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Top Plays: Daniel Jones, Darren Waller connection lives up to hype


Brian Daboll admittedly ran the players "pretty good" on Monday at training camp.

The head coach set the tone for the week as NFL clubs must reduce their rosters from 90 to 53 players by Tuesday, Aug. 29. Simultaneously, there is less than three weeks until the Giants kick off against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

In other words, it's crunch time at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

"Look, they're human, so you know that as it gets closer to a cutdown date, I'm sure some players feel [stressed] that way," Daboll said. "Again, you just try to be open and honest with everybody. The team is not cut down yet. There's plenty of opportunities for people to show what they can do, particularly in this last game. Again, empathy goes a long way, I think."

Here are the highlights from Tuesday's practice:

Catch up on all the action from Tuesday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


Daniel Jones opened 1-on-1 drills with a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Darius Slayton, who has led the team in receiving yards in three of their four seasons together in the NFL. The two hooked up for another score near the goal line in team drills late in practice.

During the same 1-on-1 period, tight Darren Waller got a step on his defender and caught another touchdown from Jones.

Tyrod Taylor hit wide receiver Jalin Hyatt in stride for what would have been a deep touchdown in a team period. The veteran and rookie hit on a similar play in last week's preseason victory over the Panthers.


The offense was clean in the turnover department.


It wasn't a touchdown, but Waller had the play of the day. The dynamic tight end, who noticeably practices as hard as he plays, showed great concentration on corralling a pass that he tipped a few times to himself before he landed just inside the sideline. The Jones-Waller connection has lived up to the hype in the spring, summer, and now preseason. The next step is doing it when it counts starting Week 1.

"They work at it," Daboll said after Friday's preseason game, where Jones hit Waller three times for 30 yards on a near-perfect opening drive. "They work at it, they work hard at it, probably got a long way to go still with it, but the offseason stuff, OTAs, we give them a lot of reps together. In the passing game, that's really what it's about as much chemistry as you can get. Still a way to go with it."

Rookie cornerback Deonte Banks isn't afraid to make a tackle. The first-round selection wrapped up a ball carrier before he could get to the pylon on a goal-line play.

Rookie cornerback Tre Hawkins III had tight coverage to force an incompletion in 1-on-1 drills. Fellow cornerback Zyon Gilbert also broke up a pass.

In addition to his touchdown, Hyatt also flashed his route-running ability on a late-developing pass play.

"I think with Jalin, it's doing your due diligence," assistant general manager Brandon Brown said Monday about the scouting process. "It's knowing what he was asked to do at Tennessee. It's us having those extra conversations with his position coach at Tennessee, talking to the coaching staff at Tennessee, knowing what their system called for because what he's doing for us, he has more talent in his body than the role he was asked to play at Tennessee.

"So, you look at the skill set, did he have bend, balance and burst? Can he get out of breaks? Was he asked to run a limited route tree at Tennessee versus what he can do for us? I think us going that, call it, full circle of doing all our due diligence and finding the evidence, it was a great process."



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