Issues will get particularly attention-grabbing this week, because the Giants are anticipated to have their first padded follow on Tuesday.
Earlier than that, although, listed here are 5 random ideas and observations after the Giants’ first week of coaching camp:
The Joe Decide present: The Giants coach runs a particularly environment friendly follow. That’s one of many first belongings you discover watching the Giants conduct coaching camp — there aren’t any wasted moments. There’s loads taking place without delay, and just about each participant that’s wholesome and working towards goes to be taking part. In 12 months 2, it already seems to be like a well-oiled machine, and it in all probability helps that a lot of the roster is aware of what to anticipate now.
Carter Coughlin stated it was “overwhelming” going into coaching camp final yr — particularly as a rookie — having not skilled Decide or his workers’s teaching strategies with out OTAs and minicamp. This yr, there’s a comfortability for everybody concerned, even new gamers. (Apart from Kelvin Benjamin.)
“A lot extra snug and assured,” Coughlin stated. “I knew what to anticipate from what we had been going to be doing, the best way the coaches function, the best way the group operates, coach Decide’s tradition. That allowed me to simply deal with my place and what I have to do on the sector. The remaining takes care of itself.”
If there was confusion about Decide’s strategies final yr — and there was — there doesn’t seem like anymore. You discover anybody speaking in regards to the strangeness of operating laps after a mistake. At one level, middle Nick Gates obtained the snap rely improper with a drill and didn’t want a coach to inform him to run. He instantly took off himself.
Take it from a brand new participant simply experiencing this Giants tradition for the primary time: Defensive deal with Danny Shelton, who performed for the Patriots in 2018-19 when Decide was particular groups coach.
“I feel Joe’s only a nice man,” Shelton stated. “I imply, he’s the identical individual, actually. He all the time has power. He all the time has that fieriness about him. He’s like one of many guys that you simply simply wish to play for, you don’t wish to let him down.”
“I feel it’s very comparable” to New England, Shelton stated. “I similar to being out right here. Truthfully, it’s the gamers for me. Seeing all people lock into the system. Younger, excessive power and it’s only a nice feeling.”
Offensive line association: The Giants went down an attention-grabbing path with their offensive line this offseason. Quite than revamp the personnel in a bunch that graded because the worst pass-blocking unit within the NFL final yr, they revamped the coaches working with him. Gone had been Dave DeGuglielmo (and Marc Colombo earlier than him), and in got here Rob Sale (from College of Louisiana), Pat Flaherty (from Giants lore) and Freddie Kitchens (from tight ends coach). Ben Wilkerson (assistant offensive line coach) was additionally retained.
That’s loads of cooks within the (Freddie) kitchen.
It appears to be operating easily to date.
Throughout Saturday’s practice in Newark, media was capable of get a more in-depth have a look at the offensive line operation. Sale, who has by no means coached within the NFL earlier than, was the clear captain of the ship, telling everybody what to do, the place to go and getting hands-on with instruction the place vital.
“He’s a great coach, robust coach, expects loads out of you,” middle Nick Gates stated of Sale. “However he’s a great instructor and he’s a excessive power man. He runs round with us.”
Wilkerson was the opposite coach barking out orders in tune with Sale. Kitchens was extra of a supervisor, whereas Flaherty — the longtime Tom Coughlin cohort — would pop in to supply suggestions from time to time. At one level, deal with Nate Solder went as much as him to ask a query.
To date, the operation appears to be operating easily.
“It’s high quality, they’re all on the identical web page, all work collectively,” Gates stated. “If one doesn’t know the reply to a query, all of them be certain to get collectively and determine it out collectively.”
An attention-grabbing notice that Gates additionally talked about: The distinction in teaching model between Colombo and Sale, particularly when it comes to method.
Gates stated that Colombo — a former offensive lineman himself — taught extra “set-back vertical” stance and “not a lot of a slide.”
“We’re extra within the slide world now and I really feel prefer it’s going to assist go professional and never go away guys on an island,” Gates stated.
Nick Gates’ function: Talking of Gates, Decide had an attention-grabbing quote final week the place he, unprompted, began speaking a couple of willingness to slip him over to play guard and even deal with.
“You’re going to see Nick Gates at instances, we might flex him to protect or deal with,” Decide stated. “We’re all the time constructing our flexibility offensively to make it possible for if one thing occurs, we are able to interchange elements and carry on shifting.”
There won’t be a participant higher suited to maneuver across the offensive line — he performed each guard and deal with in his first NFL season — however it could nonetheless really feel unusual if the Giants moved Gates off middle, particularly because it appeared like he was coming into his personal on the place to finish final season after beginning off tough. He didn’t enable a single sack final season, based on Professional Soccer Focus, and solely allowed two complete pressures within the final six video games.
It was the primary time he’d ever performed the place, and he feels extra snug enjoying it now.
“I really feel much more snug. I’m mentally attempting to choose up some issues and attempting to know the defenses higher. However it’s positively coming to me loads simpler than it was at the moment final yr,” Gates stated. “The start of the season, these first 5-6 video games had been fairly tough. There have been loads of studying curves in there, attempting to determine issues.”
