Though Wednesday’s training camp was closed to the general public, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and QB Daniel Jones took to the podium.
Here are some of their noteworthy insights:
Shurmur on Corey Ballentine’s progress
“I think he’s getting better. Yesterday, he made a really good play on the seam. That’s what you expect, you get your hands on the ball and finish it like he did. That was excellent, that was a terrific play. He’s definitely, definitely making progress and doing more good things than bad.”
Shurmur was referring to a two-handed interception that Ballentine made during Tuesday’s drills. It was his second pick of camp, and the first one thrown by Jones. Ballentine is certainly a fan favorite to win a job out of camp, and he’s already making a great first impression to his new coaches and teammates.
Daniel Jones on Eli Manning’s guidance
“Eli has been extremely helpful to me. Just being able to watch him prepare. Any question I’ve had or any question I’ve asked, he’s been more than helpful with me and answering that. I think whenever anything comes up, it’s easy to ask him and get a full explanation. For me, it’s been a great way to learn so far.”
Manning noted that he isn’t on the Giants to solely by Jones’ mentor, but the Duke product is already taking advantage of Manning’s experience when trying to learn the offense.
Dexter Lawrence pushing Jones to be better
“Dexter’s funny,” Jones said with a laugh. “He’s had a really good camp so far. It’s fun watching him play, you can see it. You can tell he’s getting more comfortable and figuring out the defense. It’s not fun to play against, but it’s fun to watch him and how well he’s playing.”
Jones mentioned that Lawrence, the Giant’s No. 17 pick, tried to rile him up in Tuesday’s camp during and after plays. Many reporters asked Jones about his seemingly quiet demeanor, though he was quick to remind them that he takes pride in his self control on the field.
Jones on the challenges of training camp
“As we’ve gotten a little further into camp, the defense is getting different looks and a lot of things I haven’t seen before. You’re playing against NFL D, who can do a lot of different things. It’s about seeing and understanding defenses quickly. Anytime we turn it over in the red zone, it’s a costly mistake. I think (in) those situations there’s a lot to learn from them.”
Jones was referring to the interception he threw to Ballentine during Tuesday’s camp.