Five things to look for at the Giants first padded practice

Five things to look for at the Giants first padded practice

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By Christopher Reiss August 17, 2020 0 Comment
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This entire football season has been rough not just for the New York Giants but the entire NFL. If the season were starting regularly, the Giants would have had three weeks of practice with one preseason game. Due to COVID-19, August 17 is the New York Giants’ first padded practice.

This will also be the first on-field practice that the media will get to witness for the first time in 2020.

Words from New York Giants head coach Joe Judge, “They’re going to be moving fast, we’re going to be intent, we’re going to have an intensity in how we work. When the padded practices start on Monday, it will reduce to a 90-minute practice per league rules.”

“We’re going to build everyone to make sure that now that we’re in pads, we can execute with the right fundamentals to play aggressive but safe. At all positions, receiver, d-line, it doesn’t matter. When the pads go on, you have to see intensity ramp up,” coach Joe Judge said.

Here are the five things that Giants fans need to look for during the first day of padded practice:

Will Daniel Jones make that second-year jump?

Daniel Jones is entering his second year in the NFL and already on his second offense system. With a shortened practice period and a whole new coaching staff for Jones, there will be a learning curve that he will face during the season.

Jones had a fumbling problem last season. Reports have come out saying that is what Jones focused on the most this offseason. If Jones can keep the ball in the offense’s hands more and not turn the ball over, the Giants offense could show improvement from last year.

All Giants fans want to see if Jones looks comfortable in practice and that will translate to the game field on Sundays.

Who will start across from James Bradberry?

Let’s take a step back, the Giants have their top corner in James Bradberry. Bradberry was one of the big free-agent signings this offseason. When Bradberry played for the Carolina Panthers, he would have to shadow Mike Evans from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons, and Michael Thomas from the New Orleans Saints. Bradberry was a perfect fit for the Giants but who will be on the opposite side of him?

Most of us know that DeAndre Baker was going to be in that role if it wasn’t for his actions off the field. Now the Giants have a massive hole at the CB2 spot.

Reports have come out form training camp that Corey Ballentine has shown flashes of a player that the Giants would feel comfortable putting at cornerback.

Another player to take a look at is Julian Love. Love played safety when Jabrill Peppers got injured in the back half of season last year. He played cornerback at Norte Dame and was a steal in the draft for the Giants last year.

The Giants also have Grant Haley who played in the nickel role last year. Haley is only 5’9″, so outside is not an ideal fit. But on the other hand, Haley has experience being on the field during game days.

Will the offensive line take a step up or step down from last year?

Before you answer this question remember that New York Giants lost offensive tackle Mike Remmers and center Jon Halapio due to free agency this offseason. Also, the Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder opted out of this season due to his son having cancer.

By the way, all of these players were starters last season.

The New York Giants drafted a few big players this offseason that could make a big splash for them. Of course, the Giants drafted offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. The Giants also used a third-round pick to draft another offensive tackle, Matt Peart.

They didn’t stop there either. They used a fifth-round pick on center, Shane Lemieux.

The New York Giants signed an offensive tackle that should be an immediate starter for the Giants, Cameron Fleming. The Giants also signed an extension to Nick Gates. Reports have come out saying that Gates is the ‘front runner’ to take the starting center job Week 1.

So will the Giants take a step up from last year or will they take a step down from last season? Padded practice will be a great measuring stick for the Giants regarding their potentially revamped offensive line.

Which day 3 draft selection should you listen for?

The G-Men had a bunch of day three selection this past draft but which player will help the Giants this season? There a few players that you should keep your eye out for this season.

Experts believe the Giants’ steal of the draft was fourth-round defensive back Darnay Holmes. If Holmes shows up for the Giants during full padded practice, he could be the starting corner Week 1. Holmes projects more as a nickel corner but why not try him out on the outside and see what he can do.

Another player that you should keep an eye out for is center/guard Shane Lemieux. Lemieux was the Giant’s fifth-round selection that could find his way into the starting lineup if Gates or Spencer Pulley struggle.

Lemieux does not just play center, he can play guard as well. He projects to backup is Kevin Zeitler and Will Hernandez.

The New York Giants linebacker corps has gotten better with the addition of Blake Martinez. But really after Martinez and David Mayo, the Giants do not have a clear cut third linebacker.

Ryan Connelly had some serious playing time last season before going down with an ACL tear that took him out for the rest of the season. Could one of these late-round linebackers move up the depth chart over Connelly and even Mayo? Keep your eye out for Cam Brown, Tae Crowder and Carter Coughlin.

After the Giants’ top three receivers, who do they have?

Fifth-round selection Darius Slayton had a breakout season that most did not see coming. Right after the Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, the signed an extension to Sterling Shepard and signed Golden Tate. The Giants have their top three receivers but who is next on the depth chart?

The Giants have Corey Coleman on the roster but he’s coming off an ACL tear that left him off the field for the entire season. If you are looking for NFL experience and upside, Coleman could be the fourth receiver on the depth chart. He was a former first-round pick back in 2016.

Another player that could see the field during the season is C.J. Board. If you do not know who Board is, the Giants claimed him off waivers just last week. He could be a player that could compete with Coleman to rise on the depth charts.

Lastly is Cody Core. After an uneventful first season with the Giants in 2019, this could be his opportunity to step up and make an impact.

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My name is Christopher Reiss. Im the leader writer for The NFL Wire.

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