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Standouts: Daniel Jones on fire in 1-on-1 drills


Before they head to Cleveland for two joint practices and a preseason game against the Browns, the Giants returned to the practice fields on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

It was a busy day as, in addition to practice, team president John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman, coach Joe Judge, coordinators, coaches, and selected players met with the media to talk about the state of the Giants.

"I certainly think we're a lot better on paper," Mara said. "I'd like to see us show that on the field now and win more games and make the playoffs. I mean, that's my expectation every year coming into the season. Obviously, we've fallen far short of that the last four years, but I think on paper, I'm pleased with where we are, but I want to see us win some games."

For now, all they can do is improve on a daily basis at practice.

View the best photos from Tuesday's training camp practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Here are the standout players who did that on Tuesday:

QB Daniel Jones

Much of Tuesday's action was condensed into a competitive period of 1-on-1 drills between receivers and defensive backs in the red zone. Jones was on point, throwing touchdowns to Sterling Shepard, David Sills, Darius Slayton, and others. More importantly, he was throwing it to where only the receiver could catch it. Red zone was a focus for the offense this year, and this was a step in the right direction. It also showed why the building has faith in No. 8.

"One of the things that gives me that confidence is the way that the coaches in this building feel about him." Mara said about Jones. "They love him. They love everything about him; we just have to win some games now. I like everything that I see on the field with him. I like his leadership. I like his work ethic. I like the way the players respond to him. We just have to win some games now."

WR Sterling Shepard

After catching a few touchdowns in 1-on-1 drills, Shepard made the play of the day during the team periods. The longest-tenured active Giants player made a sensational grab while leaping and twisting through the air. Now, he is eager to test those skills against another opponent during joint practices in Cleveland.

"It just gives you different looks," Shepard said. "You get tired of seeing the same guys every day, and it helps you with having to mix things up. But just to get a different look and different guys skillsets around the league is going to help you get better ultimately, too."

WR David Sills V

Sills continued his impressive camp with a few 1-on-1 touchdowns that showcased his route-running ability. Sills, who hadn't played in a game since the 2019 preseason due to injury, led the team with 49 yards on three catches in Saturday's preseason opener against the Jets, including a long of 37 yards. He also drew a pass interference penalty deep in Jets territory. Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry, who was recently voted No. 74 by his NFL peers on the Top 100 Players of 2021, has taken notice.

"I see a crafty receiver," Bradberry said. "He's been around the league for a minute now, so he knows some crafty moves that most receivers don't know. So, I see a crafty guy. He's a good guy to go against for me."

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