The New York Giants were back at it on Monday for another training camp practice. They have two more this week before their second preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Friday night at MetLife Stadium.
Here are the players who stood out Monday:
CB Janoris Jenkins: While taking on a leadership role in the secondary, Jenkins has been relatively quiet on the field this summer. That’s a compliment for a cornerback. He was tested on Monday, though, during a goal line period. With the defense’s back against the wall, Jenkins prevented two touchdowns. First, he broke up a pass intended for tight end Evan Engram. On the second, he got in front of a ball headed for running back Rod Smith.
QB Daniel Jones: After Jenkins kept the first-team offense out of the end zone from close range, Jones hit paydirt three times with the second unit. He fired short touchdown passes to tight end Garrett Dickerson and wide receivers Russell Shepard and TJ Jones.
“There was one in there where he made an adjustment to the route,” coach Pat Shurmur said of the series. “I think that’s pretty standard. The way we function is the quarterback is given a base play, and then we give him a couple of the answers to go to. Then he can decide to do that, or he can just leave it the way it is and run with it.”
WR TJ Jones: The aforementioned Jones-to-Jones connection was the play of the day as the receiver twisted his body to make a spectacular catch near the left sideline in the end zone. Signed a few days into camp amid the wide receiver injuries, Jones had a game-high 72 receiving yards on six catches in the preseason opener, including a 31-yard touchdown from Kyle Lauletta midway through the fourth quarter.
“Ever since he has got to practice, we like to call him ‘fresh legs,’” safety Jabrill Peppers said yesterday. “He’s out there running past everybody. He catches the ball well, he’s a great route runner, fast, quick and he can help in the return game as well. He made a big-time play in the game, so you know he’s doing really well for himself.”
Originally a sixth-round draft choice in 2014, Jones played his first four NFL seasons in Detroit, where he caught 64 passes for 814 yards and four touchdowns. He is also an experienced returner, averaging 9.2 yards on punts and 20.9 yards on kickoffs.
Check out the top photos from Monday's practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.