Training camp continues to roll on with the Giants halfway through their preseason schedule. After improving to 2-0 with a victory over the Bears on Friday night, the team returned to the field Sunday to kick off another week of work.
Here are the players who stood out:
TE Evan Engram: Coach Pat Shurmur elected to keep Engram off the field again vs. Chicago, instead choosing to take the dynamic tight end who dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the offseason out of harm’s way. He looked fresh on Sunday and even laid out for an intermediate pass from Eli Manning. The two connected a few other times throughout practice. Engram will be a major X-factor this season, especially while wide receiver Golden Tate serves his four-game suspension to start the year.
RB Saquon Barkley: Like Engram, the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the year has yet to touch the field this preseason. Also similar to Engram, he is making up for it in practice. Sunday was a physical practice that went heavy on the run, providing an opportunity for Barkley to get in the work while coaches also evaluate the depth chart behind him. One play in particular stood out when Barkley made a single cut and burst straight up the field through the heart of the defense. Shortly thereafter, the team leader in receptions (91) from a year ago showed his elevation and hands on a high pass.
QB Alex Tanney: Whether or not the Giants keep more than two quarterbacks on the active roster remains to be seen, but Tanney’s presence isn’t just felt in the film room while he helps starter Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones. He can also make things happen on the field. Today, he made some great throws to tight end C.J. Conrad and wide receiver Alex Wesley. Both were placed perfectly near the left sideline, and his targets helped him out with terrific catches.
WR Sterling Shepard: The fourth-year pro was standing out the last few weeks because of his yellow pinny, but not today. While still wearing a small brace on his injured left thumb, he practiced without the pinny that had signaled “don’t hit him.” The Giants were throwing to him all along as Shepard thought it important to do as much as he could on the practice field while rehabbing. So Sunday wasn’t a major deal, but it was still the next step in the process. After practice, Shepard said the thumb has healed pretty fast and that he feels good. The Giants open in Dallas three weeks from today.