Daniel Jones should consider yelling “Surprise!” after the next pass, he hits the sideline in tight cover.
Jones spent most of his rookie season with the Giants forcing a rewrite of the many pre-draft scout reports questioning the arm strength he showed Duke. And he continues to turn heads even as he learns of a new offense.
“I worked with him when he was in the draft when I was at a different location, and [his arm] looked good, ”said Giants quarterback coach Jerry Schuplinski, who was with the Miami Dolphins last season. “It seems even stronger now. I don’t know if that speaks to his work during the offseason and what he did.
6-foot-5, 229-pound Jones added about 8 to 9 pounds of muscle to his lower body this offseason. Arm strength – a reference to the zipper, not the distance a quarterback throws – usually doesn’t improve drastically throughout an NFL career.
“I haven’t seen a lot of this,” Schuplinski said. “It usually speeds up their release. As they continue to build good fundamentals, involve their hips and lower body, it might increase them a bit. It was something that opened my eyes a bit, working with him in the field.
Jones overcame a slow start in Friday’s intra-team scrum to complete 16 of 27 passes, with two touchdowns and one interception.
“He did a good job sticking to the plan and kept doing the right things,” said Schuplinski. “I like what I saw of him.
Coach Joe Judge’s philosophy that practice should mimic a game extends to training camp fights, typically caused by body kicks in the pads as the summer heat subsides. Look no further than the Jets on Sunday.
“We’re not going to practice anything that we’re not going to do in a game,” Judge said. “You have the flexibility to play as loud as you want between the whistles. We’re going to play bad, but we’re not going to play dirty. “
The penalty for fighting will be greater than running a lap.
“If you’re going to be kicked out in a game,” the judge said, “you’re going to be kicked out of practice.”
The Giants held a light guided tour on Sunday.
Inside linebacker Ryan Connelly, fullback Eli Penny and cornerback Prince Smith practiced sideways, while goalie Xavier McKinney and wide receiver Corey Coleman participated after resting in Friday’s scrum. .
Connelly is coming off a torn ACL and his starting spot is not guaranteed with the rise of Devante Downs.
“We had several players that we handled a little differently today,” said Judge. “We have come out of a long, difficult week and a tough scrum. We gave them a day off [Saturday]. Today was truly a day to mentally take a step forward and physically put our bodies back in order.