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Top Plays: Daniel Jones goes deep to Darren Waller, Darius Slayton

It was a busy day in East Rutherford.

Before Taylor Swift descends upon MetLife Stadium for the holiday weekend, the Giants held their third of 10 OTA practices across the parking lot at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Coach Brian Daboll and players also met with the media.

Here are highlights from OTA No. 3:

View photos from OTA practice No. 3 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


🔹 Daniel Jones was a major reason why Darius Slayton re-signed with the Giants instead of going elsewhere this offseason. The 2019 draft classmates showed their chemistry again on Thursday and found the end zone once. They also connected on a few deep passes that could have gone the distance.

"Ultimately, I think the best football decision for me was being back here with Daniel and continuing to grow with him in [coordinator Mike] Kafka's offense," Slayton said in March.

Slayton added, "It would've been kind of crazy to leave after somewhat building all these bricks, and as soon as we get the thing build, just jump off the top. Would've been kind of crazy. But I definitely wanted to stick around and be at the top and take in the view myself. I think just some of the guys we've been able to sign and go get, it's a testament to what we've been able to build here and what Kaf and Dabs and those guys have been able to bring to us."


🔹 The offense was clean in the turnover department for the second consecutive practice. The lone takeaway so far was a tip drill in the end zone during OTA No. 1. Rookie safety Gervarrius Owens deflected a pass up in the air, and outside linebacker Tomon Fox caught it.


🔹 Before the Giants began 7-on-7 drills, coach Brian Daboll checked which way the wind was blowing … and it was blowing out there today. It didn't matter for Jones, who right off the bat threw a deep pass to tight end Darren Waller into the face of the wind. The franchise quarterback showed his arm strength more than once on a blustery day in East Rutherford, and Waller was frequently on the other end as they continue to establish a rapport on and off the field.

"I've been very impressed with Daniel," Waller said. "Arm talent, intelligence, funny guy. He's got a lot of personality that you really get to see once you get to know him some more. It's been fun, man. Getting extra throwing sessions in, workout in the weight room. A lot of jokes. Just having lunch together. You can tell guys are really close around here, and he kind of leads that energy."

"I think it feels like you hear about most guys or you see them in the program and they're listed at 6-6-, and they're really like 6-4" or 6-5. He's a true 6-6," Jones said of Waller. "He's a true 250, 260, and can fly, can run, can run all the routes. He's just an impressive athlete. He's just been locked in. You can tell it's important to him. He's put a lot of effort into learning the stuff and getting caught up. It's been fun working with him.

"He can do a lot. He's obviously a tough matchup for people, for defenses, with a guy who can run like that with that kind of size, and how you play him in man and how you account for him in zone coverages. He definitely gives something for a defense to worry about or to game plan for, and we can move him around and put him in different spots. Just a super versatile player."

🔹 Second-year cornerback Cor'Dale Flott and Owens, the seventh and final selection of the 2023 draft class, put the defense on the board with two pass deflections.

🔹 Wide receiver Parris Campbell racked up a handful of receptions as the former Colt continues to acclimate to the system.


🔹 May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9, June 13-15 (minicamp)

View photos of OTA practice No. 2 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.



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