EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The chemistry between New York Giants QB Daniel Jones and his latest weapon has been percolating within the Meadowlands. On Friday, through the group’s annual FanFest observe at MetLife Stadium, Jones struggled to search out consistency as a passer, however his reference to rookie wideout Wan’Dale Robinson remained one of many few vibrant spots in an in any other case mediocre two-week begin for the offense at training camp.
New York Giants coaching camp: Daniel Jones uneven in entrance of a crowd at FanFest
Jones received off to a tough begin through the first drive in entrance of followers. The QB accomplished simply 4 of 11 passes for 45 yards through the preliminary sequence, and the drive’s longevity solely existed because of head coach Brian Daboll’s want to see Jones obtain a wholesome workload.
Following a 2-yard run and a near-pick by Jones to begin the drive, cornerback Darnay Holmes blitzed with nothing however the QB and grass in entrance of him. In a sport, Holmes would have cleaned Jones’ clock, however since there was no contact within the observe — particularly for the QB — the refs let the play proceed as Holmes basically froze in entrance of Jones.
To his credit score, Jones left the pocket and made a wonderful throw on the run to Robinson, a second-round choose in April, over the center. From there, Robinson took off on an angle and picked up a 28-yard achieve on the catch-and-run.
The offense-oriented Daboll let Jones proceed his work and even moved the ball in situations when the offense didn’t convert on fourth down. Jones’ different constructive play was a 27-yard run for a landing in a non-contact observe.
Daboll moved the ball again to the 5-yard line after the run and the Giants failed to choose up a landing on 4 consecutive performs, with Jones throwing off the mark on two of the 4 makes an attempt. The fourth-down failure got here on a bounce ball for wideout Kenny Golladay, who didn’t get his ft inbounds ultimately zone.
Jones recovered on the subsequent drive, main the offense to a landing on the sequence. The QB accomplished 8 of 11 passes for 67 yards and a TD on the drive, capping the sequence with a 1-yard scoring strike — on a rollout toss — to tight finish Andre Miller. The spotlight of the drive, aside from the TD, was a 21-yard display cross to RB Saquan Barkley. Jones did a pleasant job of timing the cross, suckering within the protection, and tossing the ball to Barkley with room to run.
Whereas monitoring coaching camp tosses might be about as fruitful as chasing ghosts, for the sake of this exercise — which performed out like a scrimmage — Jones went 12 of twenty-two for 112 yards and a landing. It was a “inventory even” night time for the beginning QB.
Kayvon Thibodeaux continues to impress at coaching camp
The Giants need to really feel nice about first-round choose Kayvon Thibodeaux by two weeks of coaching camp. He has routinely outmuscled offensive linemen with a mixture of velocity and energy, and his athleticism is off the charts. In the course of the first two first-team drills on Friday, Thibodeaux picked up a would-be sack (performs weren’t whistled lifeless all through the night time) after which pressured a holding penalty on left sort out Andrew Thomas.
Thibodeaux, the fifth general choose in April, routinely pressured strain on Jones all through the stadium observe from the skin linebacker place. Whereas there was no option to gauge the totality of his work with out stay physicality, he seemed the half in entrance of an honest turnout of followers.
Secondary appears swell on Friday night time
On the second group rep of the observe, No. 1 cornerback Adoree’ Jackson almost picked off Jones on a comeback route by wideout Kadarius Toney. Jackson received each palms on the ball however didn’t haul it in. That play was a sign of what was to come back, because the secondary produced a number of breakups towards the offense.
A few sequence later, cornerback Darren Evans made an awesome play with the deep-depth protection. He broke up a cross from third-string QB Davis Webb to wideout Darius Slayton down the sphere.
Then, security Julian Love was in a position to rip a ball out of Robinson’s palms after Jones hit him on the sideline to pressure an incompletion. Additionally, cornerback Michael Jacquet and security Yusef Corker mixed for a breakup on wideout Collin Johnson when backup QB Tyrod Taylor tossed a deep ball to a “go” route.
Afterward, Webb focused wideout Keelan Doss on a fade route, and Evans tipped the bounce ball to Corker, who collected the choose. Corker received some nice blocking in entrance of him as he got here out of the tip zone and returned the ball 55 yards to the opposing 45-yard line.
Cornerback Zyon Gilbert additionally made a formidable leaping cross breakup on a 15-yard toss from Webb to wideout Alex Bachman ultimately zone.
General, it was a superb signal to see your complete secondary — from first- to third-team models — have its moments.
Rookie offensive lineman Marcus MeKethan suffered a leg harm through the second set of second-team drills. Throughout a play that resulted in a number of flags being thrown, MeKethan went down and held his leg, as Taylor rolled out to his left for a deep ball that fell incomplete close to the tip zone. MeKethan, a fifth-round choose in April, was finally carted off the sphere.
Heart Nick Gates, offensive sort out Matt Peart, and wideout Sterling Shepard remained on the bodily unable to carry out (PUP) listing and didn’t participate within the night time observe. Linebacker Azeez Ojulari remained on the non-football harm (NFI) listing.
Offensive lineman Matt Gono is on the exempt/left squad listing. In line with a league supply, Gono is coping with a neck harm and is away from the group. He doesn’t depend towards the 90-man roster, and he was changed with the signing of offensive sort out Will Holden previous to FanFest. Holden is sporting No. 79 for the Giants.
Fast Hits from Giants FanFest
- Webb did a pleasant job with a floater to Doss on a fade route. Davis beat Evans by a few steps and picked up roughly 20 yards on the play.
- Taylor had a well-placed cross on a brief TD rating by wideout Richie James. Taylor has seemed calm and picked up in PFN’s viewings of him all through the summer time. On the very least, Taylor can push Jones in camp and all through the season together with his credibility and expertise.
- Working again Matt Brieda has been on 4 completely different groups over the previous 4 summers. The previous undrafted working again hung out in San Franciso, Miami, and Buffalo earlier than re-joining Daboll and GM Joe Schoen within the Meadowlands this offseason. This author has attended two Giants practices through the first two weeks of camp and has come away impressed by Brieda, who clearly has the benefit of understanding Daboll’s protection. He’s enjoying quick mentally and bodily this summer time.
- Bachman had a few spectacular catch-and-run performs with the deep-depth offensive models. He might need a shot of sticking round underneath a brand new regime.
- The PFN’Coaching Camp Tour’s northeast leg will proceed with a second night time at MetLife Stadium, because the New York Jets host their annual Inexperienced & White Scrimmage on Saturday night time.