The NY Giants will play their final preseason game Sunday against the crosstown rival Jets. Both teams are 2-0 in the preseason and would like to cap the three-game slate on a positive note before the regular season kicks off.
The preseason finale lacks appeal from a competitive standpoint, but there’s plenty of storylines for Giants fans to look for in the game. Brian Daboll’s side is currently depleted by injuries, so avoiding any further injuries should be the main objective, but numerous roster decisions could be decided on Sunday.
Heck, the Giants still don’t know who’ll start at cornerback opposite Adoree Jackson in Week 1 and the offensive line is all kinds of banged up.
To get ready for the finale, though, the Giants hosted the Jets for a joint practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday.
Given the team’s hardly face off in the regular season, fans would definitely like to see the crosstown rivals make joint practices an annual tradition and Daboll shared his enthusiasm to make that dream a reality at his latest presser.
Brian Daboll wants NY Giants-Jets joint practices to become an annual tradition down the road.
"“I think it’s important to be able to practice with one another,” Daboll told reporters following Thursday’s practice. We’d like to do this for a while without anything happening like that again.”“I mean, down the road hopefully. It’s good to have a team right here across the way to compete against. But again, you got to do things the right way, I think. Show respect each other, work hard together to improve and play football. Not interested in going to see a UFC or boxing matches or anything like that, although I love both of those. Just good, competitive football.”"
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
While joint practices are a polarizing topic amongst NFL media and fans, they’re extremely beneficial if participating teams can avoid brawling. That’s not to say teams can’t jaw back and forth, but team-wide brawls like the one that materialized between the Rams and Bengals this week, that included Aaron Donald brandishing a helmet as a weapon, are entirely reckless and uncalled for.
Of course, the Giants and Jets re no stranger to butting heads at joint practices. It’s part of the reason the teams haven’t practiced together in 17 years before this week. Just two plays into that practice, tensions reached a boiling point. Punches were thrown and the fight took upwards of 20 minutes to break up.
As long as disasters like that are avoided, joint practices serve as a needed litmus test for teams during training camp. The offense facing the same defense and vice versa for weeks on end during training camp end can grow stale.
Practicing against another team is a great way to instill motivation and determine which players are most ready for a game setting.
The Giants and Jets being in close proximity to each other makes it a no-brainer as long as both sides are up for it.
Doesn’t seem like Daboll needs any convincing.