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Giants news, 7/22: Rookies might not report to training camp on Thursday

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Giants’ rookies may not report on Thursday

Giants rookies, quarterbacks and injured players had been expected to report to training camp on Thursday, but reports indicate that may not happen.

SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported that both the Giants and New York Jets have “some confusion” over COVID-19 testing protocols that were recently agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA and are awaiting clarification.

Specifically regarding the Giants, Vacchiano wrote:

“... the team hasn’t given anyone clearance to travel to New Jersey yet, according to several agents who represent Giants rookies. Until the NFL-NFLPA agreement is official, the Giants don’t want to bring players to the area, and risk them having to just wait around for the details to be finalized. They figure everyone would be safer during this pandemic waiting at their homes.

Of course, many of their players – and some rookies – are already in the New York/New Jersey area. But they will be on their own until the Giants are certain that all the details of COVID-19 testing and training camp have been worked out.

Thursday’s reporting date is only supposed to be for the first of two COVID-19 tests players must take prior to entering the team’s facility.

The other thing that could be complicating reporting dates and the beginning of player testing is the idea that teams may end up bringing 80 players to training camp instead of the traditional 90, meaning 10 players expecting to report on Thursday could instead be cut.

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Projecting the most improved player for each NFC team in 2020 analytics expert Cynthia Frelund surprisingly predicts it will be linebacker Blake Martinez.

NGS shows that, as a Packer last season, Martinez made a tackle on 15.8 percent of his snaps (third-highest rate in the NFL among those with a minimum of 500 defensive snaps). The Giants' defense, especially in the middle, will rely on Martinez's effective play, likely requiring him to make even more tackles than the Packers' defense required of him last season.

NFLPA: 59 players have tested positive for COVID-19

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