The first padded practice of training camp is always eventful, but the Giants took it to another level on Tuesday.
Some extracurricular activity capped off what was a practice full of highlights as the Giants ramped up the intensity with 11 days to go until the preseason opener. Joe Judge's message was anything that occurs after the whistle can cost the team during games. Still, there was plenty of action that occurred between the whistles.
View the top photos from Tuesday's practice which featured pads for the first time at training camp.
Here are the standout players and plays from the practice:
QB Daniel Jones
Veteran defensive back Logan Ryan admitted the offense had its best day yet, a good sign for the unit on the first day with pads. Leading the way was Jones, who was on fire throughout the day and especially during 1-on-1 drills. He also racked up the completions during team periods near the goal line, including a touchdown pass to wide receiver David Sills (more on him later). Jones also used his legs for another score.
"The offense moved us up the ball a little bit," Ryan said. "They had, in my opinion, their best day today, so we get to get them back tomorrow. We're all Giants and whoever comes in here this year, hopefully, we have a homefield advantage with the fans and we're going to be a chippy, grimy group."
"I think for one, the energy and the excitement and willingness to compete and wanting to compete is all positive," Jones said. "I think regardless of who it is – people who are excited to be here, people who want to play football, who want to compete. Right now, the opponent's the defense. Their opponent's us, so we're competing against each other."
WR David Sills V
Sills picked up where he left off and put together another noteworthy practice. Wearing No. 84, Sills caught two touchdowns near the goal line, one from Jones and another from backup Mike Glennon. The 6-foot-3 receiver is looking for a spot in the rotation after he spent the entire 2020 season on injured reserve with a fractured foot he suffered in training camp.
WR Sterling Shepard
Shepard showcased his route-running on more than one occasion to beat his defender during 1-on-1 drills. The longest-tenured Giant looked as fresh as the last time he wore No. 3 – which was in college.
"I think I'll be bouncing around a lot of different positions, kind of like I did at the end of the season last year," Shepard said of his role in 2021. "I love the slot. It's where I'm super comfortable. I just like the space you have to be able to go all the way across the field, come back out, do the short intermediate routes to try and run in. But also, I can go outside as well. There's some things that I love to do outside, as well. I'm looking forward to just bouncing around and being wherever the coaches see me fitting best."
DB Quincy Wilson grabbed an interception during 1-on-1s…CB Adoree' Jackson came away from the pile with the football after a forced fumble on a run play. He also forced another fumble during 1-on-1 drills. The play likely would have gone to video replay to determine whether the receiver had possession before Jackson stripped the ball. Either way, it was a win for Jackson…WR Darius Slayton fought through traffic for a nice reception (one of many)…Glennon threw two touchdowns, one to the aforementioned Sills and another to WR C.J. Board.