Standout players from Training Camp practice (8/3)

Posted Aug 3, 2016

These three players made a key impact at Giants Training Camp Practice: 

First-year head coach Ben McAdoo has a vision for his team: sound, smart, tough, committed to discipline and poise.

Training camp is the time for players to compete and show they can be all those things. Over the next six weeks, the Giants will find 53 of them before kicking off Week 1 at Dallas on Sept. 11.


“You can’t get there in one day,” McAdoo said. “It’s a process and a development and it takes time to get it done.”

Here are three players who stood out today at camp:


Tight end Larry Donnell continues to put together an impressive camp as he looks to get back to his 2014 numbers. Donnell, who re-signed this offseason after missing the second half of last year with a neck injury, showed his receiving skills on a deep pass by Eli Manning down the right sideline. However, he’s also catching the coach’s eye in other areas.

“Larry's had a very good camp so far,” McAdoo said. “He's made some nice catches. He's improving as a blocker. He had a good day on special teams, too, which is huge for us.”


We saw it in the spring and we’re seeing it this summer: Janoris Jenkins is as good as advertised. A headliner in the Giants’ notable 2016 class of free agents, Jenkins brought the competition in the Giants’ first day with full pads and made some big plays, including breaking up a possible touchdown from Manning to wide receiver Roger Lewis in the back corner of the end zone.

“I think he's playing fast and competitive and physical,” McAdoo said. “He's everything we thought and more. I think he has some leadership potential. Does a nice job of taking the young guys under his wing.”


Whenever the head coach brings up a name unsolicited, the player did something either very good or very bad. In Paul Perkins’ case today, it was the former. Asked a general question about special teams, McAdoo pointed out the rookie fifth-round draft pick who missed most of spring football while fulfilling academic obligations at UCLA. He must be catching up.


“Paul Perkins is a guy that jumped out to me on special teams today,” McAdoo said. “Did some things well, as far as his effort goes. If you throw effort at it, you can get better in a hurry in this league, and he is someone who recognizes the importance of special teams. That was evident today.”