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Giants news, 10/3: Oshane Ximines on DC Patrick Graham, Darius Slayton on offense, more

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Patrick Graham’s “put it on me” is appreciated

Earlier this week, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said he is asking his young players to trust what he and his coaches are preparing them for, and not overthink situations.

“... I’m like if I tell you to play for something, if it’s something else then it’s on me. When you’re a young player and you don’t have as many years of experience or plays in this league, I’m asking them to trust me. Obviously, you go through not having a spring, a shortened training camp or no games. It’s a process to learn that trust,” Graham said. “I’m not saying the guys are out there like I don’t trust Pat. Just as a young player it’s natural that you’re thinking about all the variables. I’m saying listen, I’m anticipating this variable right here, you play for that. If something else happens, it’s on me.”

One of those young players is second-year edge defender Oshane Ximines. He said he can “definitely” appreciate Graham’s comment.

“Coach Graham comes to work every day. He puts his best foot forward every day; he gives us a coaching point on every little thing. He’s one of the first ones to always say that it’s is on me,” Ximines said. “It helps me out to know that. I’m just out there trying to play fast and do what I can to help the team.”

“Get out of our own way”

That is what wide receiver Darius Slayton believes will be the key to offensive improvement for the Giants.

“We have to be better as a whole. Obviously, we have to execute better. That’s the thought process,” Slayton said. “The encouraging thing is when you cool down and you watch film, you see things that are correctable. You see things that aren’t what the opposing team is doing but what we’re doing to ourselves that we can stop. That’s the encouraging thing. I think we’re believers that once we get out of our own way, we’ll have a chance to be pretty good.”

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