And after four days of training camp practice, the New York Giants shall rest. With players having their mandated off day on Monday, let’s assess how things have gone thus far with a little “stock up, stock down” report.
Corey Ballentine — There are two reasons Ballentine is here. First, he was impressive on Sunday when he met the media for the first time since the shooting that took the life of his friend, Dwane Simmons. Second, he does appear to be settling in as a player. Ballentine also got reps Sunday returning kickoffs, something he did at Washburn.
Lorenzo Carter — The second-year edge player has had an excellent start to camp. The Giants need that to carry into the regular season.
Mike Remmers — He’s practiced fully every day after having offseason back surgery. That’s good enough to put him on this list.
Tae Davis — With the amount of first-team reps he has been getting, it looks like the Giants have big plans for him.
Alonzo Russell — If there is one bottom of the roster wide receiver who has taken advantage of the opportunity the rash of injuries has created, it’s been Russell.
C.J. Conrad — The UDFA tight end makes a couple of impressive plays every day. And he says blocking is what he really believes is his strength, something really hard to judge thus far.
Daniel Jones — The rookie quarterback has yet to do anything, on the field or off, that makes you shake your head and wonder “why did they draft that guy sixth overall?” He hasn’t been perfect, but he’s made some big-time throws the first four days of camp. It looks like professional football when he’s taking snaps, and he looks anything but overwhelmed.
Sterling Shepard — Yes, he’s hurt. You would think that would make him a “stock down.” What he’s done since fracturing his thumb — leading by the example of continuing to practice to whatever extent he can, puts him on this side of the ledger.
T.J. Jones, Amba Etta-Tawo, Da’Mari Scott — Why? Well, because none of them had NFL jobs on Thursday. They do now.
Golden Tate — C’mon, Golden! You’ve been in the league way too long to make a dumb mistake like that.
Corey Coleman — This is a Captain Obvious one, I know. Coleman’s season is already over.
Mark McLaurin — Another player who has already seen his season end. As I write this the Giants have yet put McLaurin on season-ending IR, but with a broken foot that’s where he’s headed.
Sam Beal — Missed all of last year with a shoulder injury. Has obviously been bumped to second team behind DeAndre Baker after getting some first-team burn in the spring. Now, Beal is out with both hamstring and groin issues.
Darius Slayton — After an impressive spring there was a lot of optimism about what Slayton might bring to the offense in 2019. The fifth-round pick has yet to practice due to a hamstring injury — at a time when there are reps to be had and the Giants are looking for wide receivers to step forward.