BEREA, Ohio – Four players the Giants hope will be big offensive producers this season will not participate in the two joint practices with the Cleveland Browns: wide receivers Kenny Golladay and rookies Kadarius Toney, running back Saquon Barkley (who took part in individual drills) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (who has yet to practice after undergoing offseason foot surgery).
Coach Joe Judge was asked first about Golladay and Toney when he spoke to reporters prior to practice.
"Both those guys are going to focus more on the rehab with the trainers," Judge said. "We're going to keep ramping up those guys as the week goes. They're both on different levels in terms of their individual bodies, but while we're here we'll use the facilities that the Browns are allowing us to use. Our trainers will be here with them, Saquon as well will be in that boat. He won't do anything competitive against the Browns, so we're just going to focus on these guys getting in better shape, focus on getting healthy and getting back on the field and 100 percent."
The foursome will not play when the teams meet in a preseason game Sunday in FirstEnergy Stadium.
Judge disagreed with the phrasing when a reporter said he saw Barkley "sneak into" a seven-on-seven drill in practice earlier this week.
"He didn't sneak in," Judge said. "Everything we're doing for him is very scripted for him, so a few one-on-ones, a few seven-on-sevens for him. There's times where we put him in a red (non-contact) jersey. We're very specific about who he's working against on our team to make sure we're really controlling the reps. Our guys have a lot of respect for all of our teammates, especially guys in the position Saquon's in coming off injury, so we want to make sure there's no miscommunication or misinterpretation of what the drill is. We're going to limit the contact at this point.
"He's definitely advancing in his rehab. We're going to keep on pushing him as far as we can. Going against another team in competitive drills, we don't think that's the smartest avenue for any of our players coming off of injury right now, so we're going to be careful with Saquon, but he is progressing in his rehab."
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