None of Daniel Jones’ top receivers were on the field to catch his pass in Thursday’s third OTA practice.
Rookie Kadarius Toni and veteran Kenny Golladay, two players with a history of extensive injury, wore red jerseys and did not practice for unknown reasons. Sterling Shepard (torn Achilles) was also in a red jersey as he continued to rehab.
Head coach Brian Dabol said that “some” players in the red jersey were doing “rehab”, but he was not going to “go into details” about Tony and Goladay.
Tony did not report to the Giants’ facility this off-season until the end of April, after the Daily News reported that the team was exploring his trade. If he is injured, the team has not disclosed it.
He caught the JUGS machine passing off minutes before practice, and that was about it.
“I think that [Toney] was in good shape [when he first reported]But obviously he’s not going at full speed right now, so it’s going to be difficult to pinpoint where he is now,” said wide receivers coach Mike Groh. “But he’ll be ready to go … Mentally I don’t care where he is.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said Tony has been “really attentive in meetings” and is a “dynamic player”.
“He’s one of those people you look up to to create drama for us,” Kafka said.
Jones, speaking for himself as the Giants quarterback, called the month of May “an important part of the office, an important part of starting our OTA practices.
“Those are valuable opportunities you can’t miss,” he said.
“You’d like they’d be out there,” Groh said of Golladay and Tony, “but we’re dealing with them without getting full speed reps.” Feel really good about the progress they’ve made.”
Dabol said that rookie wideout VanDell Robinson was also absent because he was attending “a mandatory NFL rookie seminar”. Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones were exempt from practice for personal reasons.
Beginning the left tackle, Andrew Thomas (surgery on his left ankle) also wore a red jersey and did not practice until the end of the special teams period. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is picked up the captaincy… Tyrod Taylor made a beautiful throw to the left bank to wideout Robert Foster. The CJ board also had several catches… No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux was checked by a trainer in the quad/groin/hip area late in practice, The Athletic observed. He stayed on the edge. Earlier, Thibodaux had recorded what would have been a sack on Jones, bursting into the backfield unblocked by the right edge of the defence… Blake Martinez (torn ACL) in the middle of a jog-through portion of practice on the field. was a partner. Defense wearing red jersey. He didn’t participate in the live part of 11-on-11, but he was progressing well, which is an encouraging sign for a fall… Corner Jaren Williams is ready on defense as a reserve free safety. .
Some players wearing the red jersey still practice, such as Martinez, LB Cam Brown, WR Richie James, WR Austin Prohl. Others did not, or did very little: Tony, Golladay, Shepard, Thomas, c Nick Gates (leg fracture), ot Matt Peart (ACL), WR Colin Johnson, CB Roderius Williams, LB TJ Brunson, LB Quincy Roche and OL Jamil Douglas.
Leonard Williams said Wednesday’s four-player cut, to make room for four new players, “was certainly eye-opening to a lot of people in the locker room.”
“Yesterday, we had a bunch of new people come in and people leave and people are like, wow, week one” [of the offseason] This is already happening,” he said.
Williams said he’s probably “getting numb” for it because he knows it’s business. Still, it’s a good glimpse into some of the player perspective on continued roster turnover.
Aziz Tips The Scale
Second-year edge rusher Aziz Ozulari was carefully observed and revealed that he has gained from about 10 pounds to 255 through his off-season training.
“I thought I was trying to improve my game, my weight was just to hold on. I just feel good. Just wanted to grow up,” he said.
a ‘dirtbag’ in the center
The nickname for Bobby Johnson, the offensive line coach for the John Feliciano Center, is “Dirtbag”. And this is the period of love:
“He plays with an edge that you want everyone to have,” Johnson said of Feliciano. “I jokingly, when I write the depth chart on the board every day, I write the nickname and his name is “Dirtbag.” This is how he plays. Not illegally, but he plays the game on the edge.
“And you must have that,” said Johnson. “And sometimes if you don’t have that in every guy, you have to develop that kind of attitude in the room. And John plays that way. Mark Glowinsky plays like that. I think we have There are other players who will play like this. And they will have me as their coach, if they don’t play like that, they won’t play.
Schoen Adds Another CB
The Giants signed former Eagles and Jaguars corner Michael Jacquet III on Thursday, continuing to throw bodies into his thin secondary. Jacquet, 25, played 142 snaps on the outside corner for Philly as a rookie in 2020. The team also signed the seventh of 11 draft picks: the third-round LSU corner Cor’del Float. The Giants also forgave DT Antonio Valentino, a rookie without a draft.