NY Giants training camp: Daniel Jones, offense shine before punches fly

Quarterback Daniel Jones, is shown in East Rutherford, during Giants practice. Wednesday, July 28, 2021Giants
Quarterback Daniel Jones, is shown in East Rutherford, during Giants practice. Wednesday, July 28, 2021Giants /
1 of 5

Daniel Jones and the offense had their best practice of NY Giants training camp, but a Kenny Golladay injury and brawl stole the show

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — This was what the NY Giants hoped to see from Daniel Jones in his third NFL season.

Tuesday’s practice was the first in full pads for the Giants during this summer’s training camp, and it was far and away Jones’ most impressive.

During a full-team 11-on-11 period, Jones didn’t toss an incompletion. Earlier, Jones made a really athletic throw on the run, before throwing across his body to tight end Evan Engram, who made a nice catch in traffic.

Jones wasn’t the only offensive player to standout, as after fumbling on the first snap of 11-on-11 drills, running back Devontae Booker had a really nice run.

Once again, wide receiver Sterling Shepard rose above the rest of the receiving corps, making some nice receptions and runs after the catch on rocket-screens from Jones along the perimeter.

The NY Giants are betting this season on Jones making a major leap in his third season, especially after investing in adding wide receiver Kenny Golladay, first-round pick Kadarius Toney, and the anticipated return of star running back Saquon Barkley to Jones’ supporting cast. This was the first time this summer that the offense seemed to have a rhythm.

Jones looked unflappable out there throughout the practice.

Unfortunately for Jones, the practice was cut short by a full-team brawl — more on that later, but this was the type of session that if built on throughout the rest of the summer could set the stage for a breakout campaign for the young quarterback.

Here are six key takeaways from Tuesday’s NY Giants training camp practice:

Kenny Golladay leaves with an injury

While the NY Giants’ offense very clearly won the day, it wasn’t all good news.

During the first play of a seven-on-seven period, Jones hit Golladay with a perfectly thrown pass in traffic, but just as linebacker Tae Crowder stripped the ball away Golladay immediately grabbed his hamstring before hobbling off the field and seeking attention from the medical staff.

Golladay walked back inside shortly thereafter with a team trainer.

The injury is unfortunate on multiple fronts; of course, of Golladay is forced to miss any significant time, that is a significant blow to what the NY Giants have designs on becoming offensively this season. But, Tuesday it seemed Jones and Golladay were beginning to build some chemistry, which clearly has been lacking through the first week of camp.

Any missed practice time for the quarterback-receiver duo could hamper that.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there is no update on Golladay’s injury.