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Giants news, 7/29: First practice, Daniel Jones, free-agent visits, more

New York Giants headlines for Thursday

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Training camp highlights

It wasn’t a full-contact practice, but the first day of Giants camp produced plenty of highlight reels for Twitter.

2021 NFL Quarterback Tiers: 50 coaches and evaluators rank the league’s starters - The Athletic

At No. 22, Daniel Jones ranks second among NFC East quarterbacks.

22. Daniel Jones

The vote distribution for Jones this year is nearly identical to the distribution last year. Then as now, voters want to know why Jones holds the ball and suffers too many turnovers (a league-high 39 over the past two seasons, in 27 games). Is he a slow processor? Does he struggle to see the field? Will he build on whatever incremental progress was made last season?

“Playing him, the thing that scares you the most about him was his ability to run with the ball,” a defensive coach said. “They were running some of the zone-read stuff, but he was running away from secondary guys. He also had the ability to throw the ball, but he was not consistent.”

“Jones’ fatal flaw has been the turnovers, but it’s because he holds the ball too long,” a defensive coach said. “That worries me all the time. Sometimes it is a product of the offense. I’m not sure that is the case there. It’s like he doesn’t see things all the time. Philly ended the game with a strip-sack, not because they got a great rush, but because he holds the ball a long time. I worry that he cannot get past that.”

A longtime offensive coach compared Jones to Dalton a decade ago. Put an excellent team around him and he’ll have a chance. Take away the above-average supporting cast, and prepare to struggle. Jones’ athleticism does separate him. He had an 80-yard run against the Eagles, punctuated by an open-field stumble.

“I think there is enough ability there,” an exec said. “You can start and win with him. He’s another guy, two different coaches, a couple of different offenses, haven’t really had a lot of weapons around him. They tried to upgrade that this offseason and they got Saquon Barkley coming back. This will be the truest evaluation of him.”

No more excuses, it’s time for Giants to be feared again - NY Post

6-10 teams aren’t often given playoff mandates, but expectations remain sky-high for Big Blue.

Giants host 2 intriguing free agents, including a productive ex-Vikings linebacker that could fix depth issue, plus a familiar face - nj.com

The Giants hosted former Minnesota linebacker Todd Davis and former Giants wide receiver Cody Core on recent free agent visits. Coincidentally, the Giants have a roster vacancy at receiver after cutting Kelvin Benjamin.

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