Saquon Barkley isn’t attending OTAs, having not signed his franchise tag tender or acquired a brand new contract but. Giants head coach Brian Daboll preemptively introduced in a gap assertion that he wouldn’t touch upon Barkley.
“That situation is going to be between Saquon and the organization,” he mentioned Thursday. “I’m not going to get into detail of any of the discussions we’ve had.”
Daboll wouldn’t even say if he expects Barkley at necessary minicamp in mid-June.
“I’m not going to get into any discussions about that,” he mentioned.
Daniel Jones mentioned he speaks to Barkley “pretty regularly” and referred to as him a “close friend,” however he additionally mentioned “that’s Saquon’s business between him and the team.”
“I hope they get something done,” Big Blue’s quarterback mentioned, who referred to as Barkley a “great teammate” and a “very important part” of what the Giants do.
PRACTICE OBSERVATIONS: ROOKIE SNAPS LIMITED
Neither first-round nook Deonte Banks or third-round receiver Jalin Hyatt labored with the first-team offense or protection on Thursday. Second-round middle John Michael Schmitz was the one one of many prime draft picks who noticed first-team work. Free agent signing Amani Oruwariye slotted at nook reverse Adoree Jackson, whereas veterans Parris Campbell, Darius Slayton and Isaiah Hodgins led the best way at receiver. It can be fascinating to see how a lot of the draft picks’ acclimation is because of physique administration and the way a lot is about playbook data. Daboll did say the younger gamers have been “behind considerably” at this stage, identical to he mentioned rookies at all times are. But he additionally referred to as this a “learning and teaching camp” and mentioned “no one is going to make the team off of performance at this camp” … Veteran Jamison Crowder made a pair catches out of the slot, together with one from Jones on the second play of 7-on-7. … Lawrence Cager noticed a whole lot of significant work at tight finish behind Darren Waller. … It looks as if the inexperienced dot on protection might be between center linebacker Jarrad Davis and free security Xavier McKinney. Multiple gamers are sporting it on protection in the intervening time. Undersized veteran security Bobby McCain lined up subsequent to McKinney. … Running again Matt Breida was the private protector on punts, the place he served as Julian Love’s backup there final season. … Thursday’s punt return group: Jaydon Mickens, Kalil Pimpleton, Darnay Holmes, rookie Eric Gray, Crowder, Jackson, Hyatt and Slayton. Mickens caught the primary punt off the foot of Jamie Gillan. … This was the primary Giants OTA follow open to the media. They will follow subsequent on Tuesday.
ATTENDANCE: WHERE’S THE D-LINE?
Outside Barkley, Thursday’s most noteworthy absences have been on the defensive position. The Giants have eight inside D-linemen, and solely three of them have been on the sphere: Ryder Anderson, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and rookie Jordon Riley. Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Vernon Butler and free agent signing A’Shawn Robinson weren’t there. D.J. Davidson was inside rehabbing. In equity, there’s a good likelihood these gamers are placing in more durable bodily work from home than they’d right here. It’s merely value noting that Williams ($32 million) carries the workforce’s highest wage cap hit, Lawrence simply obtained paid and neither are right here in the intervening time. Corner Nick McCloud additionally wasn’t on the sphere.
SILLS GOES DOWN
Wide receiver David Sills appeared to injure a left rib or his again on a tough touchdown late in follow. Sills got here down laborious on the grass after making a troublesome leaping catch simply exterior the proper sideline on a Tyrod Taylor deep bomb. Sills was in important ache and ultimately limped off underneath his personal energy. There was no replace obtainable from the workforce.
THE REHAB GROUP
Several gamers have been rehabbing on a aspect area with trainers. Daboll wouldn’t say something about their accidents or their progress. The gamers have been vast receivers Sterling Shepard, Wan’Dale Robinson and Makai Polk; safeties Jason Pinnock, Dane Belton and Trenton Thompson; nook Aaron Robinson; offensive tackles Tyre Phillips and Marcus McKethan; edge rusher Elerson Smith and inside linebacker Darrian Beavers. Davidson additionally was rehabbing inside. Phillips and Beavers labored into restricted walk-through drills later.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE SET
The Giants’ preseason dates and instances at the moment are set. They’ll go to the Detroit Lions for joint practices earlier than a street exhibition opener on Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Then they’ll host the Carolina Panthers on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. and the Jets on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.