On the eve of the draft, the New York Giants hit the practice field again for the second day of voluntary minicamp. Rain in the area moved practice inside the fieldhouse at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here are the players who stood out on Wednesday:
TE JERELL ADAMS
Head coach Pat Shurmur added work to the most important part of the field today, otherwise known as the red zone. That resulted in another solid showing from third-year tight end Jerell Adams. The former sixth-round pick out of South Carolina caught a pair of highlight-worthy touchdowns from inside the 20.
"I think what you're trying to do is you're trying to teach the guys how to function," Shurmur said before practice. "It's important, especially on offense, and even on defense, when you're playing multiple positions, to learn this thing conceptually and then go out and try to function and play fast. I think that's what you're trying to do. So, in terms of the scheme, it's hard to say the percentage [of how much is being installed now]. There's a good amount in, but I wouldn't say if it's over half or two-thirds or whatever."
QB DAVIS WEBB
The second-year quarterback threw three touchdowns from the red zone, including the two to Adams. He had another to wide receiver Travis Rudolph, whom I will get to next. But for now, Webb is concerned with being the best Webb he can be with the draft looming. The Giants hold the second pick tomorrow night.
"I just know that I'm going to get a chance. I want it to be here, let's say that," Webb said. "I want it to be the New York Football Giants. But again, if they draft somebody, they feel like it's going to be the best player for our team. That's up to them. I don't get paid to make those decisions. I don't want to make those decisions. I just want to complete the ball to the open guy and be a great teammate and work hard each and every day and just get better. That's what this time is about.
"Everybody's making a big deal about it, but it's about getting better. We just learned a new offense the past two weeks, so it's just kind of learning on the fly and translating what you learned in the meeting room to the game field."
WR TRAVIS RUDOLPH
Rudolph made the roster as an undrafted rookie last season with plays like the one he made today. Sandwiched in between the Adams touchdowns was a Webb-to-Rudolph connection in the end zone for a score. The 6-foot wide receiver made a nice adjustment in the air to make the catch, much to the chagrin of the defense.
CB ELI APPLE
After a rough second season a year ago, the former 10th overall pick has started fresh with the new regime under Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman. The 22-year-old cornerback had a productive practice, making a handful of nice plays to break up passes in the red zone. Towards the end of practice, Shurmur went up to Apple and gave him a hug with a few words of encouragement.
While we're on the subject of young defensive backs making plays, Jeremiah McKinnon also flashed a few times and came very close to an interception. McKinnon spent the final month of last season on the Giants' practice squad. He has also spent time with the Redskins, Cowboys (twice) and Titans, but has never appeared in a game.
"The advantage of having this extra minicamp, especially for me, is I get an opportunity as a new coach to watch the players, get to know them," Shurmur said. "You think you know them because you met them in your office, or you watched them do certain things, but you really don't start to get to really know a player until you see him out moving around. And that's been very, very good for me."
The Giants take the field for the second day of voluntary minicamp!