The New York Giants wrapped up a pair of joint practices with Patriots on Thursday in New England. Below are the standouts from Day 2. To view the top performers from Day 1, click here.
RB Saquon Barkley
After missing the first day of competitive practices with the Patriots due to personal reasons, Barkley was out on the field wearing a red non-contract jersey typically used by quarterbacks.
"The biggest thing we're going to do is manage his volume," coach Joe Judge said. "He'll be in a red jersey today. Just like guys in red jerseys yesterday, it'll be non-contact on those players, whether it's a quarterback, punter, or a position player. We want to make sure we stay off of them. He's going to do some stuff on the seven-on-seven. He'll work mostly early in practice. We're only looking to get this guy 10-12 or so reps, build his volume up little by little, and when that's done, he'll condition with the trainers.
He was involved in 7-on-7 red zone drills to start practice and even caught a short swing pass for a touchdown. Barkley reappeared for two competitive team sessions towards the end of practice, catching two passes in the final team session of practice, which was a two-minute period with the Giants having less than a minute to get down the field and into field goal range. Barkley's first catch came on a near the sideline where he got out of bounds, and his second was with 1-on-1 coverage against a linebacker. Barkley moved around with the typical spring in his step, and his participation in team drills is another step forward to getting him in a game situation.
"The medical team will play a large part in where everybody is available for specific parts," Judge said. "But as we build in, he's consistently ramped up every week, increased his volume, increased his load. Today he'll be in team drills for the first time, so we'll how he handles today, and we'll build him in tomorrow.
View photos of the Giants practicing with the Patriots in New England ahead of Sunday's preseason finale.
DB Logan Ryan
Ryan had the play of the day for the Giants' defense. A series after the Patriots came down and scored a touchdown with Cam Newton at quarterback, Ryan intercepted the second pass of the period thrown by rookie Mac Jones.
Jones was trying to complete an intermediate pass over the middle to Jonnu Smith, and Ryan came down from his safety position and jumped in front of the tight end to grab the interception. Ryan's anticipation on the play was excellent, as he had time to get in front of Smith and grab a clean interception.
WR Dante Pettis
Pettis made the standouts column for the second consecutive day with the Giants' biggest pass play of the day. On a blitz from a defensive back, Daniel Jones made a quick read and got the ball out to Pettis, who was wide open down the left sideline. He faked going inside just enough to keep the single-high safety away from his side, leaving him wide open. Jones made a pinpoint throw, and Pettis brought the ball down to the one-yard line. Eli Penny caught a touchdown on a short pass one play later.
Tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart caught a tough contested catch to convert a fourth-and-long during one of the competitive team periods to keep the Giants drive alive. He jumped in the air, collided with a Pats defensive back, and came down with the ball.