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Minicamp Report (6/8): Top plays & notes from Day 2


The New York Giants are winding down their spring workouts.

Brian Daboll led his second minicamp practice on Wednesday before his team breaks tomorrow for the summer. After that, they won't be back on the field together until training camp in late July.

"I tell [the players] all the time, it's your team," Daboll said of the team-building process this spring. "They have to be accountable to one another. We'll give them instruction, we'll teach them fundamentals, we'll try to put the schemes in that best suit them. But at the end of the day, they have to take ahold of this thing and take it where they want to go."

View the best photos from mandatory minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Here is what you need to know from the second day of minicamp:


*Daniel Jones threw three touchdowns in the red zone, one each to running back Saquon Barkley and wide receivers Wan'Dale Robinson and C.J. Board. Barkley said after practice that he hasn't been moved around in an offense this much since his college days at Penn State.

"That dude, he's all over the place," safety Julian Love said. "They're doing a lot more with him. I know he's really excited for that, and you've got to. He's one of the best talents in the league. To be able to do a lot in a lot of different roles -- I know [offensive coordinator Mike] Kafka, how can you not be excited to utilize that. I think he's back in his headspace of being super competitive. When I mentioned competitive talks in the locker room, he's the main guy. He's one locker over from me and that's the main conversation every day about him competing. So I think that's what we've been seeing, and I'm excited for him."

*Quarterback Tyrod Taylor accounted for two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground. On the former, he dropped a perfect pass to wide receiver Richie James, who made an equally impressive over-the-shoulder grab in the end zone.

"He's got quickness," Daboll said of James. "He has the ability to play inside and outside. We've put him really in all three spots or four spots when we're going with four wide receivers. I think the quarterbacks can read his body language. Has good hands, knows what to do, dependable. So he's been a good addition for us."

*Wide receiver Austin Proehl also caught a touchdown from Davis Webb.


*It was another clean day for the offense in the turnover department.


*Wide receivers David Sills V and Robert Foster both made terrific sideline catches. Sills later hauled in another deep pass from Jones.

*Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady, who has previous experience with defensive coordinator Wink Martindale in Baltimore, flashed a few times. He got his hands on one pass and later prevented a touchdown with sound coverage.

*Defensive lineman Leonard Williams batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

*Graham Gano, now wearing jersey No. 9, capped practice with a long field goal that cancelled post-practice running for the team.

"That's Graham," Love said. "I knew he was going to make it. I don't know what even the stakes were to be honest with you. I just knew it was a make-or-miss. I always take the make on that one for him. But yeah, pretty smooth."


*Daboll said that new punter Jamie Gillan, also known as the Scottish Hammer, has had "a really good camp. He's a good teammate. He can boom the ball. But he fit right into our culture, what we're trying to create. He's done a really nice job out here. Punt the ball pretty well."

*Daboll cautioned against reading too much into depth charts this time of year. "I always tell these guys we have a rep chart, not a depth chart right now. … We've used different personnel packages. That really goes with all the guys. You'll see different receivers go with Daniel one day. This isn't really, like I said, an evaluation type of camp. It is more of a teaching, learning camp and moving guys around and putting them with different players."

*Daboll is a fan of linebacker Jihad Ward, who took no time to warm up to his new team this spring.

"He's got constant energy. He's excellent in meetings. I'd say from my experience, not all the time, but when you're a player that comes in as a free agent from another team, it's a little bit harder to lead right away because you are swimming with a new playbook and new surroundings. I'm not saying you're a rookie, but kind of like that. You kind of take a step back and just kind of feel things out.

"He kind of jumped right into the deep end. He's got a great personality, energetic. I love the way he practices. He's always running to the ball. I'd say he helps out. … He's great with like Kayvon [Thibodeaux] and those young guys in his room. He's been a really good addition. It was a good recommendation on those guys' part.'

*After practice, Ward, who calls his defensive coordinator "Uncle Wink" in the meeting room, said he's been on Thibodeaux to learn the playbook so he and everyone else can play fast. "He's dialed in," Ward said. "He's ready."

*Players huddled after practice and discussed being smart as they go their separate ways for the summer.

"That was just something that some of the leadership put together," Love said. "Just to make sure everybody is holding each other down, especially as we go into this break, doing the right things, just off-the-field stuff. Making sure everybody is okay, has a resource to reach out to, stuff like that. … You know, there's been so much going on across the league, I think, as of late, I think it's important to have those conversations. Everybody wants to just be back and be ready to go come training camp. That's the goal. So that's what that was about."


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