Training camp is finally underway for the NY Giants. After a first day that saw the Giants offense incorporating a few new tricks, fans should get excited about this season.
The Giants had one of the more exciting offseasons in the NFL this summer. Through the draft, they added several potential superstars in Alabama’s Evan Neal and Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux. Other rookies in Wan’Dale Robinson, Daniel Bellinger and Cordale Flott have also proven that they could play big roles in this upcoming season.
While the Giants didn’t make a huge splash in free agency, they added several players who will help this team be better. Their newly rebuilt offensive line, while it is headlined by young tackles, now also has Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski. Both of those guys are veteran interior blockers who have consistently proven themselves.
Now that Day 1 of training camp has passed, the Giants showed a lot of change. Through the plays showcased, this team already looks different than they did last season. While the sample size is clearly small, this team could potentially look very different this campaign.
Here are the 5 best plays from the first day of action
5. Darney Holmes interception
Cornerback Darnay Holmes intercepting a pass in the red zone could be a bigger deal than some people believe. After the departure of three key members of the secondary in James Bradberry, Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan, Holmes could be playing a much bigger role this season.
Holmes will have to help make up for all of the losses in this secondary. The gap left by Bradberry will not be easy to fill. In 117 games last season, Bradberry was a lockdown CB, all while normally guarding the opposing team’s top receiver. He finished the season with four interceptions, 17 defended passes, and 47 total tackles.
If all goes to plan, Holmes should make a monster impact this campaign. Throughout last season, Holmes played in 11 total games. He recorded one interception, two defended passes, and 29 total tackles.
Now in a bigger role with more playing time, he should see increases in all defensive stats. Success in the Giants defense could potentially rely heavily on his shoulders.