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Top plays & takeaways from training camp (7/29)


There's a method to how Brian Daboll structures his practice. After opening training camp with a lot of red zone work, he followed up with an emphasis on "third-and-medium" on Thursday and stretched it out more on Friday.

"Well, it's areas you need to work on," Daboll said. "Red zone is a really important area in terms of scoring the football and then stopping and creating field goals. An area we definitely need to work on. It also helps players coming back from being down 30, 40 days of working in the offseason, and you're not running 20 go routes or covering posts or deep crossers and things like that. And then usually on like a third and two-to-five day, it's a lot shorter routes, too. You're running routes at the sticks or you're running shallow crossers, things like that. So, some of the running in the ramp up period helps those guys. Today [it was] a little bit longer. Again, trying to put players in stressful situations in practice is important. That's why you practice."

View top photos from Day 3 of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Here are the highlights from Friday's practice:


*The lone touchdown was the lone takeaway. And once again, it was at the hands of cornerback Darnay Holmes, whose interception streak extended to three days. The third-year pro, following diving interceptions on Wednesday and Thursday, picked one off today with all of his momentum going the other direction and ran in for the score.


*Second-year wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who has been the talk of camp, made a handful of catches again today. It must be the music choices at practice.

*Rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson had his most active day yet at training camp. The rookie second-round pick connected with Daniel Jones multiple times, just like they did frequently throughout OTAs and minicamp.

"Well, that goes back to the draft process of watching him and seeing what he's done and the vision we have for the young man," Daboll said Thursday. "Smart, he's another smart, instinctive player. We put him through a lot of tests and things like that in terms of before we drafted him – like we do with all our players to make sure they have the qualities that we look for. And we moved him around. We'll continue to move him around. Again, this is his first training camp practice. So, much to learn. Don't get too high; don't get too low. Let's just try to string them together. But good, young guy to work with. Just needs to keep putting one foot in front of the other."

*Training camp doesn't really start for linemen until the pads come on, but Dexter Lawrence couldn't wait. The defensive lineman, whose fifth-year option was picked up by the Giants this off-season, found his way into the backfield on more than one occasion today. He also batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

*Jones connected with wide receiver David Sills for a big gain over the middle.

*After a long scramble drill, safety Yusuf Corker broke up a deep pass heading into a crowd in the back of the end zone. Cornerback Zyon Gilbert also thwarted a possible touchdown and broke up a short pass from near the goal line.

*Rookie tight end Andre Miller made a sliding catch on a pass from Davis Webb.

*Safety Xavier McKinney nearly had an interception but settled for the breakup. The promising third-year pro is sporting the "green dot" on his helmet, meaning he is the one responsible for relaying the plays to the defense. The man on the mic is defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who hooked McKinney up with six-time Pro Bowler Eric Weddle this off-season to learn the ins-and-outs of the scheme.

"I talked to Wink, and it's not something that's new to me," McKinney said of calling plays. "I've done it before; I did it at 'Bama. It's not something that's surprising or it's not something that's too hard. It's different when you've got grown men in the huddle and you're trying to get the call to everybody. Obviously being on the backend of it, you might have to run 30-yards and run back to get the play to everybody. It's not too unusual to me."


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