Observations from Friday’s Giants training camp session.
Prevention is better than cure
They called it a Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at MetLife Stadium, but no live tackling was allowed by the Giants’ first and second teams. That was a good move by freshman head coach Brian Daboll. Sometimes scrimmages can get overheated, with players too scared to hit anyone. The message was to reduce the risk of injury.
The first pass Daniel Jones threw in the team period should have been converted into a pick-six by Adoree’ Jackson. After that, things only got a little better for Jones as he struggled to locate open targets and was under too much pressure and forced to stop it and run too many times.
Caught my eyes
On a third-and-8, defensive coordinator Wink Martindale had rookie LB Kayvon Thibodeaux drop the cover on a pass from Jones to rookie Wan’Dale Robinson for 28 yards. Have a feeling this won’t be the norm this season.
Thibodeaux has shown an explosive outburst as a pass rusher all summer and he was handed several holding penalties – one to LT Andrew Thomas – in scrimmage.
Rookie OL Marcus McKethan, a fifth round pick from North Carolina, went down while blocking the pass and had to be taken off the field.
It was tough for the new TE Ricky Seals-Jones, who missed a sixth practice in a row.
WR David Sills V worked on the side, as did the newly acquired DB Nate Meadors. Also CB Rodarius Williams and WR Robert Foster did not practice. Adoree’ Jackson seemed to cramp on a long drive.