Thursday could be the start of a new tradition.
Ahead of their matchup in the preseason finale, the Giants hosted the Jets for a joint practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. And both head coaches expressed a desire to make it an annual event.
"Down the road hopefully," said Brian Daboll, who first met Jets coach Robert Saleh at the owners' meeting in the Spring. "It's good to have a team right here across the way to compete against. But again, you got to do things the right way, I think. Show respect each other, work hard together to improve and play football. Not interested in going to see a UFC or boxing matches or anything like that, although I love both of those (laughs). Just good, competitive football."
View photos from the joint practice between the Giants and Jets at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Here are the highlights from the day:
*Daniel Jones and the offense found a groove on Thursday, but much of their damage was done in the middle of the field. They still managed to find the end zone a few times during red zone drills, including a short touchdown run by Jones.
*Wide receiver Alex Bachman, fresh off his 100-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Bengals, also connected with Tyrod Taylor for a score from close range.
*Safety Xavier McKinney prevented a touchdown with an interception off a tipped pass at the goal line during red zone work. Last year, McKinney was the only defensive back in the NFL with at least 90 tackles, 10 passes defensed and five interceptions.
*Defensive back Olaijah Griffin has done a lot since the Giants claimed him off waivers from the Buffalo Bills just 10 days ago. He intercepted a pass in practice today after recording four tackles, a pass defensed, and a game-sealing fumble recovery in the Giants' second preseason game. Griffin is familiar to general manager Joe Schoen and Daboll after spending the entire 2021 season on the Bills' practice squad. Griffin, 5-11 and 176 pounds, joined the Bills last season as a rookie free agent from USC. He was released at the end of training camp and signed to the practice squad the following day.
*The Giants' offense is predicated on timing, and it operated like clockwork today as the ball seldomly hit the grass. The Giants and Jets opened up with 7-on-7drills, when Jones immediately found wide receiver Kadarius Toney. Kenny Golladay then elevated for a great contested catch.
"He made a nice play on the ball," Jones said of the Golladay catch, "and that's what he can do for us is go up and get the ball."
*It quickly turned into the David Sills V show. Jones found No. 13 numerous times throughout practice. Sills helped out his quarterback and friend by scooping one low pass during team drills.
"It always helps early on in a drive or a period of practice, getting a couple of completions and feeling the rhythm and kind of get going," Jones said. "And I thought we did that well today. I think this offense is largely predicated on that timing and knowing where and when guys are going to be open and getting off reads in time to get the ball to someone else. I thought we did a good job with that and like I said, I think we're all getting more comfortable."
*Taylor placed a perfect pass to Bachman on the sideline during 7-on7 drills. The backup quarterback later found new tight end Tanner Hudson, who waved his hand when he found an opening for the longest play of the day. The 6-foot-5, 239-pound Hudson was released by the 49ers on Tuesday.
*Wide receiver Jaylon Moore, another newcomer, made a nice leaping catch on the sideline on a ball from Davis Webb. Moore, 5-11 and 191 pounds, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Ravens in 2020 and spent all that season and most of the 2021 season on Baltimore's practice squad. In four seasons at Tennessee-Martin, he caught 92 passes for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Giants claimed him on Wednesday.
*Darius Slayton made a one-handed catch on a pass from Taylor. The difficulty level was upped when a Jets defender was called for pass interference.