After an off day, the Giants returned to the practice fields on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. They were in shells but will be back in full pads Friday and Saturday.
Here are today's highlights from camp:
View photos from Thursday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
🔹 The only thing missing was an orange-and-white checkered end zone. Rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt conjured his legendary game against Alabama on Thursday, with the Tennessee product hauling in two nearly identical deep touchdown passes from Daniel Jones. Both times, the third-round pick and defending Biletnikoff Award winner took the top of the defense and stretched out through double coverage.
"He's doing a nice job," offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said before practice. "He's doing a nice job in the in the classroom, studying, prepping, making sure he's prepared for practice. On the field, he's working, and working through all the fundamentals and techniques that we want him to work through. Obviously, he's made a couple plays, and he's got to just take it day by day. I think that's where, not only just him, but the entire offense can take that approach."
🔹 Backup Tyrod Taylor dropped in a perfect pass in the end zone for a long score.
🔹 There were some close calls, but the offense was clean in the turnover department throughout 1-on-1, 7-on-7, and 11-on-11 periods.
🔹 Jones and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins found success with back-shoulder passes today.
🔹 Wide receiver Cole Beasley is entering his 13th NFL season and showing he still has gas in the tank. The veteran made a nice double move to get open at the start of 1-on-1 drills.
"I think he definitely brings that veteran experience of just route running from the slot and really on the outside," Hodgins said of Beasley, who also played for Brian Daboll in Buffalo. "I used to always tell the guys about [Beasley] and how much he helped me, he's been back for a week or two and he's already back to critiquing me and helping me with my routes and different details. He knows the offense really well. He came up with half the concepts. He's just mentally on a different level than a lot of people, so he's a huge help.
🔹 Rookie Deonte Banks, the Giants' first-round pick, broke up a pass during 1-on-1 work, as did fellow cornerbacks Zyon Gilbert.
"I think he's been great," defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said before practice. "It's one of those things – corners are on the island. You know what I mean? When you see he's on the island and this is the NFL, it's 50/50 on the edge. He still has that mentality that if he gets knocked down nine times, he gets up 10 and doesn't flinch. He listens, learns and [defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson] is doing a great job with him."
🔹 Second-year outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux, last year's fifth overall pick, created some havoc in the backfield, including a batted pass at the line of scrimmage.
🔹 Tight end Darren Waller racked up the catches once again as he continues to build a rapport with Jones.
🔹 Second-year inside linebacker Micah McFadden tracked a deep ball from 40+ yards out to force an incompletion at the goal line.