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Presser Points: What you need to know from Brian Daboll, Saquon Barkley


Coach Brian Daboll spoke before Thursday's training camp practice, after which running back Saquon Barkley, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, and wide receiver Darius Slayton also met with the media.

Here is everything you need to know from their pressers:


🔹 Rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt is "good to go" after getting a "a little hot at the end" of Wednesday's practice.

🔹 Defensive lineman Rakeem Nuñez-Roches didn't practice again after being involved in a car accident earlier in the week. He is "sore," but it "could have been worse," according to Daboll. Daboll does not believe the veteran will miss an extended period of time.

🔹 Defensive tackle Vernon Butler was placed on the reserve/did not report list to start camp. "We are kind of working through some things. That is really all I got for you. I understand the question, but that's where we're at."

🔹 Saquon Barkley looked like "normal Saquon" in Wednesday's return to practice.

🔹 Rookie center John Michael Schmitz worked in with the first-team offense. Just like last year, people will see a "good amount of rotation" on the offensive line in practice.

🔹 The second-round pick and former All-American is competing with Ben Bredeson, who has "flexibility at center, at guard. He will have an opportunity to compete it out."

🔹 Schmitz is "very cerebral. He's intelligent. He's made progress since he's been here."

🔹 Cole Beasley is a "smart" and "scrappy" veteran. He adds competition to the wide receiver room with a few players on PUP. "He's a smart player, he's crafty, and he has played a long time in this league. When you have a veteran in a room, any room, I think younger players can ask them questions and learn from some of the stuff they have been through."

🔹 The Giants finished last in the NFL in pass plays of 20 yards or more in 2022. "You do a lot of research in the offseason. There are plays you call to be explosive that maybe don't turn out that way relative to how they are getting played. You can't just focus on one area. It is certainly an area we need to improve on, that we will try to improve on, but I never want Daniel [Jones] to force any ball. Will there be times when I might go to him and say, let this thing rip, if it gets picked, I don't really care. It gets intercepted in practice, let's take a look at how it looks. It's not just that. There's a lot of areas in all three phases we have done a lot of research in the offseason and areas we have to improve on."


🔹 Barkley chose to report on Day 1 of camp because he had an "epiphany."

🔹 The epiphany was that he should follow his heart. "Obviously, I heard what everyone was saying in the news and on social media, but I kind of just followed my heart. And then you've got to look at it from a business point, from a business view, I felt like, what's the best thing that I can do? Some people may agree or disagree with this, to sit out or sit in, and I feel like for this year specifically, the best thing that I can do for myself would be coming back, going out there and play the game that I love, playing for my teammates, doing something that I've wanted to do since I was a little kid."

🔹 Barkley is obviously aware of the running back market, but the only way that he feels that is going to change is "someone has to make it change. God willing, hopefully I can be one of the people to do it."

🔹 Barkley wishes he could see the future beyond this year, but he can only focus on the present. "If a certain situation comes up like this again next year, which obviously everyone's aware that can happen, I'll deal with it when that happens."

🔹 It would be a "flat-out lie" to say he isn't disappointed, but he is "mature enough to understand that it's a business and understand that deals don't get done every year."

🔹 Barkley and his team "felt like we were in good faith trying to get a deal done, the Giants feel they were in a good faith trying to get a deal done, and that's life. Sometimes you don't come to an agreement. I had to come to a decision. Like I said, I had an epiphany. I had a mindset of what I was going to do, but I changed my mind."

🔹 Barkley received "wise words" from a lot of vets. "When you show up, you can't have that in your heart. It's not a good thing to have in your heart. So, I put all that aside. My focus is on my teammates, everyone in that building and the fans, and to go out here and have a hell of a year."

🔹 Barkley knows it's up to him and the other premier running backs to change the narrative. "I know how great this position has been, I know how helpful this position is to teams throughout the league. When you talk about legacy, it's on guys like myself, it's on guys like (49ers running back) Christian (McCaffrey), it's on guys like J.T. (Colts running back Jonathan Taylor) and (Steelers running back) Najee (Harris) for us to go out there and change the narrative. Everyone wants to bring up data, everyone wants to bring up analytics. You could bring up each way for both sides. But if all of us go out there, God willing, stay healthy and do what we've got to do, I think that's going to put everything to rest."

🔹 In the end, Barkley felt he got respect from the Giants because he "was able to look Joe (Schoen) in his eyes, look Dabs in his eyes. Obviously, we didn't come to an agreement, but we were able to put everything aside. That's just part of the business. It's a business. It sucks when you come to realization of that."


🔹 After a breakout season in which he was named second-team All-Pro, the former first-round pick joined a handful of core players in receiving a long-term contract. "It just shows the belief that the organization has in us and the hard work that we put in to earn that. I'm excited because things like that builds confidence into a person. The more confidence we have, the better the team will be."

🔹 Lawrence is done talking about building. It's more about "doing" at this point. "Going into my fifth season, I hate losing. I don't really want to talk about building. I want to talk about what we are doing today to get better for tomorrow, and then that day leads into the season. You all can talk about building, but our mindset is winning."

🔹 Daboll doesn't have to say much about the Giants needing to improve against their division opponents; it's understood. "I think as a position group, you want to dominate every team but more importantly the teams within the division, simply because that's the way to the playoffs and the playoffs gives us a chance to win the Super Bowl. … I think that's within the players."

🔹 Does winning help players get bigger contracts? "That's hard to say. It all goes down to how did that individual played that season, type of thing. Winning brings more spotlight, so it brings more of everything. But if a player is playing his (butt) off, he deserves what he deserves, so he should get it."

🔹 Barkley "challenges everybody on the team in a way that he doesn't even know."


🔹 Slayton, who re-signed with the Giants this offseason, is part of the core that went through tough seasons before making the playoffs in 2022. "It's amazing because, like everybody says, it's a tough place to play. When it's not going well it's like everybody sucks (laughs), so it's good to be on the other side of that thing. Obviously, we were able to win some games last year and guys were able to perform at a high level and they're starting to get rewards for the fruits of their labor. For me, it's like you see all the hours of off time, the time they put in in the film room, in the weight room (and) they're out here by themselves, so seeing that pay off for guys is awesome."

🔹 Slayton said the wide receiver room isn't full of "draft darlings that went in the first round and were the prettiest girl in class. You kind of have to prove it a little more than other guys, but that's fine. You've got to take the stairs sometimes in life, (but) that's alright, you get to the top anyways."

🔹 Tight end Darren Waller is a "a locomotive rolling real fast, ain't nobody tackling that."

🔹 Slayton doesn't think Jones has a ceiling. "I think he's a talented quarterback. We've got a talented group. As long as we play well, we block well, he'll make all the plays he needs to make."

View photos from the first practice of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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