The New York Giants held their first practice of training camp on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The team is currently in a "ramp-up" period with the first day in pads set for Tuesday.
"Today is the first day of preparation for the season to get out here as a team and get going," coach Joe Judge said. "It's good to be on the grass, it's good to see you guys in person again, it's nice to have a sense of normalcy. Obviously, everything is not 100 percent normal, there's still a lot of things we have to do protocol-wise and handle a lot of situations off the field, but in terms of the football itself, we're looking forward to going full speed as much as we can today in helmets and t-shirts."
View photos from the first practice of Giants training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Here are the standout players from practice No. 1:
CB Adoree' Jackson
Jackson, a former first-round draft choice who played his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, joined an already deep secondary as a free agent this off-season. He made an impact right away by breaking up a handful of passes and forcing incompletions as the Giants worked heavily in the red zone.
WR Darius Slayton
Slayton caught a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Daniel Jones in the red zone, an area of focus for the offense after finishing 31st in touchdown efficiency from inside the 20 in 2020. The team added playmakers to the roster through the draft and free agency, which should open things up for returning receivers like Slayton and Sterling Shepard – and vice versa.
"The more guys that we have helping make plays and making big things happen, the defense is going to have to pay attention to them," Shepard, the longest-tenured Giant said Tuesday when players reported. "It frees guys up and hopefully we can do the same for them, draw some attention and free those guys up. Playmakers are what we need, and that's what I think we've addressed over the offseason."
DB Julian Love
The Giants' coaching staff puts a high value on versatility, which is exactly what Love brings to the secondary. He broke up a handful passes on a strong day for the group.
"You turn around and you take a look at what Julian Love has developed into, where he's a corner, he's a safety, he's here, he's there," general manager Dave Gettleman said this off-season. "What it does is it gives the coordinator a lot of flexibility, so that's where that's at."
DB Montre Hartage
Hartage wrapped up the first practice with an interception on the second-to-last play of the day. It was a promising start for the defensive back, who spent the 2019-20 seasons on and off practice squads for the Dolphins and Giants. Hartage has appeared in six NFL games, including two last year with Big Blue.
Immediately following Hartage's interception, LB Cale Garrett broke up a pass on the final play…Shepard and fellow wideout David Sills V caught TDs from Jones…DB Logan Ryan and CB James Bradberry had a few PDs…S Xavier McKinney made a great play on the ball in the end zone to prevent a TD…QB Mike Glennon hit WR C.J. Board for a TD.