None of Daniel Jones’ presumptive top receivers were on the field to catch his passes at Thursday’s third OTA practice.
Rookie Kadarius Toney and veteran Kenny Golladay, two players with extensive injury histories, wore red jerseys and did not practice for undisclosed reasons. Sterling Shepard (torn Achilles) also was in a red jersey as he continues rehabbing.
Head coach Brian Daboll said “some” of the players in red jerseys were “rehabbing” but he wasn’t going to “get into the specifics” about Toney and Golladay.
Toney didn’t report to the Giants’ facility this offseason until late April, after the Daily News reported that the team was exploring trading him. If he’s injured, the team hasn’t disclosed it.
He caught passes off the JUGS machine for a few minutes before practice, and that was about it.
“I think that [Toney] was in good shape [when he first reported], but obviously he’s not running around full speed right now, so it would be difficult to judge exactly where he’s at right now,” wide receivers coach Mike Groh said. “But he’ll be ready to go … Mentally I don’t have any concerns with where he’s at.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said Toney has been “really attentive in meetings” and is a “dynamic player.”
“He’s one of those guys that you look for to make plays for us,” Kafka said.
Jones, speaking for himself as the Giants’ quarterback, called the month of May “an important part of the offseason, starting off our OTA practices.
“They’re valuable opportunities you can’t afford to miss out on,” he said.
“You’d prefer that they’d be out there,” Groh said of Golladay and Toney, “but we’re doing things with them without getting the full speed reps. Feel really good about the progress they’ve made.”
Rookie wideout Wan’Dale Robinson also was absent because he was attending “a mandatory NFL rookie symposium,” Daboll said. Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones were excused from practice for personal reasons.
THE PRACTICE REPORT
Starting left tackle Andrew Thomas (left ankle surgery) also wore a red jersey and did not practice until a late special teams period … Safety Julian Love intercepted Jones during the 11-on-11 team period and continues to assert himself as a leader. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s voted a captain … Tyrod Taylor made a beautiful throw down the left sideline to wideouts Robert Foster. C.J. Board had several catches, too … No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux was checked by a trainer late in practice in the quad/groin/hip area, The Athletic observed. He remained on the sideline. Earlier, Thibodeaux recorded what would have been a sack on Jones, bursting into the backfield unblocked off the defense’s right edge … Blake Martinez (torn ACL) was a full participant in the jog-through portion of practice on the field in the middle of the defense wearing a red jersey. He didn’t participate in the live 11-on-11 portion, but he was moving well, which is an encouraging sign for the fall … Corner Jarren Williams is lining up as a reserve free safety on defense.
Some players wearing red jerseys still practiced, like Martinez, LB Cam Brown, WR Richie James, WR Austin Proehl. Others didn’t, or did very little: Toney, Golladay, Shepard, Thomas, C Nick Gates (leg fracture), OT Matt Peart (ACL), WR Collin Johnson, CB Rodarius Williams, LB TJ Brunson, LB Quincy Roche and OL Jamil Douglas.
Leonard Williams said Wednesday’s four player cuts, to make room for four new players, was “definitely eye-opening for a lot of the guys in the locker room.”
“Yesterday, we had a bunch of new people come in and people leave and people are like, wow, week one [of the offseason] it’s already happening,” he said.
Williams said maybe he’s just “getting numb” to it because he knows that’s the business. Still, that’s a good glimpse at some player perspective on the constant roster turnover.
AZEEZ TIPS THE SCALE
Second-year edge rusher Azeez Ojulari was noticeably bulked up and revealed that he’s gained about 10 pounds to 255 through his offseason training.
“I just felt like trying to improve my game, my weight to just hold up. I just feel good. Just wanted to get bigger,” he said.
A ‘DIRTBAG’ AT CENTER
Offensive line coach Bobby Johnson’s nickname for center Jon Feliciano is “Dirtbag.” And it’s a term of endearment:
“He plays with an edge that you want everyone to have,” Johnson said of Feliciano, whom he coached in Buffalo. “I jokingly, when I write the depth chart every day on the board, I write the nicknames and his is “Dirtbag.’ That’s how he plays. Not in an illegal fashion, but he plays the game on the edge.
“And you have to have that,” Johnson said. “And sometimes if you don’t have that in each guy, you have to develop that kind of attitude in the room. And Jon plays that way. Mark Glowisnki plays that way. I think we have other guys that will play that way. And they’ll find from me as their coach, if they don’t play that way, they will not play.”
SCHOEN ADDS ANOTHER CB
The Giants signed former Eagles and Jaguars corner Michael Jaquet III on Thursday, continuing to throw bodies at their thin secondary. Jacquet, 25, played 142 snaps at outside corner for Philly as a rookie in 2020. The team also signed its seventh of 11 draft picks: third-round LSU corner Cor’Dale Flott. The Giants waived undrafted rookie DT Antonio Valentino, as well.
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