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Inside Look (7/28): Giants work on 3rd down, red zone


It was great to be out on the practice field for the second training camp practice. Temperatures were in the upper 80s with the sun out for pretty much the entire process.

* A day after focusing on red zone play, the first competitive portion of practice on Thursday featured red zone one-on-ones between receivers and defensive backs. Kadarius Toney picked up where he left off yesterday, making another contested catch near the sideline for a touchdown, drawing cheers from the crowd. Darius Slayton grabbed a back-shoulder catch a few plays later for a score of his own.

* Adoree' Jackson, the Giants' most experienced cornerback, got in a passing lane to knock away a pass.

* On a similar play later in one-on-ones, cornerback Darnay Holmes made a diving two-handed interception. Holmes had another pass breakup during team drills.

* Aaron Robinson showed his physicality and ball skills, knocking a fade thrown to a much taller target into the corner of the end zone. He had another pass break-up later in practice.

* Fullback Jeremiah Hall had one of the best catches of the day, making a jumping one-handed grab in the back of the end zone towards the tail-end of the red zone one-on-one drills.

* When the team gets into team drills there is a real feeling of pressure that the defense is putting on the offense to execute at a high level – and we're not specifically talking about pocket pressure. Heavy blitzes force the offensive line, tight ends and running backs to be on their assignments, but it is also felt in the secondary. On most plays, there aren't easy catches available downfield and there's a high level of competition that should bring the best out of both sides of the ball.

* Tyrod Taylor will turn 33 years old next Wednesday, but he still moves around like a much younger man. Taylor consistently escaped with quickness and speed when the second-team defensive line got penetration. He is adept at making accurate throws on the move or running for yards himself. Second-yard player Elerson Smith was one of those players spotted in the backfield at least a couple times for what could have been sacks in live situations.

* During the first team period, Daniel Jones hit a receiver over the middle for what would have been a big gain but Julian Love closed quickly on the play and knocked the ball out. Later in the practice, Golladay got some payback when he caught a deep crossing route over the middle for what was the biggest play of practice up to that point.

* Collin Johnson took that crown from Golladay during the final move-the-ball period for the second team, catching a deep ball over the top from Tyrod Taylor down the left sideline. Wide receiver Austin Proehl finished that series with a touchdown.

* In the final move-the-ball" period for the first unit, Brian Daboll made the offense and defense do some conditioning (running) before competing on one last goal line stand. Wide receiver Darius Slayton answered by catching a touchdown pass from Daniel Jones. Richie James caught a touchdown pass from Jones on a previous possession that wound up in the end zone.

* Davis Webb hit David Sills for a touchdown when the third team finished practice with a scoring drive, prompting Brian Daboll to set up a special situation. The third-team offense faced the third-team defense one more time on the goal line. After a penalty, there was some chatter between the offense and defense between plays – then, Sills won on a corner fade for a TD.


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