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New York Giants 2021 mini-camp, Day 3: Story lines, practice schedule, live updates

Giants take the field Thursday for final day of mandatory work

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Joe Judge speaks with wide receiver Derrick Dillon during OTAs.
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The New York Giants complete their three-day mandatory mini-camp on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Story lines

How hard will they practice?

The most difficult part of the first two days of mini-camp has been dealing with the heat. There has been no contact and little real competition. Defensive backs are shadowing receivers and not competing to break up receptions. Pass blockers and pass rushers have barely been touching each other.

Could today be an even less intense, shorter workout than the two-hour sessions held the first two days? Traditionally, that has been the case at mini-camps like this one. It is likely to be how this one unfolds, although this is our first experience with a Joe Judge mini-camp so it’s hard to be certain.

Jones-Golladay connection

We wrote on Tuesday about the work quarterback Daniel Jones and wide receiver Kenny Golladay are doing to build chemistry. That was highlighted Wednesday by a red zone drill, on air, with Jones tossing both fades and back-shoulder throws to Golladay. The best play was a one-handed Golladay catch on a back-shoulder throw. Yours truly will keep an eye on that important pair again today.

Rookie watch

Both Judge and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey have used the phrase “drinking from a firehose” when it comes to describing what a first NFL offseason is like for rookies.

On Wednesday, first-round pick Kadarius Toney had a good day. Fourth-round pick Elerson Smith was paired with Lorenzo Carter. Running back Gary Brightwell, a sixth-round pick, looked comfortable catching the ball. Undrafted free agent Brett Heggie worked as the third center.

I will continue looking for anything noteworthy from the rookie class.

Practice schedule

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Live updates