The New York Giants open training camp this week. Players report for physicals on Thursday, and the first practice will be Friday morning.
The schedule for the free public practices is as follows:
Friday, July 28 — 11:40 a.m. ET
Saturday, July 29 — 10:55 a.m.
Sunday, July 30 — 10:55 a.m.
Tuesday, August 1 — 10:55 a.m.
Wednesday, August 2 — 10:55 a.m.
Thursday, August 3 — 10:55 a.m.
Friday, August 4 — 10:55 a.m.
Tuesday, August 8 — 10:55 a.m.
Wednesday, August 9 — 10:55 a.m.
Sunday, August 13 — 11:10 a.m.
Monday, August 14 — 10:55 a.m.
Here is a question for you to ponder as the Giants get ready to return to the field. What will it take for you to consider the 2017 season a good one for the Giants? Vote in the poll below. I’m going to work off the belief that almost everyone would consider a losing season to be a bad year, so that won’t be an option.
What would you consider to be a good season for the Giants?
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A winning record, whether they make the playoffs or not
Making the playoffs
Winning a playoff game
Reaching the NFC Championship Game
Reaching the Super Bowl
Winning the Super Bowl
Kick returner/wide receiver Dwayne Harris has cast the Giants in the role of underdog against the Dallas Cowboys for the upcoming season. Here’s Harris recently on ‘Good Morning Football:’
"They, on paper, they probably look better than us right now. But we always match up good with them, so we'll see."
The Giants’ fan base is excited about the possibilities with the team’s upgraded receiving corps. Apparently, Sterling Shepard is, too:
"I'm very excited a part of that good group of guys," Shepard told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Saturday while hosting a Hyundai Youth Football Camp. "Especially having Odell and Brandon on the outside now is going to help free up the inside for Evan [Engram] and I. That's every wide receiver's dream to have two great guys on the outside that are going to draw a lot of attention. That's what you're getting with those two. We should have a feast in the inside if we prepare good enough."
After catching 65 passes as a rookie, Sterling Shepard thinks he can be better in his second NFL season:
Shepard said his work is focused on addressing two areas he feels he can improve from his rookie season: dropped passes and yards after the catch. He says he dropped only six passes his entire college career at Oklahoma, but last season Shepard dropped six for the Giants: four on 105 targets in the regular season and two on nine targets in the playoff loss in Green Bay.
Shepard delivered as a second-round pick with 65 catches and 683 yards and eight touchdown grabs as a rookie, but he’s his own harshest critic when it comes to raising his game in year two.
“I definitely think (I had) too many dropped balls,” Shepard said. “I came out of college and I had only dropped six balls my whole career, so that was something I felt I definitely needed to hone in on over the offseason. So I’ve been catching a lot of balls, and I also wanted to work on a lot of after-the-catch stuff. I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC yardage than what I did, just from the (film) review I did.”
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie understands what is expected of the Giants’ defense:
“Any time you build something like that, you have to go out there and perform, so it puts a lot of pressure on you, knowing that a lot has been invested in you,” Rodgers-Cromartie told Vic Carucci and Antrel Rolle on The Opening Drive. “So you’ve got to have the mindset of just going out there and competing and just winning.
“I never really go in the season with expectations, because I always know there’s going to be highs and lows of the season. But what I do is just go out there and just prepare and play the best of my ability within the system. The expectation, I know, is just go out there and get it done because a lot has been invested in us.