tried to make it as game-like as possible.

“I think both sides played well.

Injury Notes: Rookie Marcus McKethan is injured

  • Rookie linebacker Marcus McKethan was carted off the field during the scrimmage with an apparent right leg injury. McKethan was taken in the 5th round. Daboll had no information on the extent of McKethan’s injury. A few teammates stopped by the cart before it drove off to wish McKethan.
  • Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson left the field at the end of nearly 20 games. Daboll said Jackson “got a little stronger” because of the cramp.
  • David Sills worked on the sidelines Friday along with newly acquired quarterback Nate Meadors.

Fan Fest lit up

Giants shortstop Xavier McKinney was asked Friday afternoon if he was looking forward to Fan Fest practice.

“Obviously it will be the first time everyone is in the stadium as a group. It will be fun. I know the energy will be up and we’re excited and ready to get our first look at how we’re going to play and know what we’re going to do,” McKinney. said “So it’s going to be fun and we’re looking forward to it.”

After the event, here’s what Daboll had to say about the atmosphere:

“It was good to get the fans out. Excellent support. It was a little different energy, a little more tired…I thought it was exactly what we needed in terms of the pace of practice, the numbers we had.

Quote of the day

– Saquon Barkley on whether he needs to rush Daniel Jones after being hurt so much the last couple of years

Quarterback Stats

This is totally unofficial, but here are the stats I have for Friday night Thursday. Some of these plays may have been negated by penalties, but I’m including every shot I recorded.

  • Daniel Jones: 15 of 26
  • Tyrod Taylor: 8 of 13
  • Davis Webb: 7 of 15

Jones had an uneven first session, going 5-for-12 with two interceptions. Adoree’ Jackson deflected a pass from Kadarius Toney and Tae Crowder threw an interception to Saquon Barkley.

Daboll said that overall, he thought the decisions by all three quarterbacks were “pretty good.”

As for Jones, Daboll said, “I thought he did well.”

Conditioning required

The first Giants teams played in pairs, playing a total of 34 games. Daboll said those long drives were organized on purpose.

“It’s a little hot. A little damp. Which we needed,” Daboll said. “I thought it was competitive practice. I thought the lads were a bit uptight. It’s natural – the fans are here, the music is playing. Really, I think there is room for improvement. We are moving in the right direction, but we are far away.

“We have to improve our conditioning level. That’s why we did those two long runs – everyone could get a feel for where they are individually, but together it’s going to be the highlight of the week.

As previously mentioned, Jackson left before one of those drives ended in what Daboll said was a cramp.

Live fighting

The Giants struggled live with a third-team offense and defense on the field. Daboll said that should help those players prepare for Thursday’s preseason games. New England Patriotsas they are likely to play most of the snaps.

“They’re probably going to play a lot in the preseason,” Daboll said. “I didn’t want it to be the first time they had direct contact.”

Offensive line thoughts

Daboll said he thinks the offensive line is “capable … they’re coming together.”

“You’re going to get the truest test of an offensive line’s evaluation in live replays where you can knock down the quarterback and get the punt back,” Daboll said. “But I think the guys are communicating well, they’re working together, they still have a lot of work to do, but I think they’re moving in the right direction.”

Kayvon Thibodeaux is making an impact

The No. 5 hasn’t made a ton of big plays so far in training camp, but it’s pretty easy to see that he’s difficult for offensive linemen to handle. How is that? Thibodeaux has taken a ton of penalties so far in training camp. He pulled one off rookie right tackle Evan Neal on Friday night.

“He’s hard to block,” Daboll said. “He has done a good job in recent training. He has a variety of helpful moves. Again, he’s a rookie…good young player, he’s got a lot of work to do. I hope he draws more of them.

The list is moving

On Friday, the Giants added offensive tackle Will Holden and waived defensive end Nick Laloso. They also waived linebacker Jarren Williams from injured reserve. With only a few hours to go through the playbook, Holden took third-team reps at right tackle Friday night.

Quick shots

  • Home forward Graham Gano kicked a 30-yard field goal.
  • Undrafted free agent safety Yusuf Corker intercepted a Davis Webb pass, scooping up UDFA cornerback Darren Evans in the end zone and returning it about 60 yards.
  • Doss dropped Webb’s pass that would have been a touchdown. Doss also caught Webb’s deep ball.
  • Wan’Dale Robinson caught a third down from Jones up the middle and turned it around 32 yards.
  • Undrafted free agent tight end Andre Miller, lined up at fullback, caught a pass from Jones on fourth-and-1.
  • Collin Johnson made a catch about 45 yards after a deep pass by Tyrod Taylor that was nullified by a penalty.
  • Leonard Williams was a force in the first team, spending a lot of time in the backfield.
  • The Giants’ setback continued as Garrett McGhin threw Webb wide at one point. Backup center remains a question mark.

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