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Sideline View: Observations from Tuesday's practice


The Giants have been practicing for a week at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, but Tuesday had the team in pads for the first time, which allows for added physicality and the type of contact that simulates real football.

* When there is additional contact in practice, tempers can flare between the offense and defense during competitive periods, and that's what happened at the end of practice. Joe Judge was none-too-pleased and gathered the team at the goal line for full-field jogs and push-ups. After practice, the players made available to the media explained Judge's message was to keep the physicality between the whistle, and not to do anything that could result in a penalty, a game ejection, or an injury to a teammate at practice. It appears the message about keeping emotions in check was successfully sent to the players.

* It was good to see Blake Martinez back on the field, coming off the COVID list. He took some reps at inside linebacker as did tackle Matt Peart, who started training camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform list)

* The first physical portion of practice was a blocking drill. Three groups were set up side-to-side with offensive linemen lined up against defensive linemen, running backs and tight ends lined up against linebackers, and wide receivers lined up against defensive backs. The players were loud and enthusiastic, and it was easy to hear the crack of the pads even though the drill happened on the far side of the field. There were some nice blocks by John Ross III, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram, but it was tough to get a look at the offensive linemen.

* The offensive and defensive line also participated in 1-on-1 drills worked on stunts. It was the second straight day they worked on two- and three-man pass rushes.

* The offense was given more of an opportunity to operate outside of the red zone with more space and had its most efficient day. Daniel Jones was sharp and wide receivers were able to take advantage of the extra room to run against the defensive backs in 1-on-1s.

* With his superior quickness, Sterling Shepard is always a very difficult cover in 1-on-1s and that was no different at practice. He was able to get consistent separation on a variety of routes.

* Darius Slayton used his physicality and got a good angle to get in front of the cornerback (who tried undercutting his route) to make the catch.

* The defense also got their hands on the ball throughout practice. Tae Crowder knocked a pass away. Adoree' Jackson forced a fumble on a run play early in practice, and stripped a ball during 1-on-1s.

* CJ Board, David Sills, and Damion Willis also made notable catches during 1-on-1s. The defense forced one turnover, an interception from Quincy Wilson after a receiver fell down on an in-cut.

* Daniel Jones was accurate all day and carried his momentum into more red zone drills. Sills caught a leaping touchdown in the back of the end zone, tapping his toes just inside the line. Jones also made a couple of throws on the move after pressure flushed him from the pocket. He also kept the ball to run in for a score. Sills would score later in the drill and was impressive throughout practice.

* Graham Gano made all five of his field goal attempts.

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