As Brian Daboll said, Wednesday was really the start of the football season.
The New York Giants, after holding logistical meetings on Tuesday, took the field today for the first practice of training camp. It was the team's first day back on the field since minicamp closed in early June. While the spring was more for installation and orientation, the summer is all about preparing for the start of the season. And the clock is ticking.
View top photos from practice as the Giants kicked off training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Naturally, the excitement level was high with the fans back at camp. Here are the highlights from the day:
*The Giants spent most of practice in the red zone, where wide receiver Kadarius Toney made the catch of the day. The second-year pro went up for a pass in the corner of the end zone and kept his feet in bounds when he came down. It was a good start to the summer as he gets on the same page with Daniel Jones, who threw the pass. Toney was part of a contingent of rehab players who shed their red non-contact jerseys from the spring.
"I thought it was a heck of a catch, to go up and get that ball," Jones said. "I think that's what he can do. As an athlete, he brings that element to our offense. We'll keep working and keep trying to utilize what he does well."
*Rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson was also in the running for the top play, hauling in a nice pass from Jones in the corner of the end zone shortly after Toney caught his on the opposite side of the field.
*Jones also threw a touchdown to Saquon Barkley on what was a busy day for the running backs.
"I think we'll watch the film, and there will be things to correct, but we got into the end zone a few times," Jones said. "I thought we were clean operationally in and out of the huddle. Guys knew where to go, where to line up. I thought that part of it was clean, which is a big emphasis on the first day when you're out there and I thought it was good. Obviously, there will be things to clean up, but overall, I thought it was pretty good. "
*Veteran running back Matt Breida, who has previous experience in Daboll's offense from Buffalo, had a big first day. He ran in a touchdown and scored another on a pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who made a nifty spin move before he threw the ball.
Breida recently joined the "Giants Huddle" podcast to discuss the offense and said, "This is a type of offense you want to be in if you're a playmaker, the guy that wants to get in space. This is the offense you want to be in."
*Taylor also threw touchdowns to receivers David Sills V and Richie James and another to running back Antonio Williams.
*Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones caught a touchdown from Davis Webb, as did receivers Austin Proehl and Marcus Kemp, who is a recent addition to the team.
*Cornerback Darnay Holmes made the defensive play of the day, going full extension to intercept a pass over the middle. The former fourth-round pick is part of an intriguing competition at cornerback following the offseason departure of veteran James Bradberry.
*Speaking of young cornerbacks, rookie Cor'Dale Flott made a handful of plays to start his first training camp. The third-round pick from LSU broke up a pass in the end zone during seven-on-seven drills and forced a receiver out of bounds later in the day for an incomplete pass.
*Tight end Daniel Bellinger passed his physical just in time for the Giants' first practice of training camp on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The rookie fourth-round draft choice spent less than a week on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a quad injury. He jumped right back in the action and caught a few passes.
*Second-year cornerback Aaron Robinson forced an incompletion.
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