Quarterbacks ruled the day on Thursday at the New York Giants training camp at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center.
After Wednesday’s spirited session, head coach Pat Shurmur elected to have his players in shells as opposed to full pads. Despite that, Thursday’s practice had all the energy of the previous day.
Daniel Jones threw perhaps the Giants’ best pass of the summer. He hit Paul Perkins down the sideline for a long touchdown over linebacker Jonathan Anderson, showcasing his ability to throw the ball deep. Jones also threw a perfect pass to TJ Jones over the head of Julian Love despite almost getting sacked by Avery Moss.
Eli Manning and Alex Tanney also shined on Thursday. Manning was crisp and accurate throwing the short and intermediate routes. Tanney connected with undrafted C.J. Conrad for a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone during 7-on-7s.
The defense had standouts in Thursday’s practice as well.
Dexter Lawrence is making a name for himself relatively quickly. He chased down a wide receiver screen to Amba Etta-Tawo near the sideline, showcasing remarkable speed for 6-feet-4, 342 pounds. Lawrence was also able to hold his own against Kevin Zeitler in one of the more competitive battles of offensive-defensive 1-on-1s. Lawrence was able to knock Zeitler backwards but Zeitler was able to halt Lawrence’s momentum.
Corey Ballentine, who took reps with the second team because Sam Beal missed practice, stripped a Rod Smith reception that was recovered by Anderson. Lorenzo Carter got the best of Chad Wheeler when he went for the edge and was able to knock Wheeler’s hand off him with a swipe.
The undrafted Jake Ceresna also turned heads with the third by getting into the backfield and disrupting passes. Ceresna was mostly against Austin Droogsma, a former LSU shot putter who didn’t play college football, but still had good enough a practice to see what he will do when the Giants begin their preseason schedule in seven days.