Wednesday marked the Giants’ first joint practice with the Patriots. Here are a few remarks:
A ‘TON OF WORK
All the wide receivers unavailable for training – Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and John Ross – meant extra workload for Darius Slayton, who was easily Daniel Jones’ favorite target. Slayton battled the Heat and made more than his fair share of plays against the Patriots high school.
OUT OF RHYTHM
The starting offensive unit was lousy. There was little rhythm in the passing game. A two-minute drill was a mess – two passes dropped – and a supposedly less difficult 7v7 period resulted in no touchdowns. It wasn’t pretty at all.
CAUGHT MY ATTENTION
Blake Martinez is a wise guy. He waited and then made sure to run onto the field at the same time as Mac Jones, the Patriots rookie quarterback. Cheers from fans in the stands rang out for Jones, and Martinez playfully raised his arms to acknowledge the cheers, claiming they were for him. No wonder the Giants put him in charge of their defense.
CB Adoree ‘Jackson was knocked down on several occasions and eventually suffered an ankle injury. DB Madre Harper (groin) was able to work in practice. CB Josh Jackson (calf) did not participate. LB Tae Crowder was also selected, as was DT Danny Shelton, who did not make the preseason game with the Browns. TE Kyle Rudolph got off the PUP list and worked in individual exercises.