Football team training has arrived! Rookies are all signed. Veteran players arrived in increasing numbers for this week’s voluntary OTAs.
As Coach Judge said today, the NY Giants are ready for pads and on-field action next week.
After the last few quiet weeks that followed a rousing free-agent and draft season, you can wake up from your hibernation to Giants football again.
The Giants and their first-round draft pick, WR Kadarius Toney, agreed to contract terms this week on a four-year, $13.7M rookie deal that includes a fifth-year option. All money is fully guaranteed. With that agreement, the Giants have all rookies signed to contracts.
Meanwhile, Giants veterans had previously voted to abide by the NFLPA directed boycott of voluntary offseason workouts and other voluntary team activities. However, with that said, when the Giants conducted their first OTAs starting on May 24th, there were approximately 60 players from the 90-man roster in attendance.
This week, the Giants held three more OTAs, and the numbers grew even more.
Even those veterans that were staying away gathered in numbers to conduct their own workouts. Daniel Jones gathered many of his offensive weapons to train in Arizona. Logan Ryan called several of the Giants’ defensive backs to Florida to train as a group under the direction of former NFL wide receiver Yo Murphy. Next week, the team should be at full strength for the mandatory minicamp. Some players (such as Kyle Rudolph and Saquon Barkley) will still be rehabbing injuries and offseason surgeries. Also, Nate Ebner is technically a free agent right now as he pursues his Olympic rugby dreams. He is expected back after the Olympics are over.
Head Coach Joe Judge held a post-OTA news conference today. Judge stated the main takeaways from OTAs and the upcoming minicamp is getting the players started on football conditioning, playbook familiarization, timing, and execution of plays and throws between the QBs, running backs, and wide receivers. He is also pleased with the rookies’ growth so far during their development program.
And yes, he had to answer questions about Evan Engram yet again.
The coach reiterated how much he likes Engram’s work ethic and effort each day. For his part, Engram said one of his goals this year is “ball security,” perhaps a reference to last year’s critical drops.
This is the first real preseason that Coach Judge has his team on the field. It’s also the team’s second season playing in the coachs’ offensive and defensive schemes. It’s going to be fun to watch this team come together. They played well in the second half of the 2020 season.
The team has added plenty of offensive weapons as well as some key defensive free agents.
You can almost feel the proverbial “chip on the shoulder” the team is carrying into this year.
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