Practice seven of training camp took place at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday. After a spirited practice on Wednesday, Pat Shurmur had the players in shells instead of full pads. It was still an eventful and energetic practice with temperatures in the 80s.
*Alll the quarterbacks made plays. Daniel Jones threw what might have been the best pass we've seen all summer when he hit Paul Perkins down the sideline perfectly in stride for a long touchdown over linebacker Jonathan Anderson. Jones' deep ball has been phenomenal all summer long.
*Jones had a perfectly thrown deep post to TJ Jones over the head of Julian Love. On the play, however, Jones would have been sacked by Avery Moss before he got the ball off. It harkens back to something Jones said when he spoke to the media on Wednesday:
"I think part of the challenge for me is seeing the defense and understanding the defense. As we're putting in stuff, they're putting in stuff, too, so it's kind of a lot of stuff that I haven't seen before, and for me it takes me a little bit longer to recognize. So, those are things that require more preparation, seeing it more, and learning from them."
There are some plays where Jones might be taking an extra beat or two to decide what coverage he was looking at before unloading the pass. This type of progression is normal for a rookie, and it is a credit to Jones that he is able to do an accurate self-evaluation of the things he needs to improve.
*Eli Manning and Alex Tanney were both sharp, with Manning extremely accurate in the short and intermediate ranges. Tanney threw a beautiful touchdown pass to undrafted free ashortsighted end C.J. Conrad in the back corner of the end zone during 7-on-7's.
Check out the best action from Big Blue's practice on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
*There were some defensive players that stood out. Safety Kenny Ladler was the star in the secondary, knocking down a pair of passes and intercepting a Kyle Lauletta pass in the back of the end zone for wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. Grant Haley had a diving pass break-up but he had to leave practice shortly thereafter. Julian Love got to run with the first team for the rest of practice and did not look out of place.
*Dexter Lawrence seems to do something every practice that makes you notice him. Today, he chased down a wide receiver screen to Etta-Tawo near the sideline. At 340 pounds, Lawrence can move and never hesitates to hustle.
*Corey Ballentine got his hand on the ball again today playing with the second team in place of Sam Beal, who missed practice. On a pass to Rod Smith, he stripped the ball and it was recovered by Jonathan Anderson for the takeaway.
*Ryan Connelly got some snaps next to Alec Ogletree with B.J. Goodson nursing a hamstring injury.
*Jake Ceresna has been with the 3rd team and continues to get into the backfield, deflect passes and disrupt the pass game. He is going against the very raw Austin Droogsma (who did not play college football) but Ceresna has made the most of his opportunities. It will be interesting to see if he can carry that performance into the preseason games.
*Even with the players in shells, there were two periods of offensive-defensive line 1-on-1's. Today it was a good give and take, with the first team offensive line having another solid day. The highlight for me was watching Kevin Zeitler go against Dexter Lawrence. The two faced each other once and it looked like a draw to me, which is a win for the offense. Lawrence was able to push Zeitler backwards a bit but Zeitler was able to stop his momentum and anchor.
*I'm starting to see a larger variety of moves from Lorenzo Carter, including an inside spin and some nice hand work against Chad Wheeler. Carter went for the edge and got it when he was able to knock Wheeler's outside hand off of him with a strong swipe.
*The Giants have two consecutive practices on Friday and Saturday before a players' day off on Sunday.