Practice Report: Jones throws 3 TDs in red zone

The Giants held another training camp practice on Monday morning that was open to the public at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It was still relatively cool with practice starting at 10:15 a.m.

Here’s what we saw from the sideline.

*There hasn’t been much mention of cornerback Janoris Jenkins so far in camp for a simple reason: every day he goes out there quietly and does his job well. He had two consecutive pass break-ups in red zone drills today, the first on a pass for tight end Evan Engram and the second on a short throw to running back Rod Smith. On the second play of red zone work, Jenkins’ tight coverage on wide receiver Cody Latimer forced an incompletion over his head. Jenkins is not only the most veteran cornerback on the roster, he is also the best cornerback and his play has shown it so far in camp.

*Linebacker Markus Golden was active early in practice. He would have had two sacks of Eli Manning during blitz period if he was allowed to finish the play.

*The offensive line was practicing double-team blocks in the run game early in practice. It gives the offensive line a chance to work in concert to perfect their combination blocks, and also gives defensive linemen work on holding up against double teams.

*The yellow jersey was off Grant Haley and he made the most of it, knocking away a pass intended for Sterling Shepard during team period. He also got pressure on Manning on a corner blitz. His play has kept him locked into the starting nickel role. 

*Tight end Rhett Ellison is a perfectionist when it comes to his play. After the ones came off the field during team period, he was off to the side working on his pass sets. He is a valuable two-way player who can help in the run and pass game.

*Running backs Paul Perkins and Rod Smith were on the field at the same time positioned on either side of Daniel Jones, who was in shotgun. Perkins got the handoff with Smith as the lead blocker. Smith was a running back for the Cowboys, but he played some fullback in his college days and could be an emergency backup at that position.

*Two plays prior to that, a fullback screen to Eli Penny went for a long gain.

*Tight end Evan Engram caught a pass down the seam from Manning before safety Antoine Bethea could make a play on the ball. Engram’s combination of height and speed should be a huge weapon in attacking safeties in that area of the field.

*Yesterday, Saquon Barkley had the opportunity to be split out wide and make some plays. Today, Wayne Gallman got his shot. Manning hit him on a back-shoulder catch down the field in front of Markus Golden.

*Manning was efficient in practice until the red zone period when the first team defense turned the screws and prevented a touchdown on all six plays. Jenkins had the two aforementioned pass break-ups, Barkley dropped a pass, and was stuffed on a run by B.J. Hill. Manning did hit Bennie Fowler on a deep pass earlier in practice, but it came after Manning held the ball and what would have been an easy sack for Markus Golden.

*The second team offense, on the other hand, was perfect in the red zone period. Daniel Jones had three straight touchdown passes, a fade to TJ Jones and completions to wide receiver Russell Shepard and tight end Garrett Dickerson. Jones caught a break earlier in practice when a pass to Scott Simonson was undercut by Nate Stupar, who dropped the potential interception.

*Antonio Hamilton and Corey Ballentine rotated at the second cornerback spot with the starters. Sean Chandler was spotted getting some work as the slot safety with the second team.

Check out the top photos from Monday's practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

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