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Daniel Jones progressing in 'versatile' system

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' offseason will conclude Thursday with the final day of their minicamp, but Daniel Jones will not separate from his work in the six weeks before training camp begins.

The team's quarterback wants to improve his knowledge of Brian Daboll's offense and will keep studying during what is traditionally idle time in the NFL.

"I think the learning continues, and I'll continue to study and continue to work on what we've started here," Jones said after the first camp practice. "I don't think you can afford to put it down and just come back during camp. I think everyone will be working to make sure we're in a good spot and coming back to camp ready to go."

Jones, who is learning his third offense in four years, was asked if he needs to do more because the offense is new to him.

"Yeah, I think probably so," Jones said. "There is certainly more studying and there is more kind of playbook-specific work rather than just fundamental throwing and stuff like that. So, yeah, I think there is more of that."

Daboll spent the last four years as the offensive coordinator in Buffalo, where Josh Allen developed into one of the league's most productive quarterbacks and the Bills fielded one of the NFL's highest-scoring attacks. Now Jones has an opportunity to play in a similar scheme.

"I like it," Jones said. "I think it gives us the ability to put a lot of different guys in different spots that kind of cater to their skillsets and allow them to do what they're best at.

"So, I think it's pretty versatile that way, and there's tons of different concepts, there are a lot of moving parts trying to keep the defense on their heels, so, yeah, I think all that stuff is great."

As he has done consistently when speaking to reporters, Daboll today praised Jones.

"(He's) made progress," Daboll said. "That's what we've asked him to do, along with all the players, but he's done a good job. He's really studied. You know, it's different. He's opened up I would say a good amount here. When you're installing a new system, usually players, particularly quarterbacks, they're going to do whatever you ask them to do.

"It's really important for our coaches on the offensive side and the defensive side, but with the quarterback to get input and to figure out some of the stuff they like. Some of it is a day of, too, let's do stuff you don't feel comfortable with and see if we can improve on those type of things, those type of throws, those type of concepts. He's been really good, and so has (backups) Ty (Taylor) and Davis (Webb). They've been good to work with."

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One shortcoming is that Jones has not had the opportunity to throw to three of the team's leading wide receivers. Sterling Shepard continues to rehab after tearing his Achilles tendon against Dallas last Dec. 19. Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney have been sidelined with injuries.

Since the Giants don't open their season for three months, they have plenty of time to re-establish a connection.

"They've thrown with Daniel before," Daboll said. "They've done a good job. Again, you can learn different ways, and we're just teaching them how we got to teach them right now.

"You would love for everybody to be out here, particularly the skill guys to get reps with the quarterback, but that doesn't happen usually in most places. There is always some guy dinged up or you're giving them an off day. We'll get plenty in the summer here."

The three receivers and other players wearing non-participatory red jerseys have participated in walk-throughs and observed practice from the sideline and have taken all the mental reps. That should accelerate their advancement when they return to the field.

"I think those guys have done a great job working in meetings," Jones said. "I think they built a good foundation of understanding this offense, and obviously the reps are extremely valuable, and we'll need those, need to get those.

"But I think all those guys have done a great job locking in, learning the offense, and building a foundation so when they can get out there and run the reps, they're able to go full speed and we'll be able to get what we need to get done done."

Toney was the Giants' first-round draft choice in 2021, but injuries limited him to 10 games and 39 catches as a rookie. He demonstrated his potential with a 10-reception, Giants rookie-record 189-yard game in Dallas on Oct. 10.

"I think it's huge to have him," Jones said. "I think in the times he was out there last year you saw what he can do, how special he can be with the ball in his hands.

"I think that adds a lot to our offense to have him out there. We need him. I think he's done a great job in meetings, done a great job picking it up and learning this system. But, yeah, he can be a special player and we'll certainly need him."

Asked how the three receivers are progressing, Daboll said, "Coming along."

He would not speculate when they might be ready to run routes and catch passes from Jones.

"I'm just focused on today," Daboll said. "They've all been in the walk-throughs and been getting their reps, they're working, and they will be ready as soon as they're ready. And when they are, we'll get as many reps as we can."

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