Brian Daboll is taking his show on the road.
The head coach addressed the media before a shortened Monday practice as the bags were packed in the hallways at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The Giants will fly to Detroit later in the day for joint practices with the Lions ahead of their preseason opener on Friday night.
Here's what you need to know from Monday's presser:
🔹 Right tackle Evan Neal remains in the concussion protocol after the second-year pro after left Friday's practice.
🔹 All players will make the trip to Detroit, Daboll said.
🔹 Offense lineman Marcus McKethan, a fifth-round pick who last year suffered a torn ACL in training camp, and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, an offseason addition who won a Super Bowl with the Rams, passed their physicals and were taken off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
🔹 Defensive tackle Rakeem Nuñez-Roches is dealing with a groin issue.
🔹 Defensive lineman Ryder Anderson remains out with a triceps injury.
🔹 Daboll did "a lot of work" on Parris Campbell when the speedy wide receiver was coming out of Ohio State. The Colts ended up selecting Campbell in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, which was Daboll's second season as offensive coordinator in Buffalo. "Liked him in college, liked him at Indy, so good person, he's done a nice job for us."
🔹 Robinson, 6-3 and 320 pounds, brings a lot of "good experience" from exactly 100 games played in the NFL, including postseason. "He's a big man, he's got good length, does a nice job versus the running game, and again, another good guy that we thought would fit into our system well."
🔹 Wide receiver Jalin Hyatt has been generating buzz at training camp, but Daboll said the third-round draft choice and the rest of the rookies still have a lot to learn. "I think everybody's different. I don't really have expectations when rookies come in because I've been doing this for quite some time. I've seen a variety of things. Just keep your head down and keep grinding. There's a lot of things that's going to come up, whether it's a mistake, a mental error – you hear one thing and run a different thing and then when you have opportunities, make the plays, but I'd say there's a lot of room for growth."
🔹 The biggest thing for the staff is not to be "instant evaluators." Daboll said, "It's on such an individual basis. There's people that pick it up faster, people that it's a little bit slow for and then it hits and then they start going. I think everybody's different based on how they learn, where they come from. I think the biggest thing for us is to not be instant evaluators when – 'aw, this guy can't get it.' I mean, you put a lot of research and time into trying to bring people in that you think can learn the material and things like that. I think everybody's a little bit different so it's times that you've got to pull it back, there's time when you can add more. I've had young rookies pick it up like this (snaps his fingers), I've had ones that were struggling at the start and then started to pick it up. It's just case by case."
🔹 As of Monday morning, Daboll hadn't talked to his staff yet about how many reps starters will get in the joint practices.
How are joint practices beneficial? "You get to see different matchups. You get to see different schemes. You've been going against the same players for 10 days or 10 practices. So, if you do it the right way, I think it's a beneficial thing for you."
🔹 Rookie running back Eric Gray, who is also an option as a returner, has "good short space quickness, good balance, good vision. He's got some good moves in the open field, he's a one-cut guy. A young guy I think has some talent to work with and now we've got to try to develop it. We'll give him ample opportunity in the preseason to return these balls."
🔹 Preseason games are the best times to evaluate returners because they can get live reps. "You'd like it to be as windy as possible. Obviously, it won't be this week, but yeah, you try to put him in as many different situations as you can. That's a lonely spot back there."
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