EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants took part in a practice filled with scrimmage-type situations during Friday night’s Fan Fest at MetLife Stadium. The stadium’s lower bowl was pretty busy for the team’s second Fan Fest in as many years.
“I did a lot of good work,” said head coach Brian Daboll. “A lot of good stuff, I tried to put guys in a lot of different situations…I tried to make it as playful as possible.
“I think the two teams played each other well.”
Injury notes: Rookie guard Marcus McKethan injured
- Rookie goalie Marcus McKethan was carried off the field during the scrum with an apparent injury to his right leg. McKethan was drafted in Round 5. Daboll had no information on the extent of McKethan’s injury. A number of teammates stopped by the cart before it drove off to offer their best wishes to McKethan.
- Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson left the field late in a streak of nearly 20 games. Daboll said Jackson “just tightened up a bit” with cramp.
- Wide receiver David Sills worked on the side Friday, along with newly acquired defensive back Nate Meadors.
WR Robert Foster, TE Ricky Seals-Jones and CB Rodarius Williams are no longer training. Sixth practice missed in a row for Seals-Jones.
—Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 5, 2022
Fired up for the Fan Fest
Giants safety Xavier McKinney was asked Friday afternoon if he was looking forward to Fan Fest practice.
“Obviously it will be our first time everyone as a group, there in the stadium. It’s going to be fun. I know the energy is going to rise, we’re excited and we’re ready to get our first taste the way we’re going to play and what we’re going to do,” McKinney said. “So it’s going to be fun, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Following the event, here’s what Daboll had to say about the vibe:
“It was good to have the fans in. Great support. It was a bit different energy, a bit more tired…I thought that was exactly what we needed in terms of training pace, number of games we had.
quote of the day
— Saquon Barkley on whether he feels the urgency to help Daniel Jones after he’s been hurt so much for the past two years
This is entirely unofficial, but here are the stats I have for Friday night quarters. A handful of those plays may have been nullified by penalties, but I’m including every pitch I’ve plotted.
- Daniel Jones: 15 out of 26
- Tyrod Taylor: 8 out of 13
- David Webb: 7 out of 15
Jones had an uneven first session, going 5 of 12 and throwing two balls that could have been intercepted. Adoree’ Jackson hit a pass away from Kadarius Toney, and Tae Crowder dropped an interception on a throw intended for Saquon Barkley.
Daboll said overall he felt the three-quarters’ decision-making was “pretty good.”
Regarding Jones in particular, Daboll said, “I thought he was doing well.”
The first Giants teams were on the field for a pair of practices totaling 34 games. Daboll said these long drives were intentionally orchestrated.
” A bit hot. A little damp. What we needed,” Daboll said. “I thought it was competitive practice. I thought the guys were a bit more optimistic. It’s natural – fans here, music. There is definitely a lot to improve I think. We are heading in the right direction, but we are far from it.
“We have to improve our level of conditioning. That’s why we took those two long drives – everyone could have had a sense of where they were individually, but collectively it’s going to be a point of focus this week.
As previously mentioned, Jackson left before any of those rides ended with what Daboll called cramps.
The Giants made a period of live tackles with the third team offense and defense on the field. Daboll said it’s to help those players prepare for Thursday’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots, as they’ll likely play the bulk of the snaps.
“They will probably play a lot in pre-season,” Daboll said. “I didn’t want it to be the first time they had live contact.”
Offensive line thoughts
Daboll said he thinks the offensive line is “jelling…they’re coming together.”
“You’ll get the truest test of an offensive line assessment in live reps where you can knock a quarterback down, you can roll back,” Daboll said. “But I think the guys are communicating well, they’re working together, they still have a long way to go, but I think they’re going in the right direction.”
Kayvon Thibodeaux is having an effect
The No. 5 overall pick hasn’t made a ton of splashy plays so far in training camp, but it’s pretty easy to see he’s tough for offensive linemen to deal with. How is? Thibodeaux has taken numerous penalties for detention so far in training camp. On Friday night, he fired one from rookie right tackle Evan Neal.
“He’s hard to block,” Daboll said. “He had done a good job in recent training. He has a variety of pass rush moves. Again, he’s a rookie… good young player, he has a lot to work on. I hope he will draw more.
The Giants added offensive tackle Will Holden on Friday and waived linebacker Niko Lalos. They also waived defensive back Jarren Williams from injured reserve. Holden, with just a few hours to digest the playbook, took on third-team reps at right tackle Friday night.
- Placekicker Graham Gano made a 30-yard field goal.
- Undrafted free agent safety Yusuf Corker intercepted a pass from Davis Webb, grabbing a deflection by UDFA cornerback Darren Evans in the end zone and returning it about 60 yards out.
- Doss dropped a pass from Webb that would have been a touchdown. Doss also caught a deep ball from Webb.
- Wan’Dale Robinson caught a third pass from Jones in the middle and turned it into a gain of about 32 yards.
- Undrafted free agent tight end Andre Miller, lined up at the back, caught a touchdown pass from Jones on a fourth-and-one.
- Collin Johnson made a catch from about 45 yards on a through ball from Tyrod Taylor canceled out by a holding penalty.
- Leonard Williams was a force during first-team work, spending considerable time in the backfield.
- The Giants’ slamming issues continued as Garrett McGhin fired a wide slam from Webb at one point. The rescue center remains a question mark.