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Giants news, 5/26: OTA takeaways, Andrew Thomas, Daniel Jones, more headlines

New York Giants news for Friday

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Giants OTA takeaways: Darren Waller’s potential impact, and other things we learned on Thursday

BBV's Ed Valentine writes:

Head coach Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka must have felt like feeding the media beast. Thursday’s first play, with Waller lined up split wide right, was a deep shot to Waller down the right sideline. The veteran tight end, acquired via trade this offseason, made the catch past a stumbling Darnay Holmes.

Later in practice, Jones and Waller connected on another deep ball. This was a “50-50” ball deep down the right sideline with Waller double-covered by Holmes and Adoree’ Jackson. In truth, this was a play where the cornerbacks, with no pads on and no real incentive to make a play on the ball, didn’t really compete with Waller for the catch.

Still, the two plays illustrated some of the speed and downfield play-making ability the 30-year-old Waller brings to the Giants.

Other takeaways include Daboll staying mum on running back Saquon Barkley, David Sills, Adoree’ Jackson and Sterling Shepard.

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Other Giants observations

Deonte Banks: NY Giants rookie set to embrace any NFL challenges | The Record

Maryland cornerbacks coach Henry Baker mentioned Patrick Peterson and Xavier Rhodes when asked if Banks' skill set reminded him of any pros.

"What you'll see is, Tae moves on from one play to the next and nothing fazes him," Baker said. "He wipes his mind clean, and next snap, it's, 'Let's go.' Every tick of the clock is another chance to compete, and he never stops swinging."

Doesn't matter who you put across from him. Names don't matter. Reputations don't matter. He respects all, but you give him a look, and he'll tell you straight: 'Me versus you, bet on me, shorty’."

Scouting reports on Giants rookies: Why Jalin Hyatt may struggle to adapt to NFL | The Athletic

Hyatt was the Giants’ most polarizing pick. His production last season is undeniable, but there are questions about how that will translate to the NFL. There also questions about how he’ll handle the transition to the NFL.

“Talented athlete, obviously elite speed,” the executive said. “Questions are going to be the strength, and the kid is interesting. He’s just young, little squirrelly, maybe a little naïve. I don’t know if he totally gets it as far as being a pro.”

Evan Engram had 'best time' of his life after Giants exit

Brian Daboll's approach doesn't indicate lack of belief in Giants | New York Post

Even if Daboll is feeling bullish, he is not going to say the Giants have an “actual chance’’ to accomplish anything other than what is right in front of them in the here and now. What we know about Daboll after one season as a head coach is that he eschews the big picture. He can be playfully bland when it comes to providing colorful commentary. The bigger and broader the question, the smaller and more generic the response.

Deep Giants WR room ready to compete during OTAs | New York Daily News

Tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Parris Campbell are the obvious apparent free agency upgrades in the pass game, added to a receiving corps steadied by returning Giants Isaiah Hodgins and Darius Slayton.

A quiz before the Swifties invade MetLife

PFF Offensive Tackle Rankings: Top 32 ahead of the 2023 NFL season | PFF

4. Andrew Thomas, New York Giants. A rough rookie season has long since been forgotten about, with Thomas growing into a top-five NFL tackle in his third season in the league. We’ve seen him improve every season, both as a run blocker and a pass blocker, ranking seventh at the position with an 81.0 PFF run-blocking grade and third with an 89.9 PFF pass-blocking grade last year.

Agent's Take: Can Giants' contract impasse with Saquon Barkley be resolved? |

Mara intervening at the eleventh hour with a directive to get Barkley done if the two sides are relatively close might result in a deal. Barkley is still the face of the franchise and the focal point of the offense, although the skill position talent has improved, especially with the addition of Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller.

Around the league

Ranking NFC East positional groups: Can anyone match Eagles’ talent? | FOX Sports

'Washington Commanders' trademark denied by USPTO |

Patriots lose two OTA sessions after violating NFL offseason rules, per report |

Lions’ Jameson Williams ‘wasn’t aware’ of NFL gambling policy |

Raiders’ Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly had foot surgery in March, hasn’t practiced at OTAs |

Ravens' Lamar Jackson expects less running, more throwing |

Jets Coach Praises The Work Of Zach Wilson This Offseason |

Desmond Ridder comfortable in Falcons’ offense after his ‘head was spinning’ last offseason |

Jaguars sign kicker Brandon McManus, cut Riley Patterson | ProFootballTalk

Daniel Rooney: Steelers have 'aspirations' of playing regular-season game in Ireland |

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf resumes annual chatter of racing Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill |

PFF Wide Receiver Rankings: Top 32 ahead of the 2023 NFL season | PFF

NFL Takes Step Toward Eliminating Kickoffs With New Fair Catch Rule | The 33rd Team

DirecTV to distribute Sunday Ticket to bars and restaurants, after all | ProFootballTalk

Roger Goodell, NFL's Thursday Night Football flex is pure greed | New York Post

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