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Top Plays: Jalin Hyatt shines in evening practice


The New York Giants got the weekend started with an evening practice on Friday in front of the fans at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It was the team's third practice of training camp, which will be followed by a day off for the players before they return to action on Sunday.

"We're going to do that a few times," coach Brian Daboll said of the 5 p.m. practice time. "Plus, it gives them a little bit more recovery time, kind of on the third day. And it's a different feel for the day. So, there will be times during the season we have different schedules. I thought that that was a good thing to do.

Here are the top plays from the day:

View photos from training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


🔹 Daboll moved the offense even farther back on Friday, starting drives in their own territory. Although they didn't rack up touchdowns, the move didn't come at the expense of some big plays (see below).


🔹 There were a few close calls, but the offense was clean for another day in the turnover department.


🔹 Saquon Barkley kicked off practice with a nice catch-and-run up the sideline nearest to the fans, who gave the star running back an ovation.

🔹 Daniel Jones kept up the energy with two deep completions to wide receiver Darius Slayton during the first 7-on-7 period. Explosive plays have been an emphasis – not the only one, though – this off-season.

"You do a lot of research in the off-season," Daboll said this week. "There are plays you call to be explosive that maybe don't turn out that way relative to how they are getting played. You can't just focus on one area. It is certainly an area we need to improve on, that we will try to improve on, but I never want Daniel to force any ball. Will there be times when I might go to him and say, let this thing rip. If it gets picked, I don't really care. It gets intercepted in practice, let's take a look at how it looks. It's not just that. There's a lot of areas in all three phases we have done a lot of research in the off-season and areas we have to improve on."

🔹 It seems as if 300 words are far too many before the first mention of Darren Waller, who looked dominant yet again. The connection between the dynamic tight end and Jones was on full display, particularly on plays to the sideline.

"We've got a few months under our belt of staying in touch and just open dialogue, ego removed," Waller said before practice. "We can tell each other what we're thinking, what he may want, things I've been comfortable doing and things I like doing and find a midpoint or be able to just learn about each other. I feel like it's paying off and just trying to keep going day by day and let the results take care of themselves.

"I just like his even-keeled nature. First and foremost, he just has a calm spirit about him. It's not too high or too low, it's staying in the middle. You can tell by the way that he's navigated so many adversities in the noise of his career, that that's something he's focused on, and it's paying dividends for him now."

🔹 Speaking of dynamic duos, Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams were a handful on the defensive line. The former can get pressure up the middle, leading the latter to close the deal (well, as close as you can get in practice against quarterbacks wearing red jerseys).

🔹 Rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, the defending Biletnikoff Award winner, had his most productive day yet with Jones. The third-round pick showed his hands with some tough catches in traffic.

"It's going to be up to him to go out there and show what he can do," Daboll said today about the Tennessee product. "We have had two days. We had [OTAs], but we've had two days. He has a lot of work ahead of him, just like everybody on the team does. Everybody will earn their role, whatever that may be. … Regardless of the position, when you're a rookie, there's always an adjustment period. I coached receivers early in my career for six years or somewhat. Drafted quite a bit of receivers. They're all different, just like every player. Every position is different. So, the job of the coaching staff is, again, to get these guys as prepared as we can. To get them to buy into the program and do the right thing. Certainly, a lot of stuff to learn. That's why we are here to try and help them the best we can. He's got to put the work in, to"

🔹 Kicker Graham Gano has made a franchise-record 20 50-yard field goals in just three seasons with the Giants.. Next on the list is Joe Danelo with nine. Today – and every day – Gano looked like he is only getting better as he enters his 15th NFL season.

🔹 Second-year inside linebacker Micah McFadden broke up a pass.

🔹 Wide receiver Parris Campbell racked up a few more catches to end the week.



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