Several NFL teams had their practices impacted on Sunday an an apparent rash of false positive COVID-19 tests. The New York Giants were apparently among teams with false positives, but Sunday re-tests cleared those who had tested positive to practice.
Per source, the Giants are another team hit with false positives from Saturday, due to the lab in New Jersey. They had guys take rapid tests this AM, and all passed that test.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 23, 2020
So on the list: Patriots, Jets, Giants, Bills, Browns, Lions, Bears, Vikings, Packers, Steelers. https://t.co/eQDA51HOkV
Breer has since clarified that no Giants players had false positives.
To clarify on this: The Giants' false-positives weren't players. It was a few staffers, and the team had those staffers stay home today.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 23, 2020
Same issue though, with the lab in New Jersey. https://t.co/gMLfwFEWtP
The NFL released the following statement:
A statement from the NFL on a setback with COVID testing: pic.twitter.com/ZKgzfwe64R— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2020
Giants coach Joe Judge said only that “We have confidence in what’s going on and what the league has in place.”
Daniel Jones’ arm surprises Schuplinski
Giants’ quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski said Sunday that Daniel Jones appears to have more arm strength than he remembers from watching him prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.
“I have noticed his arm looks strong to me,” Schuplinski said on Sunday. “Did some work with him when he was coming out of the draft and it looked good. It looks even stronger now. I don’t know if that’s a testament to his work and what he’s been doing, but that’s one thing that jumped out to me.”
Judge: No fighting
Judge wants physicality at practice. He isn’t, though, putting up with any fighting should it occur.
“If you fight in a game, you get penalized and get ejected. We’ll play nasty, not dirty,” Judge said. “If you get thrown out for fighting in a game, you can get kicked out of practice.”
Protecting Evan Engram
Giants’ tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens was asked on sunday if the Giants would do anything to try to protect Evan Engram, who has suffered a number of injuries during his first three NFL seasons. It sounds like they won’t, with Kitchens saying they won’t “live in fear.”
“Football’s a physical game played by physical people. It’s a tough game played by tough people,” Kitchens said. “Every day we’re going to put Evan in the situations that are best for the team.”
Bielema: Cam Brown adjusting
Outside linebackers coach Bret Bielema said Sunday that the Giants are asking sixth-round pick Cam Brown to play a role he didn’t have at Penn State.
“He’s doing some things here he’s never really done before,” Bielema said. “He played a little bit more in space off the line of scrimmage and here at the New York Giants we put him on the line of scrimmage.
“He’s been awesome. Every day he moves forward.”
The Giants held what those on the scene called a “light” practice. Here is the list of players held out:
LB Ryan Connelly, who was held out of Friday’s scrimmage, was on the side again today. FB Eli Penny and CB Prince Smith were also on the side. WR Corey Coleman and S Xavier McKinney were back for a light practice (helmets only) after sitting out Friday.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 23, 2020
Monday media and practice schedule
Defensive line coach Sean Spencer – 8:45 a.m.
Wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert – 9 a.m.
Inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer – 9:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Practice
Approx. 11:50 p.m. – Head coach Joe Judge available
Approx. 12:25 p.m. – Player interviews