The first of three joint practices between the New York Giants and Detroit Lions is in the books. Giants coach Pat Shurmur was pleased, calling it a “very competitive practice.” Here are takeaways from Shurmur’s time with the media.
First practice goes well
No extra-curricular activity. No reported injuries.
“I thought it was a very competitive practice. We keep telling them, and Matt (Patricia) and I are on the same page, if you compete and stay on your feet, then we can get a lot done. I felt like the competition was terrific, those extended drives were really good,” Shurmur said. “There’s a level of conditioning to that, I think that’s important, and it was good. We’re in training camp mode and our ones, our twos, and our threes got a lot of good work against a good opponent.”
No update on Saquon
Running back Saquon Barkley watched practice a day after injuring his hamstring.
“The same as yesterday,” Shurmur said. “He just tweaked his hamstring. (It’s) day-to-day, we’ll just see where he’s at, but really nothing to add from yesterday. Nothing serious, I think. Just day-to-day. “
Shurmur is close to home in Detroit, having been born in Ann Arbor, MI. Will he do anything special with family while the Giants are practicing vs. the Lions?
“Not much, really. My mom lives very close, I’ve got a brother that lives close, so we’ll find a way to share a meal. Maybe we’ll get her out here to practice tomorrow. Got a couple of aunts I want to see,” Shurmur said. “Aside from that, we’re really in training camp and just because practice is over now, we’ve got hours of meetings to go through and we want to go back and watch all the stuff we did today and make corrections and come out tomorrow.”
On having interviewed with the Giants
“I felt like if it had worked out here, I would have been excited about the opportunity,” Shurmur said. “I certainly feel great about where I’m at, I couldn’t be in a better place. I pinch myself every day being the head coach of the Giants. Having played against them for all those years in the NFC East, it’s just a proud franchise that I’m just honored to be their coach.”
On the play of rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta
“He’s done a good job and he’s consistently improved, like you see from a rookie that you have high hopes for, and you saw today he made some throws,” Shurmur said. “This will sound cliché, but it’s important for quarterbacks to get completions, and he finds a way to do that, so that’s why we’ll just see if he can keep it going.”