Giants OTA: Takeaways from Thursday’s practice

East Rutherford, NJ – Severe weather forces New York Giants Inside is OTA 3 on Thursday, the first to have the media in attendance. Here are some key points.

Caldarius Tony Update

After missing an early part of the voluntary offseason program, second-year wide receiver Kadarius Toney is clearly making a good impression on the Giants’ new coaching staff.

Below, we see Toney catch a pass from the JUGGS machine at the start of practice.

“He’s very attentive in meetings. He’s doing the right things on and off the court. I love his personality. He’s one of those guys who brings a smile to the room. Coordinator Mike Kafka said. “He’s a dynamic player. He’s playmaking on the perimeter, inside, up front and short. He’s one of those guys you want to play for us.”

Today’s Play

  • Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor got the shot of the day. He ran a deep ball over the left sideline for a touchdown for wide receiver Robert Foster. From my point of view, it’s not clear who is reporting, although it could be Aaron Robinson. What’s important to Robinson is that he’s aligned on the perimeter with Adoree’ Jackson on the other side and Darnay Holmes on the other side.
  • Julian Love intercepts a pass from Daniel Jones in the middle.It is unclear if there was a miscommunication or if this was an example Jones follows Dabor’s instructions Take some chances in practice and be willing to “relax” occasionally.
  • Placekicker Graham Gano went 8 for 10 from the field and missed two attempts for about 50 yards before his third.

Saquon receiver

Saquon Barkley didn’t have any noteworthy receptions on Thursday. It’s worth noting, however, how many times the Giants have lined up Barkley as a wide receiver, either on the perimeter or inside. There was one game where Barkley was lined up with running back Matt Breida in the backcourt.

Changing the defensive backfield

The Giants have added four players to their defensive backfield over the past two days. The added players are Michael Jacquet, Maurice Canady, Henry Black and Khalil Dorsey.

“I don’t want to give you too many ideas right now,” Dabor said. “We have to get them into our system, get them into our culture, get them to do things. Some of them are somewhat familiar with some of the coaches. We need some numbers in the corner relative to where we are, so I think we’ve added, three, four secondary players.”

Another development in the middle school is that in his third season, Jalen Williams appears to be moving to safety full-time. Williams played cornerback the first two seasons.

offensive lines

The first team offensive line at this point appears to be Andrew Thomas (T), Shane Lemieux (LG), Jon Feliciano (C), Mark Glowinski (RG), Evan Neal (RT).

An interesting name among them is Lemieux, the third-year guard recovering from a partial torn patellar tendon that kept him limited to one game last season.

We learned that new offensive line coach Bobby Johnson nicknamed Lemieux “The Frenchman.”

“Frenchie did a great job,” Johnson said. “His name is Lemieux and he has a tacky moustache, that’s what I call him. He probably wouldn’t like that.”

Johnson sounded like a coach high on the former fifth-round pick on Thursday.

“I liked Sean when he came out of Oregon,” Johnson said. “I think highly of him and I would really like to have the opportunity to coach him.

“He’s doing everything I’ve asked him to do now.”

Johnson said Lemieux “looks great” and “has no physical limitations that I know of.

Some other offensive line notes:

  • Andrew Thomas just had ankle surgery, wore a red jersey and didn’t appear to be playing with the team.
  • Ben Bredson [90-man roster profile] Works as a backup center.

Is bigger better?

After eight sacks in his rookie season, linebacker Azeez Ojulari is noticeably bigger and stronger than he was a year ago. O’Julari said he’ll hit 255 pounds after hitting 245 pounds in 2021.

“I just want to try to improve my game and keep my weight. I just feel good. Just want to get bigger,” he said.

staying power

Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey has worked for the Giants’ first three head coaches — Pat Shurmur, Joe Judge and now Daboll.

What’s the secret to his perseverance?

“You know, all I do is treat people right and do my job. For me, I think that’s the bottom line,” McGaughey said. “I think you take care of the people in the building, you handle yourself the right way, you’re as good a servant of the organization as you can, that’s my mindset, just trying to help people and give. What you give grows; you What you keep, you lose. So I try to give as much as possible to everyone around me.”


Rookie wide receiver Wandell Robinson missed Thursday’s practice. Dabore said he was attending a rookie workshop. Daboll added that tight end Ricky Seals-Jones and defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence were removed for personal reasons.

A dozen players, including wide receivers Sterling Shepard, Toney and Kenny Golladay, wore red “non-contact” jerseys.

Inside linebacker Blake Martinez, who tore his ACL last season, wore a non-contact jersey to team games. Martinez has no protection on his surgically repaired knee.

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