"Consistency" is the word of the week for the Giants, who come off their third consecutive win to improve to 5-1. They will look to make it four in a row when they travel to Jacksonville and take on the 2-4 Jaguars.
"I'd say the biggest thing for us is just to be consistent with how we do things during the week," first-year coach Brian Daboll said before Wednesday's practice. "Whether it's after a loss, after a win, after a close win, after a big loss. It's such a week-to-week league, so our approach from a coaching staff, and really from an organization, is be as consistent as you can regardless of result if you're doing the things you need to do during the week. That's my job is to make sure we are trying to do that along with the coaches. That's really where our focus is."
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🔹 Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger has three touchdowns this season and found the end zone in back-to-back games. Daboll said they put a lot on his plate, and the transition can be especially tough at his position coming from college. "I think he's picked it up well. And each game, he gains more experience. He's far from a finished product; he'll be the first to say that. But I think, not just to single out Daniel, there's a lot of our rookies who are doing a good job right now of continuing to grow, improve, learning from their mistakes. And that's all you can ask for."
🔹 Before going onto Buffalo Bills fame, Daboll was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Alabama. He was there only one season, but what a season it was. The Crimson Tide averaged 38.8 points, 245.0 rushing yards, 210.3 passing yards and 455.3 yards of total offense en route to a national championship. Daboll coached quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, running back Damien Harris and wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who all now play in the NFL. Daboll also recruited one other player who went on to become a Heisman Trophy winner for a different school and the No. 1 pick by the Giants' upcoming opponent.
"I know Trevor [Lawrence]; I recruited him, too," Daboll said. "It was the same year [Chicago Bears quarterback] Justin [Fields] came out. From Cartersville, Georgia – tremendous high school football player. You go down there and watch a practice. He can play on Sundays when he's down there in high school. He was really, really talented. He's really talented now. I think he's doing a great job in Coach [Doug] Pederson's offense. He's big. He can throw it accurately. He can move. They run him on some quarterback, not just keepers, but also quarterback designed runs, too. So, athletic, smart. He's a really good person, too. He's going to be a good player in this league for a long time."
🔹 Daboll said it will be a "good matchup" for tackles Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal against Jacksonville's Josh Allen and rookie Travon Walker. "Walker is the first pick of the draft, and Josh Allen is a dynamic edge rusher. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback, being a ball disrupter. He can drop. He's a really good player. He's done a good job there for a while. And Travon, having seen him at Georgia, he's very stout on the edge. Long. He's a good player. We'll have our work cut out for us."
🔹 Daboll said he has no concern about giving a full workload to running back Saquon Barkley, who has been dealing with a shoulder issue.
🔹 Offensive lineman Nick Gates is "getting closer" after suffering a catastrophic leg injury last year. Gates began the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list but returned to practice on Oct. 5, opening a 21-day window before the Giants must decide to activate him or place him back on PUP for the remainder of the season. "I think he's had a good couple of weeks of practice. I think he's made progress each and every day. Learning our system, it's different when you're practicing in a new system. You can sit in a classroom all you want, but I think he's made good progress."
🔹 The Giants reunited with Landon Collins before their trip to London, signing the three-time Pro Bowl safety to the practice squad. Daboll said they'll give him more reps this week. "Again, like I said, he just got here, so we'll see how he is conditioning-wise. We'll see how he does with picking up the defense. He's been great, I'm glad we have him. We'll just see where he's at. Again, I think putting someone out there early or when they're not ready -- and I'm not saying he is or he isn't -- but I think that you just got to be fair to the player and make sure that they feel comfortable with where they're at."
🔹 Wide receiver Kadarius Toney will not practice to the start the week, but Daboll said he's optimistic that he can return at some point. "He's getting better, doing a good job rehabbing. Hopefully we'll see him out here soon."
View photos from Wednesday's practice as the Giants prepare for their Week 7 matchup against the Jaguars.