The Giants just ended a stretch at training camp of nine practices in 10 days. Players get Sunday off, and then it’s time to turn to the preseason slate of games.
“Just hacking our way through training camp,” coach Pat Shurmur said before practice. “I think the guys are handling it pretty well.”
Here are the standouts from Saturday’s practice:
CB Corey Ballentine: It was Ballentine’s show today. The sixth-round pick spearheaded a big day for the rookie cornerbacks, breaking up two passes and intercepting another on a jump ball in the end zone. Ballentine capped a productive week with one of the most impressive practices of any player this spring or summer.
“I feel like I’m catching up because of the older guys in the room,” said Ballentine, who was the victim of a tragic shooting in which his best friend was killed and he was wounded hours after the draft. “A lot of them will help us and stay after meetings to help us learn run fits, learn plays, and they’ll help us once we get back to the hotel as well. So, with the help of them and my teammates, and just extra studying, I think I caught up pretty well.”
CB DeAndre Baker: Baker, whom the Giants traded up to draft near the end of the first round, made another good play on a ball today. While his coaches and teammates gave him a hard time for not holding onto it for the interception, they can’t knock him for the sticky coverage.
“He’s done well so far during camp, and hopefully he continues to improve,” defensive backs coach Everett Wither said. “As he improves, his confidence level will continue to get stronger. Hopefully by the time we get to preseason game one, he feels really comfortable in what he’s doing – and we will, too. We do now, because we’ve got him out there right now.
CB Julian Love: Notre Dame’s career leader in pass breakups made it a trifecta for the cornerback draft class. He interrupted a short pass over the middle on a bang-bang play. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is using Love everywhere – inside, outside and even at safety.
“He’s really eager,” Bettcher said. “He wants to learn. He wants to get better. He’s highly engaged, and he’s working on figuring out what his process is to be able to learn and be able to make himself a better player. As he continues to do that, like these other young guys, he’s going to keep getting better.”
Check out the best action shots from the Giants 9th practice of training camp.