NY Giants camp: Daniel Jones, Kenny Golladay struggle, and lots of laps

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Image via The Record)
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Image via The Record) /
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Daniel Jones and Kenny Golladay continue to struggle to get on the same page as NY Giants training camp stretched into its second week, Monday

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The NY Giants’ struggles to get anything going on offense continued during a sloppy Monday training camp practice.

Kenny Golladay has struggled to get separation.

Daniel Jones has struggled with accuracy and timing with receivers.

The offensive line has struggled to all get on the field together — following Shane Lemieux’s injury last week.

But, Monday, the struggles weren’t just limited to the offensive side of the ball.

During what was a particularly strong showing by the defense — especially the secondary — NY Giants head coach Joe Judge sent the entire defense, and some coaches, running a penalty lap for a botched substitution. Jones was also sent running, as were centers Joe Looney and Nick Gates.

It was just that kind of day at NY Giants camp.

Tuesday, the intensity will get ratcheted up several notches as Camp Judge features its first fully-padded practice, but Monday’s final session of the “ramp up” period, this time in shells, was quite revealing about the state of this team five practices into the summer.

Here’s a look at key takeaways from Monday’s NY Giants training camp practice:

Daniel Jones and Kenny Golladay not on the same page

At times Monday, it seemed like prized offseason acquisition Kenny Golladay was actually practice dropping the ball against air.

Through the first five practices of training camp, it is becoming evident that Daniel Jones and Kenny Golladay are not yet on the same page. The good news for the NY Giants is, it is still early.

Still, Monday was not a strong showing by the NY Giants’ $45 million wide receiver.

Early in Monday’s practice, Golladay dropped a pass in an individual drill without a defense, and during a seven-on-seven drill, had a pass thrown over the middle bounce off the fingertips of his hand while trying to make a catch in traffic.

During the final team period of practice, Golladay tried to make a diving catch, after breaking open down the sideline against Sam Beal, but couldn’t quite reach a pass that was slightly overthrown by Jones.

Golladay finally was able to pull down a reception on a slant pattern, with Beal in coverage, late in the practice that seemed to bring. a lot of relief to the offense.

Jones and Golladay have time to get in sync prior to the regular season opener against the Denver Broncos next month, but early returns in practice haven’t been encouraging. Golladay, after dropping a pass from Jones during individual drills spent time playing catch with third-string quarterback Clayton Thorson and at one point dropped a throw from Thorson.

Early in camp, it seems Sterling Shepard has become Jones’ favorite target, but Golladay hasn’t exactly been making the most of his few targets thus far.

It’s still early, but the Jones-Golladay connection has a long way to go.