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Some observations from the first few days of Giants training camp

New York Giants training camp is in full swing and so far, the energy has been high. Lots of new faces in new places and plenty of jobs and roles on the line.

On Sunday, the Giants held the second of their three consecutive fully-padded workouts. Our podcast partner at The Giants Guys and co-columnist at The Giant Insider, Chris Bisignano (@GiantInsider), has been on the beat out in East Rutherford tweeting out updates all weekend and on Sunday, gave his recap of the action.

Here are his comments followed by my take on each:

“Some observations from Day 4 of camp: Donte Deayon continues to have a strong camp coming up with a beautiful interception (his second). Grant Haley had another nice day playing on the outside while William Gay continues to show his age, getting beat again deep.”

Deayon is minute in stature but he’s got heart and smarts and is all over the field. It’s been noted that could have issues lining up on the outside against the bigger wideouts, but he can get leverage, it appears. Haley, the undrafted free agent out of Penn State is also battling for a roster spot. The Giants are high on him. Gay, a 12-year veteran known as “Grandpa” by the younger defensive backs, is going to have to earn his spot, it appears, with all these young bucks stepping up in camp.

“It was veteran Mike Thomas’s day to work in with the one’s. Thomas didn’t hurt himself. OV strong camp continued as he had an interception off a deflection and penetrated numerous times in backfield. Eli Apple is having a strong camp. Numerous break-ups and strong coverage on receivers.”

Thomas is a free agent safety who is more known for his work on special teams. It will be good to see him get more reps as the Giants are searching for depth at both safety spots. OV (outside linebacker Olivier Vernon) is the talk of many of the players and coaches at camp. Being moved from defensive end to linebacker could lead to him having a career year. We’ve noted several times this summer how the switch has flipped for Apple, who new seems to be 110% committed to his craft and career.

“Jackrabbit is an athletic freak. When he’s healthy and head is right, he’s a top five corner. Amba Etta-Tawo didn’t come up with some balls that should have been caught. Odell looks great and EE (Evan Engram) is a beast at TE.”

Jackrabbit, of course, is Janoris Jenkins, the Giants’ Pro Bowl cornerback. He is coming off a rough summer in which his brother was arrested in connection with the death of a family friend at Jackrabbit’s New Jersey home. He said he hasn’t spoken to his brother and appears to be ready to move on. Etta-Tawo has been impressive by many accounts thus far. The former Syracuse prospect has been with the Giants since last season on the practice squad and is in the mix for for one of the team’s final roster spots at wide receiver.

As for Odell and Engram, well, they are primo talent and you can tell the second either walk on the field. The fact that they’re both in the same offense with the likes of Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (who has stood out as well this week) is kind of unbelievable in a way.

“Although Jon Halapio has never played center, his snaps with Eli have been smooth, not one bad exchange.”

Halapio is running with the “ones,” too. Brett Jones, who was the center for most of last season after Weston Richburg went down, by all accounts is atop the depth chart, which isn’t a bad thing. Jones played fairly well in his audition last season and if he can’t start, he will add depth to the offensive line as he can play guard as well.

“Coach Shurmur is such a communicator. He always teaching and encouraging his players. the team has really taken to him. Coach Bettcher is so impressive with his schemes….Finally, this team, from OTA’s thru the 4th day camp has not had a low energy, sloppy practice yet. It’s a credit to the intensity and concentration of the players and of course it’s leader.”

Yes, we’ve noted this several times. The adults are back in charge. Shurmur is an even-keeled guy in his mid-50’s and a former player who gets it. He is is that “CEO-type” that general manager Dave Gettleman sought out this past offseason after the last head coach (Ben McAdoo) lost control of the team.

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