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As the Giants hit the field for the first time in training camp, BBV's Ed Valentine projects what the 53 man roster will look like against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 10.
Instead of focusing on which players are on the squad, two numbers stand out from Valentine's forecast: the Giants will open with seven wide receivers and equal number (five) of players in each defensive positional room.
The most notable name to not make the team? CB Darnay Holmes.
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B/R has the Giants having the third best coaching staff in the league.
Brian Daboll may be new to head coaching, but he’s already proving to be one of the best in the business at performing the role. Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka revitalized the 2019 No. 6 overall pick’s career, resulting in Jones earning a massive four-year, $160 contract extension in free agency.
One of the more underrated personnel moves of the 2022 offseason was New York’s tapping of Wink Martindale to take over the defensive coordinator job. Martindale helped improve New York from the No. 23 defense in 2021 to No. 18 in 2022, a promising showing with plenty of room to improve this coming season.
The field is set for today’s first practice
After being one of the most turnover-prone quarterbacks in the league, Daniel Jones turned the ball over just eight times in 2022. However, he was 15th in the league in passing yards and threw just 15 touchdowns. He also only threw the ball more than 20 yards downfield 26 times all season which ranked 34th in the NFL, per PFF. So while it was great that he protected the ball, it goes to show why teams like Buffalo and Kansas City are willing to live with a few extra interceptions because their quarterbacks are going to make a handful of ridiculous throws each week that keep them in games, or just outright win games all together.
Jones’ interception percentage of 1.1 (five interceptions in 472 attempts) was the lowest in the league. The Giants should be able to afford a few more interceptions in exchange for a significant rise in touchdowns.
Jones’ average depth of target last season was 6.42 yards; only Matt Ryan with the Colts threw shorter passes more frequently. Jones threw passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage 75.6 percent of the time; only Ryan and Matthew Stafford of the Rams were higher.
Fist bumps all around as the Giants players arrive at camp
Top 10 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates in 2023: Bijan Robinson, Bryce Young lead the pack | NFL.com
Lance Zierlein ranks his top 10 candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2023. At No. 9 was third round pick Jaylin Wyatt
According to Pro Football Focus, Daniel Jones was next to last in average depth of passing targets last season, but that should change with Jaylin Hyatt on the field. The third-round pick brings premium deep speed and home-run ability to the Giants’ offense, and he’ll almost certainly have some eye-catching games as a rookie. However, he’s unlikely to be a high- or even mid-volume option, so that’s why he’s considered a bit of a long shot for the OROY award.
The Post's Mark Vaccaro writes the biggest benefit from the Giants and their star running back reaching a deal.
If there is any lingering, sedimentary resentment or anger for the way these contract negotiations with the Giants went ..those things will remain buried deep inside Barkley, and will never be seen publicly. That’s who Barkley has always been. That’s who he is.
Barkley’s immediate presence at training camp means that one potential daily distraction — his absence — is off the table as the Giants begin to prepare for their season opener against the Cowboys Sept. 10. It means that the program Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll have put in place will be allowed to sail smoothly, from Day 1, without the perpetual cloud of Barkley’s status hovering above everything.
A federal judge said Tuesday that she’s not changing her decision to let NFL coach Brian Flores put the league and three of its teams on trial over his claims that he and other Black coaches face discrimination.
Judge Valerie Caproni ruled that claims by two coaches who joined the lawsuit after it was filed early last year must proceed to arbitration, while Flores can proceed to trial with his claims against the league and the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Houston Texans.
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