Joe Judge wanted to see the Giants ramp up their intensity again on Monday.
Players had just enjoyed a day off on Saturday, and Sunday's practice was less than full speed. Well, Judge didn't exactly like what he saw today in the early going, but it's not about how you start. The head coach preferred the way the team refocused its energy down the stretch in a grueling practice to kick off the work week.
"The guys came out and they definitely ended with a good intensity at practice with competing at the end," he said. "We have to get it where we come off a day off and we start sharp. That's definitely something we have to work on as a team and improve there."
Here are the players who stood out:
TE Evan Engram
Contrary to what people might think, Judge is capable of gushing about a player. He did that Sunday in a 335-word response about Engram's potential in this offense.
"I'll tell you what, the way he works every day and the attention to detail he's shown with everything he gets coached on, to me, it's always a question of can this guy reach his potential based on the way he's working," Judge said, in part. "I think this guy can."
Judge has told Engram that he loves to watch him practice but, in typical coaching fashion, he adds the disclaimer of "let's not disappoint me out there today." Engram did no such thing Monday. He looked sharp and confident in the system, highlighted by a deep hookup with Daniel Jones during 7-on-7 seven drills.
CB Darnay Holmes
The rookie fourth-round pick has been one of the biggest standouts of the summer because of days like today. The UCLA product broke up a few passes late in practice during work in the red zone. Holmes spoke with the media Sunday and provided a glimpse into why the coaching staff is so high on him – on and off the field. "It's not a battle of flesh and blood," he said, "but it's really a battle between your ears, which is your mental state."
OT Cam Fleming
Catching passes (or defending them) can get you on the highlight reel, but it's time for some offensive line love again. Fleming, who joined the Giants as a free agent in March, has proved to be a viable candidate for a starting job. After a standout career at Stanford, where he majored in aeronautics and astronautics, Fleming was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Patriots, In his four years at New England, he played in three Super Bowls, winning two. Fleming played for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2018-19 seasons.
Judge was the Patriots' special teams assistant coach and then coordinator when Fleming was in New England. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was his head coach in Dallas and Marc Colombo was his position coach.
"Well I've played in a lot of big games with Cam Fleming starting at right tackle for us and we came out on the right end of that," Judge said today. "I have a lot of confidence in Cam. He comes to work every day and works hard. He's familiar with the system and he plays with the right demeanor. I have a lot of confidence in Cam. I don't care what his history has been because I have been there for part of his history and we won a lot of big games together."
RB Saquon Barkley
Madden ratings be damned, Barkley's burst is truly elite. It can be difficult to judge a good run when tackling isn't fully live in practice, but when you see Barkley reach the second and third levels of the defense when no one else does as regularly, that might be a good sign. His hands are also just as good catching the ball, which he showcased again today.
WR Corey Coleman
No one knows a player better than his position coach, and Tyke Tolbert said early in training camp that Coleman is "back to where he was before he got injured." Coleman tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the first full-squad training camp practice of 2019. He was placed on injured reserve two days later and missed the entire season after averaging 26.0 yards per kickoff return the previous year. Coleman also is bidding to be a factor in the receiving game and hauled in a long pass today. He also made a nice sliding grab on another pass from Jones.
WR Alex Bachman made the catch of the day, diving for a deep pass down the sideline from Jones. … S Jabrill Peppers broke up a pass on one of the first plays of practice. … RB Wayne Gallman made a nice move to get open for a pass for one of his handful of receptions on the day. … TE Rysen John funneled in a pass with one hand. … QB Colt McCoy hooked up with WR C.J. Board for a long completion. … LB Tae Crowder, S Xavier McKinney, and LB Josiah Tauaefa had pass breakups.
View photos from Monday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.