Matt Peart makes ESPN's list of top 25 prospects
ESPN recently ranked the NFL's top 25 young players that they believe could "level up" in 2021, and Giants offensive tackle Matt Peart landed at No. 20.
As ESPN's Rivers McCown writes, "Somewhat of an afterthought in a tackle-rich class, Peart got hit with a critique of 'why is a guy this physically talented rated a two-star recruit and sent to Connecticut?' Well, because he's from Jamaica and didn't play football until high school. Peart is a physical dream, with a 6-foot-7 frame and 36 5/8th-inch arm length that is built to be an obstacle. He ran a 5.06-second 40-yard dash with that physique, which would be impressive for any offensive tackle."
Peart played in 11 games with one start during his rookie campaign, seeing the field for a total of 150 offensive snaps.
The 24-year-old performed well in his limited action, earning a strong 81.7 run blocking grade from Pro Football Focus. The highlight of Peart's season came in Week 6 against the Washington Football Team when he started and played a season-high 26 offensive snaps and received an 89.7 overall grade from PFF, including an elite 93.4 run blocking grade. He surrendered just one pressure on 11 pass blocking snaps.
The Giants invested heavily in the offensive line during last year's draft, selecting tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick, Peart in the third round and guard Shane Lemieux in the fifth round.
Peart is expected to compete with veteran Nate Solder for the starting right tackle position this season.
View the best photos from Monday's training camp practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
TE Evan Engram stands out as Giants ramp up
After a players' day off, the New York Giants returned to the field on Monday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Players put on the shells to kick off the second week of training camp before they strap up the pads for the first time tomorrow.
"We'll ramp up the team a little bit more," coach Joe Judge said before practice. "The emphasis still remains on getting our football conditioning right away, improving on fundamentals, and then we're going to keep advancing with the install and the situations that come up."
Here are Monday's standout players:
TE Evan Engram
The 2020 Pro Bowl selection had an active practice again, highlighted by a nifty touchdown on a pass from Daniel Jones. Engram spun as he caught it to avoid the incoming hit and took it up the field for a score.
"I just took advantage of a fully healthy off-season," Engram said last week. "Didn't have any setbacks, no recovery stuff, no lingering injuries, so took a little bit of time off and I took advantage of having a fully healthy of-fseason and got to work. Same mindset always in the off-season, getting better, attacking things I can improve on, but just taking advantage of a fully healthy of-fseason."
Joe Judge initiates new OL Joe Looney; Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney updates
Joe Looney hadn't been a Giant for 48 hours before he ran his first penalty lap. Welcome to a Joe Judge practice.
"That's something I ain't done since little league," the 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman, who signed late Saturday afternoon and participated in his first full-speed practice today. "But you know I loved it. It's another way to hold us accountable as professionals. If you make a mistake, you're going to have to run a lap for it. I'm all about it. It holds us accountable at the end of the day."
The fact that he was new to the team was no excuse. However, it did give him something to talk about with quarterback Daniel Jones, who had to run alongside him.
"We were actually just talking about taking some snaps before practice," Looney said. "You know me being a new guy, we haven't gotten snaps. It's just things take time. It just takes time with that center-quarterback relationship."
Looney has more than 100 games of NFL experience under his belt and played the past five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Four of them were spent under Jason Garrett, the longtime Cowboys head coach who took over as Judge's offensive coordinator in 2020.
Looney had to get used to seeing him without a star on his hat.
"Oh man, it's crazy," Looney said. "Him here and all this, you know we sat out here on the practice field and reminisced a little bit. It's awesome to be with him. I can't say enough about Coach Garrett. He gave me a great opportunity to be with Dallas and now here. I want to play my tail off for him."
Giants Training Camp Report: Eye on offense
Check out the video below to watch Bob Papa and Super Bowl champion Shaun O'Hara on 'Training Camp Report presented by Investors Bank' as they take a look at the offense at Monday's practice.