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What We Heard: Brian Daboll, Mike Kafka are 'offensive gurus'


The Giants returned to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday for a short morning practice before departing for Detroit.

Coach Brian Daboll spoke to the media before practice, while wide receiver Parris Campbell, defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson and cornerback Darnay Holmes met with reporters after the session.

Here are the highlights from Monday's press conferences:

Campbell: Daboll, Kafka are gurus

One of the Giants' biggest moves of the offseason was keeping Mike Kafka after the offensive coordinator received some head coaching interest. Kafka and Brian Daboll are responsible for creating the offense, which found success in 2022. The two offensive minds have impressed wide receiver Parris Campbell, who signed with the team during free agency.

"Dabs and Kaf, man, they're offensive gurus," said the veteran receiver. "They really know what they're doing. Dabs has so much in his arsenal, he wants to always keep the defense guessing. So, we've got a lot of different plays, a lot of different things to learn.

Campbell had his first healthy season for the Colts last year as he played all 17 games and registered career-highs in every category. The 26-year-old is now catching passes from Daniel Jones, who entered the NFL the same year as the veteran receiver. Campbell told the media that being the same age has helped the two bond quickly.

"With Daniel, he's kind of the first quarterback I've had relatively close to my age," Campbell said. "We're basically the same age, got us in the same draft class. So, I feel like it's easier to relate to him in certain ways. Like I said, he's working all hours of the day, man. I'm not kidding you. Like, it's all hours of the day. So, it's just pretty cool to see and it's pretty cool to be able to kind of relate on a more personal level."

View photos from Monday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Robinson, McKethan activated off PUP; injury updates

Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson and offensive lineman Marcus McKethan both passed their physicals and returned to practice.

Robinson started 10 games for the Rams last season before a torn meniscus forced him to miss the remainder of the season. As for McKethan, the second-year lineman tore his ACL during training camp last year and missed his entire rookie campaign.

Offensive tackle Evan Neal is still in the concussion protocol. Defensive linemen Ryder Anderson and Rakeem Nunez-Roches were the other two players who sat out Monday's practice, which the head coach indicated would be a light training session.

Daboll also announced that all players on the roster will travel to Detroit.

Giants looking forward to facing new opponent

Following Monday's practice, the Giants will depart for Detroit for joint practices and the preseason opener against the Lions. Daboll highlighted some of the benefits of going up against a new opponent for the first time this summer.

"You get to see different matchups," Daboll said. "You get to see different schemes. You've been going against the same players for 10 days or 10 practices. So, if you do it the right way, I think it's a beneficial thing for you."

The Lions sport a talented roster, including an intriguing group of wide receivers. Cornerback Darnay Holmes is looking forward to competing against some new wide receivers, including Amon-Ra St. Brown, Marvin Jones and Jameson Williams.

"It's an exciting thing to do," said Holmes. "At the end of the day, like I said before, we're all competitive so going against a new face, a new team, it brings a different level of excitement. At the point we're at, we'll just see where we're at as a defense and as a team so we're ready to go up there and do a lot of team bonding and a lot of competing."

"I can't wait," Campbell added. "Just super excited to put what we've been working on in practice against another opponent. Our defense, they've kind of got an idea of what we're doing nine times out of 10. So, sometimes it can be frustrating in practice, but excited to put some film out there and compete with some other talent."

Robinson excited to play alongside Lawrence, Williams

A'Shawn Robinson stepped onto the practice field for the first time Monday morning. The veteran was signed in April to help boost the team's run defense, which struggled during the 2022 season. Daboll talked Monday about why the team decided to sign Robinson.

"I'd say he has good experience, he's a big man, he's got good length, does a nice job versus the running game and again, another good guy that we thought would fit into our system well," Daboll said.

Robinson, along with Rakeem Nunez-Roches, were signed to provide depth on the defensive line and boost the team's run defense. Robinson will play alongside Second-Team All-Pro Dexter Lawrence and former Pro Bowler Leonard Williams, something the veteran is very excited about.

"Leo, I've known Leo since high school when he was going to college, and I was going to go to USC before I went to Alabama, and I've met Dex at Alabama," said Robinson. "We all have met each other way before then and then to end up on the same team, it's kind of crazy with everyone's talent and abilities to be able to dominate and what not. It's kind of dope to be around those guys and to add a little bit more flavor with Nacho and the other guys. It's kind of dope."

Hyatt's personality starting to emerge

Rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt has made some big plays at practice, including numerous deep touchdown catches. As the 21-year-old has gotten more comfortable in his first NFL training camp, it's been easy to see his confidence growing.

"It's like every time he's out there, he's catching a deep pass and he's making a play," Campbell said about Hyatt. "I've seen him come in and kind of be shy, kind of timid, but then kind of just break out into who he is and show his personality and stuff like that. Everybody was once a rookie, so I know how it was. But you can also see just his confidence growing in each play that he makes. I think that's just going to continue to build.

"Obviously, important two days in Detroit. He's going to get some competition out there. Just continue to keep building and then once the preseason hits, continue to keep building. So, it's kind of cool to just kind of see him go through ropes."


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