Giants coaching camp, 8/5: ‘Good job’ to the Giants at Fan Fest, extra takeaways

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants he ran through a practice full of scrimmage-type situations during Friday afternoon’s Fan Fest at MetLife Stadium. The lower bowl of the stadium was good enough for the team’s second Fan Festival in recent years.

“​​​​​​​got a lot of good work out there,” head coach Brian Daboll said. “A lot of good things, I tried to put the guys in a lot of different situations … try to make it as much like a game as we could.

“I thought both sides competed well.”

Injury notes: Rookie guard Marcus McKethan was injured

  • Rookie guard Marcus McKethan carted off the field during the scrimmage with an apparent right leg injury. McKethan was drafted in Round 5. Daboll did not know the extent of McKethan’s injury. Several colleagues stopped by the cart before it drove off to offer their best wishes to McKethan.
  • Cornerback Adoree Jackson left the field near the end of a drive of nearly 20 plays. Daboll said Jackson was “just a little bit tighter” with a cramp.
  • Wide receiver David Sills worked out on the sideline Friday, along with newly acquired defensive back Nate Meadors.

Fueled for Fan Fest

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

“Obviously, this will be everyone’s first time as a group, out there in the stadium. It will be fun. I know the energy will be up, we’re excited, and we’re ready to get that first little glimpse of 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 there. Great support. He was a little different in terms of energy, a little more tired … he thought it was exactly what we needed in terms of the pace of practice, the amount of plays we had.”

Quote of the day

— Saquon Barkley on whether he feels an urgency to help Daniel Jones after being hurt so much the past few years

Last quarter statistics

These are completely unofficial, but here are my stats for quarterbacks on Friday night. A few of these plays may have been nullified by penalties, but I’m counting every throw I made.

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

Jones had an uneven first session, going 5 of 12 and throwing two potential interceptions. Adoree Jackson batted down a pass from Kadarius Toney, and Tae Crowder threw an interception on a throw intended for Saquon Barkley.

Daboll said that overall he felt the decision making of the three quarterbacks was “good”.

Of Jones in particular, Daboll said “I thought it worked well.”

One notable thing about the offense is that the Giants ran a pretty plain vanilla offense. A lot of the offer we’ve seen in training camp was absent.

Atmosphere required

The Giants had the first teams on the field with a pair of drives that totaled 34 plays. Daboll said those long drives were put together on purpose.

“A little hot. A little damp. Just what we needed,” Daboll said. “I thought it was a competitive practice. I thought the guys were a little more upbeat. It’s natural – fans out here, music going. Definitely there is a lot to improve I think. We are moving in the right direction, but we are a long way off.

“We have to improve our conditioning level. That’s why we did those two long drives – everyone could feel where they are individually, but together that’s going to be the focus this week.”

As previously mentioned, Jackson left before one of those drives ended with what Daboll said was cramping.

Live combat

The Giants made a period of live tackling with the third team offense and defense on the field. Daboll said that was to help those players prepare for Thursday’s preseason opener vs New England Patriotssince they will probably play most of the snaps.

“They’ll probably play a lot in the preseason,” Daboll said. “He didn’t want this to be the first time they had live contact.”

Offensive line ideas

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

“You get the real test of offensive line evaluation in live reps where you can bring down a quarterback, you can bring down a running back,” Daboll said. “But I think the boys have good communication, they’re working together, there’s still a long way to go, but I think they’re moving in the right direction.”

Kayvon Thibodeaux making an impact

The No. 1 pick hasn’t made many exciting plays. 5 so far in training camp, but it’s pretty easy to see that offensive linemen are tough to handle. How is that? Thibodeaux has drawn a lot of possession penalties so far in training camp. On Friday night, he pulled one off rookie right tackle Evan Neal.

“He’s hard to block,” Daboll said. “He’s done a good job these last few practices. He has a variety of pass rush moves. Again, he’s a rookie … good young player, he’s got a lot of work to do. Hopefully it will attract more of them.”

The roster moves

The Giants added offensive tackle Will Holden on Friday and waived cornerback Niko Lalos. They also waived defensive back Jarren Williams from injured reserve. Holden, with just a few hours to digest the playbook, was taking third-team reps at right tackle on Friday night.

Quick hits

  • Placekicker Graham Gano made a 30-yard field goal.
  • Undrafted free agent safety Yusuf Corker intercepted a Davis Webb pass, catching a deflection from UDFA cornerback Darren Evans in the end zone and returning it about 60 yards.
  • Doss dropped a pass from Webb that would have been a touchdown. Doss also had a catch on a deep ball by Webb.
  • Wan’Dale Robinson caught a third-down pass from Jones over the middle and turned it into a gain of about 32 yards.
  • Andre Miller, who was lined up at fullback, caught a touchdown pass from Jones on fourth-and-1.
  • Collin Johnson had a 45-yard catch on a deep ball from Tyrod Taylor that was nullified by a holding penalty.
  • Leonard Williams was a force during first team work, spending a lot of time in the backfield.
  • The Ravens’ woes continued when Garrett McGhin dropped Webb wide at one point. The backup center is still a question mark.

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