After a day off on Wednesday, the New York Giants returned to East Rutherford, New Jersey on Thursday for their third practice of 10 at organized team activities (OTAs).
Once again, as per NFL rules, the players were not wearing pads and no contact was permitted.
Prior to practice, head coach Brian Daboll held a press conference and fielded questions from reporters, who were attending for the first time this week.
Below is a recap of Daboll’s presser and the subsequent practice, complete with videos and highlights.
- Daboll says they are treating OTAs like a “teaching camp” and that no one will make the 53-man roster (or miss the cut) based on how they perform.
- Any and all conversations between the Giants and running back Saquon Barkley will remain private.
- Daboll says attendance has been good thus far but there are some absences. They include Barkley (who can’t participate until a contract or tender is signed), as well as Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams, who are training in Florida (reports ESPN’s Jordan Raanan).
- Linebacker Darrian Beavers remains in rehab.
- Daboll assured that Taylor Swift, who is performing at MetLife Stadium this weekend, would be played during practice. And he stayed true to his word.
- Adoree’ Jackson was once again among the group fielding punts.
- Ben Bredeson took first-team reps at left guard. John Michael Schmitz also took first-team reps at center.
- Daniel Jones opened 7 on 7 drills with a long pass down the sideline to Darren Waller (over Darnay Holmes). He later connected on a touchdown with Darius Slayton (over Amani Oruwariye).
- Gervarrius Owens had a nice pass break up.
Daniel Jones has thrown more deep passes today than I think I saw him throw all last offseason and preseason. Two of them have been to Waller.
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) May 25, 2023
Giants 1st open OTA practice just wrapped. Wide receiver David Sills got hurt at the end due to a hard landing after making a great leaping catch just outside the right sideline. Looked like his left side/rib area. He did limp off under his own power. More to come @NYDNSports
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) May 25, 2023