The New York Giants have a preseason game in less than a week, believe it or not, as they travel to Foxboro, Mass. to face the New England Patriots on Thursday, August 11. So, as we wrap up what really is week two of Internship with Friday Night Fan Fest at MetLife Stadium, let’s take a look at the offense.
There will also be a matching piece on the defense.
Hall: Daniel Jones
Backups: Tyrod Taylor, Davis Webb
Let’s start with Daniel Jones. The first few days of training camp were uneven for the fourth-year quarterback. This week, Jones has been much sharper. He kicked the ball beautifully on Wednesday and, in my eyes, didn’t make any questionable decisions.
Blips and a few rough days are to be expected. Head coach Brian Daboll said the Giants are still experimenting with passing concepts, trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t with their staff. Many routes also have options that require communication between quarterback and receiver, and fixing that will be a work in progress.
“I think when you go to a movie theater and you’re the coordinator or you’re a coach teaching guys, you try not to ride the waves of really playing for the sake of playing. Because a lot of good things are happening. You know, the details of the game that the guys do it right. And you try to be as consistent as possible whether it’s a completion or a failure,” said head coach Brian Daboll. “Why is it incomplete? You teach it. Why is it complete? It may be a completion, and the game still isn’t exactly how you need it. The effectiveness of it.
“I’m just trying to keep these guys as balanced as possible. Find out what we need to fix, and if something’s right, let them know it’s right. We’re going out and there’s six incompletes, I don’t m don’t really care. Because there are a lot of things going on in the room or the reason for that. And conversely, if the ball touches the ground a little, it’s fine. But there is maybe be things that, even if it’s a completion, we really have to fix them because it will cost us as we go along.
Taylor and Webb have each had a great time this summer. Taylor throws a nice deep ball and showed that if he needed to play, the Giants would be in good hands.
Running back (6)
Hall: Saquon Barkley
Backups: Matt Breida, Antonio Williams, Gary Brightwell, Jashaun Corbin, Sandro Platzgummer
Daboll recently used the word “explosive” when discussing Barkley’s appearance. The 2018 first-round pick certainly looks better than he did a year ago when he returned from major knee surgery.
Barkley is used creatively as a receiver, which we’ve already discussed. Something that might fly under the radar with Barkley is that during the padded practice session on Monday and Wednesday, Barkley seemed to be making an effort to get the games where they’re supposed to go. It’s something he hasn’t always done in the past.
“The last two years haven’t gone the way I wanted, I kind of reflected on that. Everything happens for a reason; Everything happens for a reason. So the adversity, the hurts that were put on my way the last two years, God has a bigger plan and it’s all gonna work out,” Barkley said. “So coming this year, year five, for me, I just want, like I said in my first interview when I spoke to you this year, I just want to show the (New York) Giants that they man that they drafted is still here. I can still go out there and make the plays and help my team be successful.
Tight end (7)
Hall: Daniel Bellinger
Backups: Ricky Seals-Jones, Jordan Akins, Chris Myarick, Jeremiah Hall, Austin Allen, André Miller
Bellinger, the fourth-round rookie pick, is the undisputed starter. After the pre-training camp scare when he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with a quad problem, he was removed from the PUP and worked as a first-team tight end all days.
Bellinger was unspectacular, but he catches the ball when it comes and has enough speed to threaten the seam of the defense.
The backup situation is confusing. Seals-Jones has an unknown injury and hasn’t practiced recently. Akins remained silent. The only time I noticed Myarick was Wednesday when he dragged Kayvon Thibodeaux to the ground and was flagged for holding. Of the undrafted trio of Hall, Allen and Miller, Hall has been the most impressive and appears to have the best chance of earning a spot on the roster.
Wide Receivers (14)
Starters: Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Wan’Dale Robinson
Backups: Alex Bachman, CJ Board, Keelan Doss, Robert Foster, Richie James, Collin Johnson, Marcus Kemp, Austin Proehl, David Sills, Darius Slayton
PUPPY : Sterling Shepard
The best thing about training camp so far? Golladay and Toney, who barely trained before the season a year ago, worked every day. Constant work on the training ground should give both a better chance of being productive when the games start in September.
