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5 things we learned from Giants position coaches

The Giants' assistant coaches met with reporters on Zoom Tuesday. Here are some takeaways from Tuesday's media session.

Quarterbacks Coach Jerry Schuplinski

* Daniel Jones deserves credit for making the right decisions regarding his internal clock and getting rid of the ball when he felt the pocket collapsing vs. Washington

* The offense will try to stay aggressive and take some shots down the field, but it's up to Jones to bail on the call, if necessary.

* Regardless of the outcome, Jones is the same person when he shows up to the facility the day after a game. He is his own biggest critic and is a team-first guy. He only cares about helping the team get the win.

Running Backs Coach Burton Burns

* Wayne Gallman has done a great job in recent weeks. He's getting a better feel for the offense's plays due to more reps, which has made him feel more comfortable.

* Alfred Morris is a real pro - always shows up well prepared, did a really good job working with the scout team, and has been very diligent about going about his work. Burns was pleased with Morris' performance against Washington.

Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert

* Austin Mack has been the same player since the day he arrived – a hard worker, smart, tough, and a force in the run game. He was a great route-runner at Ohio State, but didn't get a ton of chances due to all of the playmakers in that offense. The Giants were pleased to get him, and he is developing into a very good receiver with good ball skills.

* Golden Tate is expected to jump back into the same role he was in prior to Week 9. Tolbert is excited to have all of his weapons for this week's game vs. Philadelphia.

* Dante Pettis is a speed guy, versatile, smart, and a return man. Tolbert believes he "should fit in really well."

Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo

* The team has a plan before the game about how to divide the snaps among the offensive linemen in the rotation. The flow of the game plays a role, as well.

* Matt Peart rotates in at both left and right tackle during practice and gets almost half of the reps, preparing him for when he gets put into the game on either side. Colombo thinks Peart has done a really good job so far.

* Shane Lemieux brings energy and juice to the guard position. He is smart, nasty, and has good energy. His play has not been perfect and he does have some things he needs to clean up, including some things in pass protection. But Colombo believes the rookie has been blocking pretty well with good technique.

* Colombo has been working with Andrew Thomas on bringing techniques from practice to the games. In the past two outings, Thomas' timing, pass sets and run blocking have all improved. Colombo notices more confidence in the rookie tackle, saying he is carrying himself "with an air of confidence right now." Thomas has to keep pushing and study harder, and must be prepared for Philly's talented defensive front this week.

* Colombo believes Nick Gates is "just getting started" at the center position. Gates is an alpha type with a big personality. He is smart, tough, he's gotten much better with his technique and pad level and is making good decisions. Gates' communication has been really good recently and Colombo believes "he can be one of the better centers in the NFL."

Tight Ends Coach Freddie Kitchens

* Each of Evan Engram's drops this season have been a little different. Engram shows up every day and works hard to improve in that area, and he will continue to do so.

* Engram's abilities allows the coaching staff to put him on the field in different spots, including in 12 personnel.

* Kaden Smith enjoys playing the game with both physicality and emotion, and has been a pleasure to work with.

Defensive Line Coach Sean Spencer

* Leonard Williams is a tremendous talent, and this season has been focusing more on the process rather than the results.

* Everyone in the room has love for and roots for each other. They don't care which one of them makes the play. The group plays for each other.

Outside Linebackers Coach/Senior Assistant Bret Bielema

* Even while on Injured Reserve, Oshane Ximines has shown up to every meeting and walkthrough prepared. He has been an active participant in everything that he has been able to do so that he will be ready to go once he is medically cleared.

* It's exciting to get the chance to work with new players such as Jabaal Sheard and Trent Harris. Bielema worked previously with Harris in New England, while Sheard has been "awesome to work with."

Inside Linebackers Coach Kevin Sherrer

* Blake Martinez's performance this season has not come as a surprise. He is a true professional and takes his job seriously. Sherrer can tell Martinez is having fun on the field and told reporters "it's like having a coach on the field." Martinez's relationship with Graham, dating back a few years to their time together in Green Bay, has helped bring a level of comfort to the defense.

* Sherrer tries to use a rotation to fill the second inside linebacker position to keep everyone fresh. The rotation is also designed to try to throw the offense off so they can't attack specific guys in certain matchups.

Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson

* Nobody in the defensive backs room has an ego like "I'm the guy." They all have great attitudes and support each other, and are ready to go out there and give it their best whenever their number is called.


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