It was a special day at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Tuesday as the Giants announced seven new Ring of Honor inductees.
Prior to the announcement, the team took the field for a light practice. Players were in shells and there were no 11-on-11 drills Tuesday. Head Coach Brian Daboll, wide receiver Kenny Golladay and Adoree' Jackson spoke to the media, in addition to four of the Ring of Honor inductees.
Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was also present at practice, along with Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Bill Cowher.
Here is what we learned:
1. Seven new Ring of Honor inductees announced
Directly following the conclusion of practice, Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara announced the seven new Ring of Honor inductees. Joe Morris, Leonard Marshall, Rodney Hampton, Ottis Anderson, Kyle Rote, Jimmy Patton and Ronnie Barnes will be inducted into the Ring of Honor on Sept. 26 when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
"We are proud to add these deserving and legendary figures in Giants history to our Ring of Honor," Mara said. "Each of the players was among the very best at his position to wear a Giants uniform. All of them helped our franchise win championships and enjoy long-term success, as has Ronnie Barnes, who has been an invaluable and beloved member of our organization for decades."
All seven members played a part in a Giants championship. Patton and Rote were on the 1956 Championship team, Morris in 1986, Anderson and Marshall in '86 and '90, Hampton in '90, and Barnes has been with the Giants for all four Super Bowl victories.
The newest additions bring the total number of honorees in the Ring of Honor to 50. Prior to this Class of 2022, the last Giant to be inducted into the Ring of Honor was Eli Manning in 2021.
Representatives of the Giants' storied past visited practice and learned they will receive the franchise's highest honor.
2. Saquon's leadership has 'stood out'
During last week's opener against the New England Patriots, Saquon Barkley played his first preseason snaps since his rookie season. Barkley wound up touching the ball five times (four carries, one reception) for 21 yards all in the first two offensive series. The offense finished the game with 177 yards on the ground and averaged 5.4 yards per carry, as the Giants defeated the Patriots 23-21.
Daboll touched on the importance of team camaraderie, and how Barkley has played a crucial part in that this year.
"We're just trying to build as good a team chemistry as we can," said Daboll. "That's important. That's important during the season, as you guys know; you've been through NFL seasons for a long time. There's a lot of things that don't go as planned, and you have to stay strong within your group. And you have to support one another. And you have to concentrate and focus on the things you can control.
"And I'll just say with Saquon in general, he's been excellent since he's been here in the spring, picking up our stuff and into summer. His leadership has really been good. It's stood out in a strong way to me as is his performance and the way that he approaches it on a day-to-day basis. He's been fantastic."
3. Golladay ready for 'clean slate'
In his first season with the Giants last year, Kenny Golladay caught 37 passes for 521 yards across 14 games. It was the first time in his five-year career that he was held out of the end zone as the offense struggled as a whole. The receiver was happy to receive a "clean slate" this season, and said the entire offense entered training camp this year with something to prove.
"I'm not just going to talk about me as far as how important it is to me; I think it's important for everyone," Golladay said about the offense improving this season. "We've got new coaches and a new offense; I think everyone is going to probably come into this season with a little chip on their shoulder. Even from the coaching standpoint, everyone is going to come in with that edge to try and meet the expectations."
The 6-foot-5 veteran played a big role in today's practice, catching four passes during 7-on-7 drills. Golladay's presence has been beneficial for the other side of the ball, as well.
"It's great competition in the sense that we keep battling, going after it and that's what I can respect," cornerback Adoree' Jackson said of Golladay. "We'll be doing 1-on-1s or going to team and somebody else may be up and then Kenny will be like, 'Nah, Adoree' get up,' or, (Cornerback Aaron Robinson) 'A-Rob, come up,' so we can guard. That's what I respect the most about it. It's not like anybody is shying away from competition. We are going to go out there and compete every day. That's what we look forward to and appreciate the most from KG. He's gave us great looks – a big sized-receiver going out there, a good catch radius. It makes us have to work on our tangibles, what we do well and trying to figure out how to compete and play."
4. Jackson 'appreciates' role as veteran of CB group
At just 26-years-old, Adoree' Jackson is facing a role this season that he's never experienced before. Following some of the roster moves made earlier this year, the sixth-year corner is now the veteran in the Giants' cornerback room. In fact among all of the team's defensive backs, only safety Andrew Adams (28) is older than Jackson. Julian Love joins those two as the only DBs on the team with 3+ years of NFL experience. The group of 16 defensive backs also currently consists of six rookies.
"I enjoy it at the end of the day," Jackson said about his role in the DB room. "Being able to go through certain things in my career early, not being old but still being able to relate to the guys. If they need to come to me and ask me for some help or ask me anything, I'm just being able to be there for them which I think is pretty cool. It's kind of like when we were in high school and somebody comes in like a freshman or when you're in college and you're an older guy and then everybody just wants to chop it up with you, chirp or whatever it may be.
"At the end of the day, they respect that. I'm not really trying to be all in their face telling them you need to do this, you need to do that. I just let them go and do their thing and if they need help, they know they can talk to me. I appreciate the role that is given to me and that I have."
5. Three players waived; roster down to 85
Prior to the start of practice, tight end/fullback Jeremiah Hall and defensive back Gavin Heslop were waived and wide receiver Austin Proehl was waived/injured.
The moves were made ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline in which every NFL team had to reduce their roster to 85 players.
All three players were signed this year. Hall was added as a rookie free agent in May and played six snaps in last week's preseason opener. Heslop was signed as a free agent less than a month ago and played 21 total snaps (20 defensive, one special teams) against the Patriots. Proehl was signed in February and did not appear in last week's game.
The next set of cuts must be made by Tuesday, Aug. 23, when rosters must be reduced to 80 players. Teams will then have to get their rosters down to 53 by Tuesday, Aug. 30.
View the best photos from Tuesday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.