EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants ran through a practice filled with scrimmage type situations during Friday night’s Fan Fest at MetLife Stadium. The lower bowl of the stadium was quite well occupied for the second Fan Fest of the equipment in as many years.
“Got a lot of good work there,” head coach Brian Daboll said. “A lot of good things, tried to put the kids in a lot of different situations … tried to make it as game-like as we could.
“I thought both sides competed well.”
Injury notes: Freshman guard Marcus McKethan injured
- Freshman guard Marcus McKethan was carted off the field during the scrimmage with an apparent right leg injury. McKethan was drafted in Round 5. Daboll did not have any information on the extent of McKethan’s injury. A few teammates 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 nearly 20-play drive. Daboll said Jackson “just strained a little bit” with a brace.
- Wide receiver David Sills worked out on the sideline Friday, along with newly acquired defensive back Nate Meadors.
WR Robert Foster, TE Ricky Seals-Jones and CB Rodarius Williams not practicing again. Sixth straight missed practice for Seals-Jones.
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Fired up for Fan Fest
Giants safety Xavier McKinney was asked Friday afternoon if he was looking forward to the Fan Fest practice.
“Obviously, it will be our first time, all as a group, out there in the stadium. It will be fun. I know the energy is going to be up, we’re excited, and we’re ready to kind of get a 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, this is what Daboll had to say about the atmosphere:
“It was good to get the fans out. Great support. It was a little different energy, a little more tired … thought it was exactly what we needed in terms of tempo of practice, the amount of games we had.”
Quote of the day
– Saquon Barkley does he feel an urgency to help Daniel Jones after being injured a lot the past two years
These are completely unofficial, but here are the stats I have for quarterbacks on Friday night. A handful of these plays may have been negated by penalties, but I’m including every throw I charted.
- Daniel Jones: 15 out of 26
- Tyrod Taylor: 8 of 13
- Davis Webb: 7 out of 15
Jones had an uneven first session, going 5 of 12 and throwing two balls that could have been caught. Adoree Jackson knocked a pass away from Kadarius Toney, and Tae Crowder dropped an interception on a throw intended for Saquon Barkley.
Daboll said that overall he felt the decision of all three quarterbacks was “pretty good.”
As for Jones in particular, Daboll said “I thought he did a good job.”
A notable thing about the offense was that the Giants ran a pretty vanilla, simple offense. A lot of the movement we saw in training camp was absent.
The first teams of the giants were on the field for a pair of drives totaling 34 games. Daboll said those long drives were orchestrated on purpose.
“A little warm. A little humid. What we needed,” said Daboll. “I thought it was a competitive practice. I thought the guys were a little more optimistic. It’s natural — fans here, music going. Sure, I think there’s a lot to improve. We’re moving in the right direction, but we are distant
“We have to improve our conditioning level. That’s why we did those two long rides — everyone could feel where they are individually, but collectively that will be a point of emphasis this week.”
As mentioned earlier, Jackson left before one of those drives ended with what Daboll said was a cramp.
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 against the New England Patriotsbecause they will probably play most of the snaps.
“They’re probably going to play a lot in the preseason,” Daboll said. “Didn’t want it to be the first time they had direct contact.”
Offensive line thoughts
Daboll said he thought the offensive line “gelled … they’re coming together.”
“You’re going to get the truest test of evaluating the offensive line in live reps where you can bring a quarterback down, you can bring a running back down,” Daboll said. “But I think the kids are communicating well, they’re working together, still have a long way to go, but I think they’re going in the right direction.”
Kayvon Thibodeaux making an impact
The No. 5 overall pick hasn’t made a ton of splash plays so far in training camp, but it’s pretty easy to see him being tough for offensive linemen to handle. how is that Thibodeaux has drawn a lot of holding 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 entry rush moves. Again, he’s a rookie … good young player, he’s got a lot to work on. I hope he draws more of them.”
Roster is moving
The Giants added offensive tackle Will Holden on Friday and waived linebacker Niko Lalos. They also waived defensive back Jarren Williams off injured reserve. Holden, with just a few hours to digest the playbook, took three-team reps at right tackle Friday night.
- Place kicker 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 from Webb.
- Wan’Dale Robinson caught a third-down pass from Jones over the middle and turned it into a gain of about 32 yards.
- Undrafted free agent tight end Andre Miller, lined up at fullback, caught a pass from Jones on fourth-and-1.
- Collin Johnson had a catch of about 45 yards on a deep ball from Tyrod Taylor nullified by a holding penalty.
- Leonard Williams was a force during first-team work, spending considerable time in the backfield.
- The Giants’ snapping woes continued as Garrett McGhin fired a snap well wide of Webb at one point. Backup center remains a question mark.