The New York Giants opened minicamp on Tuesday. The team will practice three times at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, similar to what they have been doing for the past two weeks during organized team activities (OTAs). It is a chance for players to set the tone before a layoff heading into training camp at the end of July.
“We got a lot done today,” coach Pat Shurmur said after practice. “A lot of red zone, a lot of third-down stuff, situational things we need to work on and have been working on. It is just a continuation in my mind of the OTAs to this point. It felt that way as well.”
Here are the players who stood out on the first day:
QB ALEX TANNEY: Don’t forget about him. Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman gave the same warning last season, and those words still ring true now that Daniel Jones has been added to the quarterback mix. Tanney, who served as the No. 2 quarterback behind Eli Manning for most of last season, kicked off a “very competitive and very spirited” practice, as Shurmur described it, with a long touchdown pass to rookie Darius Slayton. The speedy wide receiver with sub-4.4 speed took the top of the defense and hauled in a perfect pass from Tanney down the middle. Tanney wasn’t done there. He went deep on what seemed like every rep he took, also hooking up with Bennie Fowler, Cody Latimer, and Alonzo Russell. Tanney has been part of eight different teams – two stints with the Titans – but has appeared in just one regular-season game since he came into the league in 2012 as an undrafted prospect out of Monmouth (Ill.). College.
LB B.J. GOODSON: Heading into his fourth season, the former fourth-round draft choice led a handsy day for the defense. He intercepted Kyle Lauletta early on in practice, taking it the other way for what possibly could have been a pick-six. Shortly after, he broke up a Manning pass intended for tight end Rhett Ellison in the red zone. The Clemson product recorded the first two interceptions of his career last season, both coming in the Giants’ Week 10 victory over San Francisco right after the bye. Combined with Alec Ogletree’s five, linebackers accounted for seven of the Giants’ 16 interceptions.
CB JULIAN LOVE: The rookie fourth-round pick from Notre Dame got on the board today with an interception. He was assisted by linebacker Jonathan Anderson, who redirected the pass during red-zone drills. Love has the ability to play inside and outside, but he figures to be part of the competition at nickel corner. He finished as the career leader in pass break-ups for the Irish and was one of three finalists for the 2018 Jim Thorpe Award, which went to Giants teammate DeAndre Baker as the top defensive back in college football.
Other plays of note: S Antoine Bethea had an interception off a tipped pass at the goal line, but WR Sterling Shepard made a heads-up play and ripped the ball away from him…Jones, the sixth overall draft pick, had some pretty throws, including a touchdown to Latimer and big hookups with Fowler and WR Reggie White Jr. down the sideline. The play everyone was talking about, though, was the zone-read play where Jones kept it and ran up the right side. RB Saquon Barkley was heard yelling about the 4.6 speed that the quarterback showed off at Duke’s pro day. Shurmur said the initial part of the zone read was good as Jones got himself out in space pretty quickly…Shepard continued his already impressive spring with some big gains from Manning. After practice, the fourth-year receiver who signed a contract extension this offseason said he came back to New Jersey early this spring to get in throwing sessions with Manning…Ellison had an over-the-shoulder grab from Manning…There were a handful of batted passes at the line of scrimmage, including by OLB Lorenzo Carter and rookie DTs Dexter Lawrence and Chris Slayton…WR Golden Tate made a nifty catch off a pass that was tipped by CB DeAndre Baker…The offense broke a few runs that the group was excited about, thanks to plays by FB Eli Penny and TE Garrett Dickerson...CB Ronald Zamort had an interception late in practice.