Before his team took the field for OTA No. 3, coach Brian Daboll addressed the media at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here is everything you need to know:
🔹 On Thursday, the third of 10 OTAs, they worked on first and second down situations at practice. "We've had two good days," Daboll said before the open practice. "I'd say we've improved a little bit each day, worked on some different situations. Still a long way to go, but it's been a good start."
🔹 Daboll said they have had "exceptional attendance" at OTAs, which are voluntary. Wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson did not practice today because he had to attend a mandatory NFL rookie symposium event.
🔹 Daboll said there have been discussions about possibly holding a joint practice with another team this summer. The Giants play at New England and home against Cincinnati this preseason before ending against the Jets. "Talking about it right now," Daboll said. "I'd say that the training camp schedule, whether or not we practice with another team, we're still working through that. Probably have an answer for you by next week, but we're still going through that, myself, [director of coaching operations] Laura Young, the strength staff, sports science. Just need a little bit more time on that. But definitely talking about it."
🔹 The Giants had a number of players wearing red non-contact jerseys at practice as they rehab injuries. "Some can do a little bit more than others," Daboll said. "Some are rehabbing. There will be I'd say a number of guys right now in red jerseys. I'm not going to get into the specifics of it right now at this point in time, but you guys will end up seeing them."
🔹 Wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay were two of the players in red jerseys, but they've been in all the meetings, Daboll said. "They're doing a good job. It's just good to have all the guys here so we can implement our stuff."
🔹 Daboll said it's too early to tell about injured players' statuses for training camp. "I think everybody is moving in the right direction," he said.
🔹 On OL Nick Gates' progress, Daboll said, "He had a tough injury, but he's done a good job with his rehab. Probably still a little bit a ways away. I'd say him and Matt Peart, they're rehabbing every single day, getting better each day, so we'll see where they're at."
🔹 Daboll said he's a believer in putting as much pressure as possible on players now in terms of learning schemes. "Look, we've installed a lot of plays. I tell the players, the train is not slowing down, we're just speeding up. The more we can install and the more they can learn, the more we can figure out what they do better."
🔹 Daboll talked about building a relationship with Daniel Jones and getting feedback on the offense. "It takes a lot of trust to do that," Daboll said. "You're a player and you're trying to learn the system that the new coaching staff is bringing in, so usually everything, I can do that, I can do that, but as you build a relationship with the player, I think it's a lot easier for him to say, hey, give me that one again tomorrow or give me that next week, let me get another rep of that or I'm just not really feeling comfortable with this play, and then we just throw it out."
🔹 Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka also met with the media and said he is calling plays for the quarterbacks right now at practice. He said Daboll evaluates it day by day and will determine if that remains the case for the regular season.
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