EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Coming off a dismal 3-13 season, the New York Giants will kick off their 2018 training camp eager to rebuild.
WHEN AND WHERE: METLIFE SPORTS COMPLEX IN EAST RUTHERFORD
The nine practice sessions open to the public will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, which is located on the MetLife Sports Complex at 1925 N Service Road, East Rutherford, New Jersey. There is no admission charge.
Here’s the complete schedule:
- Thursday, July 26, at 2:45 p.m.
- Friday, July 27, at 2:45 p.m.
- Saturday, July 28, at 2:45 p.m.
- Sunday, July 29, at 2:45 p.m.
- Monday, July 30, at 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 2:45 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 2, at 10:30 a.m.
- Friday, Aug. 3, at 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 10:30 a.m.
Gates open one hour before each practice session begins. Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields.
Parking is free and located in Lot K on the grounds of the MetLife Sports Complex. Lot K will open up for parking two hours prior to the start of practice. The parking lot will close one hour following the conclusion of practice.
A select group of veterans from past New York Giants teams will sign autographs during each practice for all fans. A listing who and when among the participants will be released on Giants.com.
Each day after practice, a rotating group of current Giants players will sign autographs for the first 400 fans age 12 and under behind the Kids’ Zone area.
The Big Blue Kids’ Zone will feature games, face painting and inflatables for kids of all ages. It will be open from when the gates open through the end of practice.
In the event of inclement weather (including rain, wind, thunderstorms or extreme heat), practices will be moved indoors and be closed to the public. Check Giants.com prior to every practice for up-to-the-minute changes in the daily practice schedule.
AP ANALYSIS: WHAT DO THE JETS NEEDS
LAST YEAR: 2017 was fiasco one year after making playoffs. Opened season with five straight losses. Injuries to WR Odell Beckham Jr. and others, poor play, suspensions and disharmony lowlighted season. It was so bad second-year coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired in early December after QB Eli Manning was benched. Team could not win close ones it won previous season in ending four-year playoff drought.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: GM Dave Gettleman, coach Pat Shurmur, defensive coordinator James Bettcher (and 3-4 defense), No. 2 overall draft pick RB Saquon Barkley, OT Nate Solder, LB Alex Ogletree, LB Kareem Martin, G Will Hernandez, and P Riley Dixon.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Brandon Marshall, LB Jonathan Casillas, LB Devon Kennard, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, G Justin Pugh, C Weston Richburg, RB Shane Vereen, P Brad Wing.
CAMP NEEDS: After winning three games, much needs to be fixed. All eyes will be on Barkley, who can be game breaker, and Beckham, who is coming off broken ankle. Giants believe 37-year-old Manning still has gas in tank and can run Shurmur’s offense, which was very successful in Minnesota. Will additions of Solder and Hernandez and switch of Ereck Flowers to RT fix bad O-line? Defense has talent with DE Olivier Vernon, S Landon Collins, DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, LBs Martin and Ogletree, and CB Janoris Jenkins. Will 3-4 bring out the best?
EXPECTATIONS: Teams generally improve with new coaching staff. That said, Giants have long way to go. Much depends on how quickly they pick up new systems. Staying healthy and happy this year will help. If Barkley lives up to expectations, Beckham bounces back, and defense clicks, Giants can make playoffs. It’s long shot, but don’t forget this franchise won 11 games in 2016.
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