With the preseason opener on the horizon, the New York Giants have started to shift gears from installations to roster decisions.
They have until 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday to release five players to reach the 85-man limit. A week after that, clubs must reduce rosters to 80 players. The following week, they will reach the in-season limit of 53 players on the active roster.
"I tell our guys all the time, when they come in, the depth chart is really blank," coach Joe Judge said before Tuesday's practice. "As we start practicing and they start putting together things on tape, you start filling in names based off of what they're doing. That can change every day. It's really just cumulative. It's what you do consistently day in and day out. Some guys may flash one day, some guys may flash another day, but ultimately you want to go ahead and measure who's consistently dependable, who's productive for you on the field. But in terms of filling those names in, yeah, the answer is as we start practicing, the names start getting filled in. Now, they're not written in permanent marker, so at any point, based on who is playing, the best get in that spot."
Check out the top photos from Tuesday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center
With that in mind, here are standout players from Tuesday's practice:
CB Darnay Holmes
After making the play of training camp (so far) on a diving interception during Saturday's practice, the second-year pro got his hands on a few more passes. Holmes grabbed an interception during 7-on-7 drills and later broke up another pass during 1-on-1 work.
"Camp has been an ongoing process for me," the former fourth-round pick said. "I've been in the slot more, and they're throwing new things at me, so I've got to be able to respond to different things. But knowing where I'm supposed to be going, I'm just taking it day by day."
S Xavier McKinney
The highlight of the day was a competitive 1-on-1 period between defensive backs and receivers, and McKinney topped it all with a one-handed interception. Last year's second-round pick is looking to pick up from a strong 2020 finish after a foot injury hampered him at the start of his debut season. McKinney said the defensive backs have an internal competition to see who can make the most plays. He can chalk one up for himself today.
"We keep tally of it," McKinney said. "We try to keep that within the DB room, but we definitely keep tally of just who's out there making the most plays, and we make sure to just keep it going because the more plays we make, the better it is for our team as a whole. That's just what we do."
DB Julian Love
Cornerback? Safety? Love says to just call him a DB. "I'm ready for it all," he said. The versatile third-year pro was all over the field on Tuesday, breaking up passes in 1-on-1 drills and forcing another incompletion during a team period.
"From Day 1, Coach Judge told us that he rewards versatility, and he's a man of his word in everything he does," Love said. "As you can see, a lot of us played multiple spots last year. That was no joke. That was not just word play. That's truly what he believes in, so now this year obviously we have a lot on the back end especially with the secondary, so we're going to be versatile. Joe Judge, he loves that, and Pat Graham really appreciates that. We're going to really attack it and be multiple in every way they see."
CB Adoree' Jackson took advantage of a stumble and intercepted a pass early in practice…TE Cole Hikutini caught a few passes, including a touchdown from backup QB Mike Glennon…WR Dante Pettis racked up a handful of receptions…DB Isaac Yiadom broke up a pass…WR Davis Sills V made a nice sliding catch.