Wednesday marked the Giants’ first joint practice with the Patriots. Here are a few observations:
A ’TON OF WORK
All the wide receivers unavailable for practice — Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and John Ross — meant an extra heavy workload for Darius Slayton, who easily was Daniel Jones’ favorite target. Slayton battled through the heat and made more than his share of plays versus the Patriots’ secondary.
OUT OF RHYTHM
The starting offensive unit was shabby. There was little in the way of rhythm in the passing game. A two-minute drill was a mess — two dropped passes — and a supposedly less challenging 7-on-7 period resulted in no touchdowns. This was not pretty, at all.
CAUGHT MY EYE
Blake Martinez is a savvy guy. He waited and then made sure to jog onto the field at the same time as Mac Jones, the Patriots’ rookie quarterback. Cheers from the fans in the bleachers rang out for Jones, and Martinez playfully raised his arms to acknowledge the cheers, pretending they were for him. No wonder the Giants entrust him to run their defense.
CB Adoree’ Jackson got knocked around several times and eventually was carted off with an ankle injury. DB Madre Harper (groin) was able to work in practice. CB Josh Jackson (calf) did not participate. LB Tae Crowder was also held out, as was DT Danny Shelton, who did not play in the preseason game with the Browns. TE Kyle Rudolph came off the PUP list and worked in individual drills.
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