Brian Dabol preaches patience in evaluating Giants offense and Daniel Jones – The Mercury News

Daniel Jones delivered touchdown strikes to receivers Van’Dell Robinson and Kenny Gollade on Saturday, and head coach Brian Daboll said it was too early to make a definitive decision on when to enter the Giants’ training camp’s fourth practice.

“We are in the third day without any pads,” Dabol said. “So we got a long time to evaluate here… Three days’ practice, we will give these people some time here.”

Dabol’s message was clear: He sees these early practices as situational tests to lay a foundation for what the Giants will do on the field in Week 1 in Tennessee.

He doesn’t expect it to be perfect, so he isn’t overreacting to the offense’s slow start. It looks like the goal is still to give Jones the best chance to succeed when the lights turn bright against the Titans and beyond.

“There’s a lot of different things that happened yesterday, like a lot of good things: Hot, Breaking Roots,” Dabol said. “Was there some miscommunication? Absolutely. For some of those guys, it’s the first time in this offense where they’re practicing with Daniels. This is their third practice. So we kind of day by day.” Get better every day, think positive, and improve the things you need to fix.”

It is only fair for Jones to be patient for the Giants.

He has a new offensive line, a new playbook and hasn’t gotten to throw most of his top receivers in live practice throughout the spring. Also on Saturday, after three full drills to open the camp, Kadarius Toni’s workload was dialed back.

Tony, who had an off-season knee procedure, did not play a single pass in 11-on-11 practice.

Still, Dabol’s urgency is undoubtedly growing as the Giants head towards their first practice in the pads on Monday.

The first-year coach was excited about the replacement issue for the second day in a row, this time on defence. He was annoyed by edge Oshane Zimines for slamming into Jones at the rushing pass quickly, creating dangerous traffic at the quarterback’s feet.

The offensive line struggled badly with center John Feliciano sidelined for the second straight day, which Dabol called “warmth and hydration”.

With Jamil Douglas struggling as Feliciano’s fill-in, Dabol tried to move left guard Shane Lemieux to center for a few snaps, with rookie Josh Ezudu plugged into left guard.

This led to the first real dust-up of the Giants’ training camp, with Lemieux, defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams, and right guard Mark Glowinsky in a pile near the goal line.

“Yes,” said Lemieux with a grin. “I was playing center. It was hot. We’re competing.”

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Defense continued to make impressive takeaways. Rookie safety Dan Belton leapt to Jones in the end zone on a pass for David Sills, and corner Darne Holmes snatched Saxon Barkley for a fumble that Julian Love came back for a TD. Barkley also had a ruckus in the camp after it was taken out by Blake Martinez and Jihad Ward, which officials liberally called incomplete… Rookie Corner Cor’del Float 11-on-11 after the first three days of practice. Representative not accepted. Similar to Tony, this seemed to be part of a plan to temporarily dial back his workload… with tight end Ricky Seals-Jones Feliciano sidelined for the second straight day… everyone else practiced. Inside backer Darien Beavers, who rested on Friday, took heavy photos next to Tae Crowder and gave Martinez a lighter day… the Giants tried to run back Devonte Booker on Friday. They cut him in March and saved $2.1 million on a salary cap, but Booker was his best performance last season, and he still needs a back who can defend on this roster.


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