Golladay, much like Jones, walked through early camp training. He was outstanding Wednesday, probably the best he’s seen since joining the Giants.
Golladay recently revealed that he spent much of the offseason in New Jersey working with Jones.
“That’s how much it means to me, to be honest. Just go to the workout room and do little things, work out here to the weight room, then throw with DJ,” Golladay said. “Of course you take your time during the week or the weekend to go and do your personal business as far as travel and stuff, but I just remarked to myself that I wanted to be here and really focus on my body. a bit more.
Toney has been healthy, happy and productive. His twisted one-handed touchdown on the first day of practice might still be the best play of camp so far.
“I feel like I’m more confident, it’s all about experience,” Toney said. “Last year I was just a rookie coming in quite young and learning everything. This year, second year, so I had experience on the pitch, I had ups and downs and i’m just here to be who i am.
Depending on how the reps have been divided and the ability of the special teams they possess, James and Board could have a favored lead on backup duties. Collin Johnson has had a productive camp so far and, as he always does in camp, David Sills has made a few plays.
Darius Slayton has had good times and bad times. I continue to see Slayton as a roster bubble player.
Offensive line (14)
Starters: Andrew Thomas (LT), Shane Lemieux (LG), Jon Feliciano (C), Mark Glowinski (RG), Evan Neal (RT)
Backups: Ben Bredeson, Joshua Ezeudu, Jamil Douglas, Max Garcia, Devery Hamilton, Marcus McKethan, Josh Rivas, Roy Mbaeteka, Garrett McGhin
PUPPY : Nick Gates, Matt Peart
Now let’s get to the things everyone wants to know. How is the offensive line, reworked for the millionth time since the last Super Bowl won by the Giants? Well, let’s start by going player by player on the starting offensive line.
The third-year left tackle is having a great camp. He looks healthy after off-season ankle surgery – he’s taken on a full workload and hasn’t been restricted at all. Entering his third season, is Thomas ready to step up and become an elite left tackle?
“Honestly, I’m just competing with myself,” Thomas said. “There’s a lot of things I’ve seen in the last year that I need to clean up and things that I need to improve on. Once I get this on film, I think it will speak for itself- same.
He looks healthy after missing all but 17 snaps in 2021 with a patellar tendon injury in his left knee. Lemieux also took snaps at center, perhaps a harbinger of a future move to that position.
“I think it was the first day of the pads last year, it was the first day I hurt myself (in my knee). I don’t think about that. You know what I mean? You can’t get into the mindset of thinking about the past or having that on your mind because then you’ll be playing slow,” Lemieux said. “I’m healthy now and just working to get better. .”
The starting center missed four practices after having a heat/hydration issue at the end of the second practice. His value was demonstrated when Ben Bredeson, Jamil Douglas and Max Garcia all struggled to break the ball with precision, leading the Giants to experiment with Lemieux at center point.
There really isn’t much to say about the veteran right guard. Glowinski struggled with Leonard Williams, but he’s not alone.
The No. 7 overall pick is having some growing pains. He’s looked bad in some of his matchups this week, and Nick Falato has looked at some of the reasons why. The big man is immensely athletic and hugely talented, and right now there’s no reason to think things won’t get better for him.
“I like to say I’ll never be a finished product, I just want to make sure I’m better than yesterday. In Alabama, coach (Nick) Saban liked to say, ‘outork yesterday.’ where I’m really at,” Neal said. “I like to say I’m my biggest critic. No one can criticize me more than myself. I focus on the bad stuff, but I also have to acknowledge the good things because there’s good that I’m doing. I just watch the movie and take what I can out of it and just focus on improving, not making the same mistakes and building on the positive things.
Vault issues have already been discussed. If Feliciano gets injured or just misbehaves, it won’t be a shock to see Lemieux at center and rookie Joshua Ezeudu at left guard.
Ezeudu, like he was in North Carolina, has been Mr. Versatility so far. He worked at left guard and both tackle spots. He probably worked at right guard too, I don’t remember seeing him.
The loss of Matt Gono leaves the Giants without an experienced swing tackle. If the Giants aren’t sure Ezeudu can handle him, they may add a veteran for that task when teams trim their rosters at the end of the preseason.