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Joe Judge sends message after competitive practice


Logan Ryan was asked after practice if he had ever seen Joe Judge as mad as he was on Tuesday. His response: "Yeah."

This is the veteran defensive back's sixth season around the head coach, four of which came during their time together in New England when Judge coached the Patriots' special teams. The question today was raised after Judge ordered the Giants to the goal line late in practice – the first one in full pads – following some extracurricular activity that carried past the whistle. He made them run 200-yard sprints, down and back, in addition to pushups. Then he did it again.

"We had a competitive practice," Ryan said. "Guys getting after it. First day of pads, it gets physical, it gets chippy. Obviously, can't have penalties. It's unfortunate, but I think everybody's protecting their sides and just trying to establish physicality the first day, but we've got to keep it within the rules."

Ryan added, "I regret any penalty. If I would've cost my team any yards, I would regret it."

Therein lied Judge's problem.

"There's consequences for that kind of stuff, and that's the way it is in the game," quarterback Daniel Jones said. "If you lose your cool, there's consequences, and that hurts the team. So that was the message, and everyone understands that."

"It's part of football, things happen," said linebacker Blake Martinez, who was activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the morning. "We're all brothers out there. You have little fights here and there, but you always come back as a team and finish strong."

Jones, Ryan, and Martinez were already scheduled to speak to the media after practice, but as three of the team's most respected leaders, it was an opportune time to convey Judge's message and put things in perspective. They all agreed they had seen their head coach that angry.

"Yeah, he can get excited," Jones said. "And I think the guys respond to it and I think we certainly got the message today."

"I've seen different moments here and there," Martinez said, "but it's all being the head guy and making sure we're on the right page and doing the things the right way."

"Six years with Joe Judge in my career, I've seen him mad a couple of times," Ryan said.

After all, what would training camp be without tempers flaring from time to time? Just ask two-time Super Bowl champions Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka, who were in the building on Monday and spoke extensively to the team.

"They talked about how great teams, they respect and they take the identity of their head coach, which is Joe Judge, which was Tom Coughlin, but the players run the locker room," Ryan said. "So, if me, Evan Engram, Saquon [Barkley], Jabrill Peppers, Daniel Jones, if we want to stay together, the team will stay together. I'm standing here right now as a leader on the team, Blake Martinez as well, James Bradberry, we're fine. We're together. Players got to take ownership. Players are tired of losing games around here. The fan base is tired. Us players are tired. Management gave us an opportunity. They gave us a better roster this year. They allocated the funds to it and we're coming out competing, but we've got respect for each other 100 percent. But we're going to protect our sides and we're going to compete.

"If our nucleus, our key veterans, are together, the locker room will follow. Just like the great defensive linemen and the great linebackers and the great leaders of this team in the past – you don't think they had chippiness about them? You don't think they had griminess about them? We play in New Jersey, man. There's going to be some chippiness. There's going to be some griminess, but we're leaving it within the lines, and I'll take a team like that. I'll take a team like that every single day and I told the secondary, I'm their leader and I'm going to protect them. If I feel like something's wrong, then I'll take my punishment like a man, but there's no bad blood. Me and Evan, we're close and we're going to push each other to both be great players. He's a tough tight end to cover and I'm trying to make him concentrate each and every play, and I'm going to try to make it the hardest day of his life every single day out here, and Daniel. I'm trying to make it hard on those guys and they're making me better, too, as a safety."

*The Giants made a series of roster transactions before Tuesday's practice. Linebacker Todd Davis was placed on the Reserve/Retired list after signing with the team this past Saturday. Wide receiver Derrick Dillon (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve, and Martinez and defensive back Joshua Kalu were activated from Reserve/COVID-19.

"I feel good," Martinez said. "Just like anybody, you come back from that five weeks off, you want to get the rust off, and things like that. So, it's one of those things just like that."

*Wide receiver Kenny Golladay left practice early. The injury and its extent were unclear right away, but he walked off under his own power.

*First-round draft choice Kadarius Toney continues to ramp up one week after being activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list. He participated in one-on-one drills and fielded punts.

"It's good to see him out there," Jones said. "We'll keep working and talking and building that chemistry. He's a talented guy and can make a lot of plays, so we're excited to get him out there. … I think you see his athleticism, his twitch, his quickness and that's exciting."

*Before practice, Judge spoke in depth about having the three Super Bowl champions in the building yesterday as the Giants celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2011 championship team all season long.

"First off, Osi, Kiwi, and Justin coming back and talking to the team, that was huge for us," Judge said. "I've said it from the beginning, this is a different organization, there is a connection between past players, past history of these teams and the players that sit in these chairs today. It's important our players understand and have respect for the history that they come after. They have to understand what's happened, the players who did it, and the culture and the standards that remain consistent throughout those great times of this organization. Without going into direct specifics of what they said, I would just say that everything you could ever ask to be said to a team and needed to be said, they covered. Covered very direct from a player's perspective, very strong message, it was very well received. I heard from a lot of players, a lot of coaches, I could say from my own perspective of the impact it had on the team in terms of understanding the standards, the expectations of former players, this is different. Some organizations, you kind of come and go. This is one of the different ones where history matters, history carries over. In terms of former players coming back here, if anyone hasn't heard my voice yet, I hope they hear it now, I want them back. I want them here, I want them involved with our team, I want them here at practice, I want them in meetings, I want them around our players, I want our players to understand the pressure they should have on them from past players who achieved great things here. I want these guys in this program. They were here before us and the history of this program will go on after we're gone here. I want them to understand they are valued, they are respected and they are important to the players who are currently on this roster and our current players have to understand the significance the players played in establishing the culture here."

View the top photos from Tuesday's practice which featured pads for the first time at training camp.

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