However the Giants are in an attention-grabbing since all of their guard choices are legit query marks. Shane Lemieux (knee) is out proper now, however even wholesome he didn’t have an important rookie yr. Will Hernandez was benched for Lemieux at left guard final yr and is now attempting to play proper guard for the primary time. Kenny Wiggins has been filling in at left guard, however the veteran hasn’t been a full-time starter since 2018.
Veteran Zach Fulton has had some good seasons, however allowed essentially the most sacks (11) within the NFL final yr and signed a minimal contract.
Alternatively, the Giants signed Joe Looney on Saturday and immediately plugged him in because the second-team middle, and added the (injured) Jonotthan Harrison (42 profession begins) this offseason too. The Giants will play their 5 finest offensive linemen.
It’s not inconceivable that might imply Gates is enjoying guard and Looney or Harrison begin at middle sooner or later, although the Giants needs to be in search of some type of continuity at middle for Daniel Jones’ sake.
“I’m open to something,” Gates stated. “I don’t thoughts enjoying no matter. I really feel like since I obtained right here, I used to be undrafted. I nonetheless view myself as undrafted. You continue to gotta be capable of leap round from place to place, be a group participant. If anyone goes down they usually want some assist, you gotta be capable of do it. I feel it helps me too. Hopefully I keep a Large for all times, however you by no means know. You set as many positions on movie so groups see that.”
WR battles after the highest 4: The roster battles happening at broad receiver have been enjoyable to observe to date and that ought to proceed all through coaching camp. The highest 4 — Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Kadarius Toney — are in all probability locked in, although it’s unclear what Toney’s function could be this season contemplating he hasn’t even practiced but.
However after that, just a few completely different gamers are staking their declare for roster spots.
That begins with John Ross. The speedy free agent signee was unimpressive within the spring, although he was battling an harm. He’s been spectacular to date, and he may need a stake because the quickest receiver within the NFL … when wholesome. He’s simply not often wholesome, and was an unquestioned bust in Cincinnati. He’s assured $1 million which helps his trigger, however he’s additionally regarded strong in camp to date.
Ross was refreshingly self-aware in his first interview with Giants media.
“I feel my greatest factor isn’t my capacity, it’s my availability and me being wholesome,” Ross stated. “You’ll be able to inform once I’m not wholesome, you’ll be able to see when issues aren’t going proper, and I feel that’s my greatest factor. I haven’t performed 16 video games but and I’m happening my fifth yr. I feel that claims loads and that’s a giant deal.”
After Ross, the following finest receivers have in all probability been C.J. Board and David Sills. Board was with the Giants all of final season and is catching just about every part thrown to him. Sills has good measurement (6-4, 210), is shut with Daniel Jones and coaches appear to belief him.
Austin Mack was off to a pleasant begin — and confirmed some flashes as a rookie — however harm his hamstring on Friday and it’s unclear when he’ll return.
Dante Pettis performed properly on the finish of the season however has been considerably disappointing to date, each as a receiver and a returner. Possibly he’ll be higher off as soon as the Giants use the entire subject in group drills and begin enjoying in pads.
If the Giants preserve 5 receivers, Ross is the favourite for the No. 5 spot. In the event that they preserve six, it will get attention-grabbing — and the preseason will assist.
Roster bubble: Just a few notable gamers, I feel, which have loads to show nonetheless to stay round on the 53-man roster …
– LB Reggie Ragland: The veteran free agent appeared like a great guess to make it as the highest inside linebacker backup. Now he’s on the Non-Soccer Harm Checklist and hasn’t practiced but, the Giants simply signed veteran free agent Todd Davis and second-year Carter Coughlin — a transformed outdoors linebacker — has been a standout in camp. Ragland is barely on a minimal contract.
– G Zach Fulton: It was fairly telling that since Shane Lemieux went down with a knee harm, Kenny Wiggins has been filling in at left guard. Not Fulton. The veteran’s lack of versatility doesn’t bode properly for him, and he hasn’t truly been pushing Will Hernandez at proper guard both. He’s additionally on a minimal contract.
– C Jonotthan Harrison: He was a protected guess to be the backup middle heading into camp, however he’s injured and on the PUP checklist, and the Giants simply signed a veteran (Joe Looney) with ties to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. If his harm lingers, that doesn’t bode properly.
And the flip-side of that: Some stunning gamers that might wind up making it …
– G Kenny Wiggins: As talked about, he’s been surprisingly filling in at left guard and he spent a bit of final season with the Giants already, in contrast to Fulton.
– OLB Trent Harris: He hung round on the Giants roster final season and was an afterthought coming into coaching camp. However with Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines each banged up, Harris has been getting extra first-team reps than even free agent signee Ifeadi Odenigbo.
– DB Madre Harper: He’s well liked by the teaching workers and so long as Nate Ebner remains to be not round, Harper is an efficient candidate to stay round for a particular groups function.
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