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Sideline View: Offense airs it out in lengthy practice


After a day off on Saturday and more of a jog-through tempo Sunday, the Giants had the pads back on with a long Monday morning practice. The players will have a bit longer to recover with Tuesday's practice scheduled in the early evening for the second straight week.

* I've been waiting for the Giants to start working on their downfield passing game in training camp, but I won't be waiting any longer. We saw a number of vertical routes, which gave the quarterbacks a chance to get the ball downfield and take advantage of their receivers' speed.

* Corey Coleman showed his deep speed twice. On the first play of full-field 7-on-7's, Corey Coleman won his route and Cooper Rush hit him with a rainbow for a big gain. During team drills simulating late-game and two-minute situations at the end of practice, Coleman got behind the defense for an apparent long touchdown pass from Daniel Jones. He also had a diving catch on another deep throw. Coleman's speed seems to be all the way back after tearing his ACL last summer.

* Alex Bachman continues to get open and make plays. Today he showed his vertical speed, getting separation downfield before extending to make a diving catch.

* Sterling Shepard continues to be the toughest cover amongst the wide receivers at camp. He seems to be even shiftier than we've seen him in prior seasons. Even in small spaces, he is creating a lot of separation. In a non-contact tackling simulation drill, he put a move on a defensive back and went past him completely untouched.

* Evan Engram continues to be a touch cover, and he was able to show his ability to separate vertically. He caught one ball between a couple of defensive backs for a long gain. On another play he got his fingertips on a ball and tried to tip it into his arms but he couldn't come up with the catch. He also got excellent separation against one of the Giants' faster safeties to catch a deep pass.

* Saquon Barkley showed off his overall game. He was physical in stymying linebackers in 1-on-1 pass protection drills. He was impossible to cover in 1-on-1 receiving drills against linebackers. During team drills, he caught a short pass, made a defender miss in a confined space, and ran for what would have been a long touchdown. He also got behind the defense during 1-on-1s, though the pass to him was underthrown, and Blake Martinez was able to knock it away.

* Xavier McKinney got his hands on a couple of passes and just missed a third. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time and does a good job anticipating routes and getting where he needs to be on time.

* Oshane Ximines read a pass and forced a throwaway during team drills by getting into the target area.

* Jabrill Peppers consistently takes some of the best angles and gets where he needs to go during the simulated tackle drills in space. The offensive player rarely eludes him.

* Darnay Holmes got his hands on a couple more passes during practice. His match-ups with Golden Tate have been fun to watch.

* Joe Judge has the team doing so many different things on the field at the same time. During punt drills, for example, the offensive line and defensive front were working on executing and picking up stunts and twists.

* Quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski mentioned Sunday that he thought Daniel Jones' arm looked a little livelier this year compared to what he saw when he evaluated him coming out of college. The ball seems to have more velocity and cuts through the air better.


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