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5 things we learned from training camp (7/28)


The Giants were back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday for Day 2 of training camp.

Head Coach Brian Daboll met with the media before practice, and running back Saquon Barkley and defensive lineman Leonard Williams spoke to reporters following the conclusion of the training session.

Here are five things we learned on Thursday:

1. Kadarius Toney off to strong start

Kadarius Toney made the catch of the day on Wednesday, and on Day 2, he picked up right where he left off. Toney got practice started with an impressive, contested sideline catch for a touchdown during one-on-ones. This came after several strong catches during team drills yesterday. After not participating during spring workouts due to an injury, Toney has made a good impression on his new head coach at the start of training camp.

"Being around him, he's a smart football player. He picks up things well in the meeting room," Daboll said Thursday morning. "You can tell he has instincts even with him out on the field. The questions that he asks and the things that he sees. And we evaluated him when I was at Buffalo. Obviously, we thought he was a good player with quickness and speed and ability to do different things – run different routes. And it was good to see him out there with his teammates."

Perhaps more importantly, following his first full practice since last season, Toney emerged from Wednesday's session healthy and was back on the field in full on Day 2.

2. Wan'Dale Robinson continues impressive play from the Spring

Wan'Dale Robinson was one of the bright spots during spring workouts, emerging as one of Daniel Jones' favorite targets due to the absence of several of the team's top receivers. Two days into his first NFL training camp, the rookie wide receiver has continued his strong play. Robinson displayed great hands for the second straight day Thursday, coming down with two receptions on one series during 11-on-11 drills towards the end of practice. Daboll and GM Joe Schoen shared with the media that they had a vision in mind for Robinson when they drafted him, and so far, the head coach is pleased with how things have been unfolding with the rookie.

"Well, that goes back to the draft process of watching him and seeing what he's done and the vision we have for the kid – young man, I should say," said Daboll when asked what he has seen out of Robinson thus far. "Smart, he's another smart, instinctive player. We put him through a lot of tests and things like that in terms of before we drafted him – like we do with all our players to make sure they have the qualities that we look for. And we moved him around. We'll continue to move him around. Again, this is his first training camp practice. So, much to learn. Don't get too high; don't get too low. Let's just try to string them together. But good, young guy to work with. Just needs to keep putting one foot in front of the other."

3. Several young defensive backs step up

Following the departure of James Bradberry, it became clear that the Giants had a plan to lean on some of their younger defensive backs this upcoming season. A few of those players stepped up on Thursday, starting with Darnay Holmes. For the second straight day, Holmes made a great play for an interception, this time during one-on-one drills, before registering a diving pass breakup in team drills. Julian Love also made a nice play to knock the ball out during 11-on-11 drills, forcing an incompletion, as did Aaron Robinson.

Robinson, the second-year corner, is part of the competition to start outside opposite Adoree' Jackson, who now serves as the team's No. 1 CB.

"Yeah, he's done a good job of playing man to man coverage," the head coach said about Robinson. "Good job in the zone stuff when (Defensive Coordinator) Wink (Martindale) calls zone. He's a smart guy. He's got good movement skills. He's a good, young player to work with. It'll be a good camp for him to keep improving his skill set and compete with the other guys."

4. Leo happy with the defense's progress

One of the biggest additions the Giants made since the conclusion of last season was naming Wink Martindale the team's defensive coordinator. Martindale led the Ravens to a Top-5 defense in three of his four seasons as DC, and has now brought his blitz-heavy approach to Big Blue.

Despite the defense getting the playbook just a few months ago, Leonard Williams feels like the unit has already got a great feel for Martindale's system.

"We pretty much almost installed everything during OTAs," Williams said about the new defense. "We're still learning and we're still restarting obviously, and we didn't put everything in yet. I feel like near the end of OTAs, guys were picking it up pretty quickly. It feels like we got it down pretty good. The communication was good. Now we're starting from the beginning again, and it feels even easier learning it this time around."

5. Saquon ready to do whatever it takes to win

Saquon Barkley burst onto the scene as a rookie, tying the franchise rookie record with 91 receptions before catching 52 passes in 13 games in 2019. Injuries have derailed his last two seasons, but Barkley now enters training camp fully healthy and ready to do whatever is necessary to help the Giants succeed.

"I just want to be a versatile player and do whatever I can to help the team win," Barkley told the media Thursday. "Whatever coach asks me to do, I'm going to go out there and try my best at it. Whatever I need to work on, continue to work on, and just evolve my game. That's something I want to do, become an overall better player, and I think this offense is giving me the opportunity to do that, so, I'm thankful and blessed to have that. So, for me, I've just got to take advantage of it by getting in the facility taking extra meeting time and learning the playbook."

Since being hired, Daboll has repeatedly stated that he is going to create the offense around his players' skillsets. He reiterated that sentiment, telling the media that he wants to push his playmakers in order to find out the best approach to building a system catered to his players' strengths.

"You saw him coming out of Penn State. You see him running around here; he's a pretty skilled player," said Daboll. "So, our job is to figure out ways to use him, whether he did it last year or the year before, two years, in college. When you're developing in a system, you kind of figure out what these guys do best, and you challenge them to do more. And if it doesn't look great, then you see if you want to keep pursuing it. And if you want to keep pursuing it, then you've got to get them better. And if not, then you just throw it away and do something else."


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