EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when tests on rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker revealed only a sprain to his left knee. Coach Pat Shurmur said he will be “day-to-day.” Let’s look at what else happened on Monday, the second-to-last public practice for the Giants.
Did not practice
OT George Asafo Adjei (concussion)
CB DeAndre Baker (knee)
CB Sam Beal (hamstring/groin)
LB Alec Ogletree (calf)
Ryan Connelly keeps impressing
Connelly, a rookie linebacker taking first-team reps with Ogletree out, flashed into the backfield to make what would have been tackles for loss on running plays.
Connelly, a fifth-round pick, is pushing for playing time.
“He’s shown us that he belongs on the field,” Shurmur said. “He’s like any young player. When somebody goes down ahead of you, you get in there and take advantage of the reps you have.”
Darius Slayton back to work
Rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton is back to work after missing the first couple of weeks with a hamstring injury suffered during a rookies only practice the day before veteran players reported for camp.
Slayton returned punts on Monday and took a handful of reps with the offense, including one with the first team on which he caught a quick screen from Eli Manning.
Can Slayton, selected in the fifth round, make up for lost time and be an impact player at the beginning of the season? Shurmur said he “absolutely” can.
“He’s made good progress. He’s been out there the last couple of days, which is good,” Shurmur said. “He’s got plenty of time, in my mind.”
Daniel Jones on fire in the red zone
Jones’ best work of the day came when he completed three straight touchdown passes in a red zone drill. The best throw came to slot receiver T.J. Jones off a rub route. Jones squeezed the ball into the left corner and Jones made an excellent catch with Julian Love in coverage.
Jones’ other touchdown passes came to Russell Shepard and Garrett Dickerson.
Golden Tate wait drags on
The NFL still has not issued a ruling on Tate’s appeal of his four-game suspension for PED use. A decision was originally expected last Friday.
“We’re waiting, just like the rest of the world is,” Shurmur said. “Originally it was reported that it was three days (for a decision from the time the appeal is heard). It’s not three days, obviously. I think it can take as long as it needs to.”
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard continues to take 11-on-11 reps with a yellow, non-contact jersey on. And he continues to do things that a guy with a fractured left thumb probably wouldn’t normally be advised to do.
Shepard caught a couple of passes from Eli Manning — with both hands. He did, though, smartly decide not to compete for a ball down the right sideline that appeared to be underthrown by Manning and was nearly picked off by Grant Haley.
Shepard also went to the ground on an incomplete pass down the left sideline, appearing to brace his fall with only his right, healthy, hand.
Will Saquon play in preseason?
Saquon Barkley didn’t play against the New York Jets? Shurmur wouldn’t reveal whether or not Barkley would play at all in the preseason.
“He’s getting a heckuva lot of reps here in practice,” Shurmur said. “I have a plan moving forward and I’ll let it reveal itself.”
Remaining Training Camp Schedule
- Tuesday, August 13 — 10:45 a.m. (Public)