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Daniel Jones off to hot start at training camp; Saquon Barkley scores


Within the final 24 hours leading up to training camp, running back Saquon Barkley signed his franchise tag and left tackle Andrew Thomas inked a contract extension. By 10 a.m. on Wednesday, though, it was time to play football again.

Here are the highlights from the day:

View photos from the first practice of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


🔹 Like they did in the spring, the Giants spent Day 1 exclusively in the red zone during 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills. That naturally led to a barrage of touchdowns, the first of which was a connection from Daniel Jones to Barkley on the sideline of the end zone.

"It was a great play he made there on the sideline," Jones said after practice. "He has the ability to do those things and make plays in the pass game – obviously, as a runner, but also in the pass game. He makes a difference when he's out there. He makes a difference with his play, and then how it feels and his leadership, his communication, and bringing guys along. Great to have him out there."

🔹 Jones also threw three touchdowns to tight end Darren Waller, picking up right where they left off in spring ball. No one knows match-up problems that tight ends can pose better than a safety, and the Giants' Xavier McKinney knows he will be in for a fight every day at practice. "[He's] 6-6, 4.4, great hands, can run routes like a regular wideout, can run all the routes, pretty much can do everything," McKinney said. "Being as big as he is, you don't see guys that big that can move like that. So, it makes him real special. It makes him a tough cover every time. When I am on him, it puts me on high alert. I have to be because I know that every play, he can get the ball. It just makes me compete and go a lot harder, it makes me a lot better. Definitely love having him on this team because I know how he's going to help us, and I know how he's going to help me improve as a player."

🔹 Speaking of newcomers, Parris Campbell caught two more touchdowns from Jones. Fellow wide receiver Cole Beasley, who signed with the Giants less than a week ago, also got on the board with a score from Jones.

🔹 Jones found wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins in the end zone, something they did five times in their past seven games together.

🔹 Second-year tight end Daniel Bellinger made a diving touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone, also from Jones.

🔹 Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw three touchdowns to David Sills V and one apiece to fellow wide receivers Kalil Pimpleton and Collin Johnson.

🔹 Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens caught two touchdowns from Tommy DeVito, who also threw another score to newly-signed running back James Robinson.


🔹 The offense was clean in the turnover department to start camp.


🔹 Inside linebacker Micah McFadden prevented a touchdown by breaking up a pass at the goal line. As a rookie in 2022, the fifth-round draft pick out of Indiana played in all 17 regular-season games with seven starts. "I'll tell you, Micah has really improved," defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said last month on the final day of minicamp.

🔹 Jones, the franchise leader in rushing yards by a quarterback, showed his ability to extend plays time after time on Wednesday. Of course, having Thomas helps.

"I'm extremely happy for him and happy for myself also," Jones said about having Thomas protect his blindside for the foreseeable future. "He's a tremendous player. He's a tremendous player. He goes about it the right way. He works his tail off. He's prepared, super smart, knows exactly what to do and then brings other guys along with him. So, he's a huge part of this offense, huge part of this team."



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