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OTA Report: Notes & observations from sideline | Giants.com
The Giants website gave a recap of the teams seventh OTA at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday, returning to a lot of red zone work in this OTA.
The offense managed four straight touchdowns in the early 7-on-7 period. Daniel Jones started and ended the day with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. Jones also threw touchdowns to tight end Darren Waller (twice) and wide receivers Parris Campbell, Jamison Crowder, and Darius Slayton.
Crowder caught two more touchdowns from backup Tyrod Taylor, who also connected with Kalil Pimpleton and twice with Collin Johnson for scores.
Bobby Okereke reportedly had a strong day roving the middle of the field and got his hands on two passes. Micah McFadden managed an interception as well, coming up with a short pass just beyond the line of scrimmage. Darnay Holmes had an interception, showing excellent concentration to bring in a bobbled ball to secure the pick.
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What head coach Brian Daboll is facing is that the New York Giants are not sneaking up on anybody. They’re expected to win in a market that has very little patience for not winning once the bar is set.
The good news is the Philadelphia Eagles have some issues with losing both coordinators. Who knows what’s going to happen with the Washington Commanders? And the Dallas Cowboys always have high expectations, but you never know where they’re going to fall on the consistency spectrum.
Perhaps it was just the photography angle, the precise overlap of Daniel Bellinger’s flexed arms making a catch and a camera’s snapped lens during a recent Giants OTA session. Or maybe Bellinger put an extra emphasis on arm workouts this offseason.
The tight end’s biceps appeared significantly larger than last season in a photo posted by the Giants on Friday, prompting some jokes and photos comparing Bellinger to his rookie OTAs on social media
And The Record’s Art Stapleton for the win on Twitter
Hearing Bellinger was bitten by radioactive spider in recent trip to NYC museum. Waiting to confirm. https://t.co/RcFhQeDY0Y— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) June 2, 2023
The former Giant said Jones is “definitely” in the top 10 in the NFL at his position, and is the best in the NFC behind only an MVP candidate within his division.
“I’m giving you Jalen Hurts…he’s better than Derek Carr, he’s better than Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, who is about done at this point in his career. Jordan Love, Dak Prescott, Justin Fields, Bryce Young, Kyler Murray, Desmond Ridder. There’s one quarterback I would maybe take over him. He’s the second best quarterback in the NFC.”
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Jones did not take many deep shots last season (23 attempts; tied for second-to-last) because Darius Slayton was his only trusted downfield target (91.9). They sought to address that issue in the off-season by trading for Darren Waller, and drafting Jalin Hyatt (92.3). Hyatt led Power Five receivers in deep yards (677) and touchdowns (eight) last season. Waller ranks top five among tight ends in deep receiving grade (92.8) and yards (652) since 2019.
Sports Illustrated’s Gilberto Manzano compiled a list of the top 10 tight ends in the NFL, where Waller came in at No. 4.
“When he’s healthy, Waller is a matchup nightmare and might be as good of a pass catcher as the top two tight ends on this list. Also, a fresh start with the Giants might help Waller regain his dominant form from his 2019 and ‘20 seasons. (He averaged 98.5 receptions and 1,170 receiving yards during that time.) Derek Carr benefited from Waller’s presence during their time together with the Raiders. Now Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will have the luxury of throwing to the 6’6”, 255-pound Waller.”
How do Travon Walker, Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux stack up after one season? | The Athletic
The Athletic's Diante Lee goes back over the trio to see which one has the highest ceiling.
That leaves Thibodeaux, whom I still consider the most promising edge rusher of these three. His growth as a run defender was a surprising development over the second half of the season, and he’s close to breaking out as a pass rusher with the right combination of speed and power to keep tackles off balance. He’s not finishing as often as you’d want — that dogged him at Oregon, too — but the sack numbers belie a legitimately well-rounded defender.
There’s plenty of defensive line talent around him to create opportunities, so I’m anxious to see if Thibodeaux can finally put it all together and affect the game even more significantly. If any one of these guys is to become a multiple-time Pro Bowl or All-Pro talent, I’d bet on Thibodeaux — same as I would have in 2022.
The Giants' Kayvon Thibodeaux is now a minority owner of the New York Warriors T10 pro cricket team. “You see all these billionaires and people who have done well for themselves,” he says, “it always stemmed from thinking outside the box.”
Trading RB Saquon Barkley is a move that New York should heavily consider, according to B/R's Kristopher Knox.
Barkley is set to play on the franchise tag this season, and there's no guarantee that the Giants can keep him beyond 2023. The timing is also right for a trade, since Barkley proved that he is again healthy and a top-tier talent this past season.
Based on his 2022 performance, Barkley might yield a solid trade package now. The Panthers got 2023 second-, third- and fourth-round picks plus a 2024 fifth-rounder for Christian McCaffrey in October—though, McCaffrey is under contract through 2025.
CBS Sports insider Josina Anderson reports that Frazier is meeting with the Giants on Monday and that visit will likely carry over into Tuesday. This comes after an initial dialog at the NFL’s recent Coach Accelerator Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Frazier is no stranger to GM Joe Schoen or head coach Brian Daboll having spent the previous six years of his career with the Buffalo Bills, first as the assistant head coach and, more recently, as the assistant head coach.
The Giants had a lot of attrition in their secondary last season — specifically at cornerback.
Aaron Robinson was supposed to be their No. 2 outside corner, but he wound playing just two games, largely because of a knee injury. And then No. 1 corner Adoree’ Jackson got hurt while returning a punt, so he missed the final seven regular season games.
A worthy exercise the last time the Jets and Giants met in the regular season was trying to build one viable playoff contender from two bad rosters. Well, that has changed going into 2023.
According to Forbes, which compiled the top 25 most profitable sports franchises over the last three years from the NFL, MLP, NBA, NHL, and professional soccer, the Giants ranked ninth in terms of profit with an estimated $333 million.
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