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Giants news, 6/25: Evan Engram, Xavier McKinney’s grudge, Justin Tuck, more

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Which first-round NFL picks are drawing rave reviews? What we learned about all 32 this offseason

Kadarius Toney of the Giants got mixed reviews, which is not unexpected or inaccurate.

When Toney was on the field you could see the talent that made him a first-round pick. He was explosive and has the ability to change directions and accelerate at a moment's notice. The only problem is we didn't see it often. He couldn't find a cleat that fit at rookie minicamp, skipped OTAs because his contract wasn't signed (an extremely unusual approach) and then had a family emergency during minicamp. The Giants better hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

4 Players Who Could Improve In 2021 With Better Situations | Sharp Football

Former BBV staffer Dan Pizzuta included Giants tight end Evan Engram on his list. He writes, in part:

In college, Engram was part of the new wave of speedy slot tight ends. But since he came to the NFL, Engram has mostly been saddled with coaches who believe their tight ends should run four-yard drags. On a mostly stale Giants offense under coordinator Jason Garrett in 2020, Engram spent a lot of time turning around as soon as he got off the line. ...

Engram wasn’t perfect and drops were an issue but those could also be viewed as a product of the situation. With so many targets short and over the middle, those passes came in an area where drops have the highest frequency.

Giants' Xavier McKinney says he holds grudge against Eagles over Week 17 loss that cost New York playoff spot -

Xavier McKinney has not forgotten what happened Week 17.

“It was a winnable game for them. And actually when I came home, I ain’t even watch the game because I had a feeling something like that was gonna happen — it was gonna be something weird going on. Because they had stuff going on the whole year with the whole quarterback situation ...

“I turn on the game and I start watching, and I’m like, ‘Damn, they just about to give it up.’ ... They gave it up, man,” McKinney said. “It was rough, it was rough to see it happen like that. But everything happens for a reason.”

Justin Tuck more concerned with 2021 Giants than reliving past

Justin Tuck doesn’t want to relive past glory. He wants to watch the current Giants make more of it.

“I’ve always been a guy that really never wanted to celebrate past things,” Tuck said on Wednesday during a conference call for the upcoming American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament. “I want to see my Giants win this Super Bowl and the next Super Bowl. I want to be more focused on that, to be honest with you.

“I’ll never take for granted the fact that they’re gonna put together a lot of things for us as a team. … But my message to all Giants fans and the Giants organization is, we haven’t done much since then, so let’s get back on track.”

3 NY Giants position battles that will shape training camp, 2021 season

Matt Lombardo lists nickel cornerback, slot receiver and right tackle. I will buy the first one, but not the last two.

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