The New York Giants began their final week of preseason practice on Monday. Here are some of the takeaways.
The following players did not practice on Monday:
Guard Tyre Phillips, guard Jack Anderson, wide receiver Cole Beasley, running back Gary Brightwell, tight end Tommy Sweeney, inside linebacker Cam Brown, defensive lineman Ryder Anderson, cornerback Nick McCloud, safety Jason Pinnock, cornerback Cor’Dale Flott.
Head coach Brian Daboll said Pinnock, a starting safety, is day-to-day with a leg injury.
Wide receiver Collin Johnson, out the last couple of weeks with a knee injury, was back to practice.
Second-year wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list more than a week after GM Joe Schoen indicated that Robinson seemed to be just days away from returning to practice.
Daboll said only that Robinson was “a day closer” to returning.
With each passing day, you have to wonder if Robinson, who tore his ACL in a Week 11 game last season against the Detroit Lions, will be ready for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Reports broke over the weekend that future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make his New York Jets debut in Saturday’s preseason finale against the Giants. We wondered if Rodgers playing would impact how the Giants parceled out playing time on Saturday.
Daboll had a simple answer on Monday:
Reports from East Rutherford were that the defense — particularly the defensive line — had a dominant day.
Here, from the platform formerly known as Twitter, are some posts to that effect:
#NYG 11x11 hi-lites: Hawkins INT and a PD on Hodgins; Taylor lofts TD to Shep; Ojulari sack; Thibs sack; Taylor hit extending Johnson; DeVito to juggling RJones; DeVito bomb to Sills; LWilliams & Thibs back to back sacks; McK INT of Hail Mary; Thibs another sack.— GiantsWFAN (@giantswfan) August 21, 2023
Giants D line is KILLING the O line today. Kayvon Thibodeaux & Leonard Williams sacking Daniel Jones left & right— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 21, 2023
After their 5th or 6th sack, Thibodeaux & Williams are dancing in the backfield like they’re riding horses, galloping
Williams tackles Breida and shoves him down
Leonard Williams just spent the entire practice in the Giants backfield. HUGE day. Capped it by tackling Matt Breida at LOS (not supposed to tackle) and shoving him on group afterwards.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 21, 2023
Tough day for Giants OL. Williams and Kayvon Thibodeaux feasted. Lots of sacks.
The DL is absolutely destroying the OL today. Leonard Williams is living in the backfield, Kayvon Thibodeaux has beaten Evan Neal for a few sacks.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 21, 2023