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C.J. Conrad called “Smart. Tough. Gritty.”
We have been singing the praises of undrafted free agent tight end C.J. Conrad, who is off to an excellent start in a bid to make the 53-man roster. Wednesday, I cornered tight ends coach Lunda Wells to get his thoughts on the young man.
“Coming out some may have looked at him as a blocker, but he’s a guy that is steadily improving. He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s gritty,” Wells said. “He’s a guy that understands how to take coaching and implement what you’re teaching him, so his learning curve has really excelled.”
When I spoke with Conrad, he got excited talking about blocking. Wells didn’t sound surprised.
“The blocking is his deal, and he’s kind of instinctive in the pass game. He understands zones, he understands how to work a defender and get open, work the windows in the zone and stuff,” Wells said. “He has a chance.”
A little rookie hazing
Sixth overall pick or not, Daniel Jones wasn’t going to avoid some good-natured rookie hazing. Jones said Wednesday that he has had to sing in front of veteran teammates.
“I tried, I put my best foot forward,” Jones said. “First time I sang ‘Wagon Wheel,’ but that didn’t go over great, so I tried ‘Buy You a Drank’ by T-Pain and got a little better response.”
He did not show off his singing skills for media.
There is a legitimate chance that the most skilled pass-catchers entering the season are a running back and a tight end. The team will likely lean on running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram to shoulder the load as a result of the depleted wide receiver position group.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning earned a higher passer rating when targeting tight ends (97.6) and running backs (90.4) than outside wide receivers (90.2). Barkley saw the second-most targets (118) as well as the second-highest receiving grade (86.3) in 2018.
Remaining Training Camp Schedule
Thursday, August 1 — 2:45 p.m. (Closed)
Friday, August 2 — 2:45 p.m. (Public)
Saturday, August 3 — 2:45 p.m. (Closed)
Monday, August 5 — 10:45 a.m. (Closed)
Tuesday, August 6 — 10:45 a.m. (Public)
Sunday, August 11 — 10:45 a.m. (Public)
Monday, August 12 — 10:45 a.m. (Public)
Tuesday, August 13 — 10:45 .m. (Public)
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