EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants went through a workout full of scrimmage-style situations during Friday night’s Fan Fest at MetLife Stadium. The lower shell of the stadium was fairly well filled for the team’s second Fan Fest in as many years.
“I did a lot of good work there,” said head coach Brian Daboll. “A lot of good stuff, we tried to put the guys in a lot of different situations… tried to make it as game-like as possible.
“I thought both sides competed well.”
Injury Notes: Rookie guard Marcus McKethan injured
- Rookie guard Marcus McKethan was sent off during scrimmage with an apparent right leg injury. McKethan was drafted on round 5. Daboll had no information about the extent of McKethan’s injury. Several teammates stopped by the cart before it drove off to offer McKethan well wishes.
- Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson left the field near the end of a drive of nearly 20 plays. Daboll said Jackson “just got a little tighter” with a cramp.
- Wide receiver David Sills was sidelined on Friday along with newly acquired defending defender Nate Meadors.
WR Robert Foster, TE Ricky Seals-Jones and CB Rodarius Williams are no longer practicing. Sixth consecutive missed practice for Seals-Jones.
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Excited for Fan Fest
Safety Giants Xavier McKinney was asked Friday afternoon if he was looking forward to the Fan Fest drill.
“Obviously it is the first time for us that everyone as a group is there in the stadium. It’s gonna be fun. I know the energy is going up, we’re excited, and we’re ready to get a little bit of a first 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 looking forward to it.”
After the event, here’s what Daboll said about the atmosphere:
“It was good to get the fans out. Good help. It was a little bit different energy, a little bit more fatigued… I thought it was just what we needed in terms of pace of training, the amount of play we had.”
Quote of the day
— Saquon Barkley on whether he feels the urgency to help Daniel Jones after being hurt so much over the years
These are completely unofficial, but here are the stats I have for Friday night quarterbacks. A handful of these plays may have been negated by penalties, but I’m taking every throw I’ve mapped.
- Daniel Jones: 15 of 26
- Tyrod Taylor: 8 of 13
- Davis Webb: 7 of 15
Jones had an uneven first session, going 5 of 12 and throwing two balls that could have been intercepted. Adoree’ Jackson knocked a pass away from Kadarius Toney and Tae Crowder intercepted a pitch intended for Saquon Barkley.
Daboll said he generally felt the decision making by all three quarterbacks was “pretty good.”
In terms of Jones in particular, Daboll said, “I thought he functioned well.”
One notable aspect of the attack was that the Giants executed a fairly simple attack. Much of the movement we saw in the training camp was absent.
The Giants’ first teams took to the field for a pair of drive totaling 34 plays. Daboll said those long drives were deliberately orchestrated.
“Little hot. Little moist. What we needed,” Daboll said. “I thought it was competition training. I thought the boys were a little happier. It’s normal – fans here, music goes. I think there is certainly still a lot to improve on. We’re going in the right direction, but we’re still a long way off.
“We need to improve our fitness level. That’s why we did those two long rides – everyone could get an idea of where they are individually, but collectively that will be a focus this week.”
As previously mentioned, Jackson left before one of those rides ended with what Daboll said was a cramp.
The Giants did a period of live tackling with the offense and defense of the third team on the field. Daboll said this was to help those players prepare for Thursday’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots, as they will likely play most of the snaps.
“They will probably play a lot in the preseason,” Daboll said. “Didn’t want it to be their first live contact.”
Offensive Line Thoughts
Daboll said he thought the offensive line was “jelling…they come together.”
“You get the most truthful test of an offensive line evaluation in live replays where you can take down a quarterback, you can take a running back down,” Daboll said. “But I think the guys communicate well, they work together, they still have a long way to go, but I think they are on the right track.”
Kayvon Thibodeaux impresses
The number 5 overall pick hasn’t made many splashy moves in training camp so far, but it’s pretty easy to see that he’s tough to handle for attacking linemen. How is that? Thibodeaux has taken countless penalties in training camp so far. On Friday night, he pulled one from rookie right tackle Evan Neal.
“He’s hard to block,” Daboll said. “He had done a good job the last few training sessions. He has a variety of pass rush moves. Again, he’s a rookie…good young player, he’s got a lot to work on. I hope he signs more of it.”
The Giants added offensive tackle Will Holden on Friday and waived linebacker Niko Lalos. They also waived defending defender Jarren Williams from the injured reserve. Holden, with just hours to digest the playbook, took third-team reps on the right tackle Friday night.
- Placekicker Graham Gano scored a 30-yard field goal.
- Undrafted free agent safety Yusuf Corker intercepted a Davis Webb pass, grabbed a deflection by UDFA cornerback Darren Evans in the end zone and returned 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 center and turned it into a gain of about 32 yards.
- Undrafted free agent tight end Andre Miller, aligned at fullback, caught a touchdown pass from Jones on a fourth-and-1.
- Collin Johnson had a catch from about 45 yards on a deep ball from Tyrod Taylor that was overturned by a holding penalty.
- Leonard Williams was a force on the first team’s work, spending a lot of time in the backfield.
- The Giants’ frantic woes continued when Garrett McGhin fired a shot past Webb at one point. Backup Center remains a question mark.