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Giants writers give early takeaways from Training Camp

Posted Aug 1, 2016

Giants.com writers discuss their first impressions after three Training Camp practices: 

After reporting to training camp last Thursday, the players are enjoying their first day off before things ramp up tomorrow and they put on the pads.

“It’s gone, at least so far, according to plan,” coach Ben McAdoo said as the calendar turned to August. “Look forward to getting the pads back on when we get back on Tuesday and getting their feet underneath them.”

Now’s a good time for everyone to catch their breath and look back at the first week of action. We’ve asked our Giants.com staffers for their first impressions of the 2016 New York Giants:

DEFENSE STRIKES FIRST
By John Schmeelk

As it might be expected and has happened in the past, for most of the first three days of camp, the defense was ahead of the offense.

Usually the offense takes a few days to get into rhythm since there is more precise timing necessary to click on that side of the ball. Devon Kennard made a nice interception near the sideline, reminiscent of his pick against Buffalo last year. Leon McFadden grabbed an interception over the middle as well.

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But on Sunday, the offense started making some headway. Odell Beckham Jr. grabbed a couple of deep passes down the field between defenders. Myles White got open down the field and caught a deep pass for a touchdown as well. Geremy Davis has made some nice grabs away from his body, showing off his hands. I can't wait to get out there on Tuesday for practice with full pads and see the big men at the line of scrimmage start to duke it out.

This league is about winning the physical battle and you don’t know if you can do that until the pads come on in practice.
CHAMPIONSHIP GOALS ARE SET
By Dan Salomone

On the field, there haven’t been any huge surprises as training camp so far has been an extension of what we saw in the spring. But what struck me was how forthright McAdoo was with his goal “to put the fifth trophy in the case.”

He was, of course, referring to the Lombardi Trophy -- and said the same when he was hired in January -- but it’s another thing to say it again on the first day of camp. Some coaches might have taken the “one day at a time” route in that situation, but the Western Pennsylvania native ain’t shying away from it in his first year.

As we saw in our behind-the-scenes look on Giants.com, he has a framed photo of the trophy above his desk and led his first team meeting with that directive.

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It’s trickled down to what we’ve heard from the players, leading to a good atmosphere here around camp. But like McAdoo said immediately following that statement, “those are just words right now.”

RECEIVING CORPS STANDS OUT
By Lance Medow

After the first three days of camp, if there’s one position group that has stood out above the rest, it has to be the receiving corps.  Between Victor Cruz returning to the field, Odell Beckham challenging the secondary, and Myles White, Geremy Davis and Tavarres King looking to make names for themselves, that group is already in competition mode before the pads have been put on. 

One of the big themes this offseason has been bolstering the depth chart, and that’s already apparent at wide receiver.  Head coach Ben McAdoo has even taken notice, saying White is “poised to make a run” and King is “walking around like a guy who seems like he’s earned his stripes and is ready to take that next jump.”  Given those statements, it will be very interesting to see who else emerges during the duration of camp.