It's officially game week.
The New York Giants open the preseason this Thursday night in New England, where coach Brian Daboll anticipates "all of our guys" will play. The game against the Patriots also marks one month until the start of the regular season on Sept. 11 in Tennessee.
"Kind of cranking right along now," Daboll said before Sunday's practice. "It's the dog days here. … In terms of the amount of reps and things we were doing, we'll increase them this week now that we got through this first eight practices. We continue to work situations but amp up some of the reps, some of the conditioning, some of the things you need to do at this time of year. So, that's kind of where we're at."
View the top photos from Sunday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Here are the highlights from practice:
*While the Giants ran heavy 9-on-7 drills on one side, the defensive backs and wide receivers held a 2-on-2 competition on the parallel field with quarterbacks rotating between the two groups. Davis Webb threw touchdowns to Kadarius Toney, Austin Proehl, Richie James, Wan'Dale Robinson and Alex Bachman, who made a nice catch in the corner of the end zone. Daniel Jones also connected with James and Bachman for touchdowns in addition to C.J. Board to round out the 2-on-2 drill.
*In a physical practice, Saquon Barkley ran in a handful of short touchdowns. Quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor also used their legs for scores from the red zone.
*Taylor threw touchdowns to wide receiver Keelan Doss and tight end Jordan Akins.
*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson tallied another interception, showing good concentration on a ball that was tipped as it neared the goal line during a 2-on-2 drill.
*Defensive back Nathan Meadors intercepted a pass in his first week with his new team. The Giants recently claimed Meadors off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, who released him Aug. 3. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2019, Meadors (5-11, 189), appeared in three regular season games over two seasons in Minnesota, where he spent time on and off the practice squad. He also played for the Jaguars and Eagles in 2021 and was placed on injured reserve by Philadelphia last August with a hamstring injury. Then, the Browns added him to their practice squad on Nov. 9. Meadors appeared in 42 career games (30 starts) in four seasons at UCLA and posted 149 tackles and 22 pass breakups. He led the Bruins with 10 pass breakups during his junior season, including one interception returned for a touchdown.
*Xavier McKinney made a tremendous play to break up a pass in the front-left corner of the end zone. The promising safety jumped and turned so his back was to the goal line and got a hand on the ball to prevent a touchdown.
"I've said it before of just kind of letting us play loose and letting us play free," McKinney said of the mindset being instilled by the coaches. "Not being afraid to make a mistake or mess up or have a M.E. (mental error) or have a pass completed on you. (Defensive Coordinator) Wink has done a great job with relaying that to us and communicating that he doesn't really – if you have a M.E. or if somebody catches on you, it's a next play mentality for us and that's how we treat it. I think we have a really resilient group, a lot of guys that if something bad happens we just move on to the next play and keep playing and try to get the ball back for our offense. That's the ultimate goal for us. It's going to be fun and we're not too worried about if anything bad happens, we just know we've got to keep playing."
*Cornerback Khalil Dorsey had a highlight play and almost came down with a one-handed interception. Safety Julian Love also broke up a pass later during team drills in the red zone.
*The Giants had a number of run stuffs, a good sign for a defense looking to improve on the ground. Defensive lineman Justin Ellis had one of the biggest hits of this bunch. From the second level, linebackers Darrian Beavers and Tae Crowder also sniffed out some runs. Safety Yusuf Corker also got in there for a stop, something he wants to show the coaches as he tries to make the team as an undrafted rookie.