The New York Football Giants. The "Fightin' Joe Judges." They're the same thing, according to GM Dave Gettleman.
Gettleman spoke to the Giants media on Wednesday via Zoom, and as always, he came with some great metaphors and pull quotes. But that new nickname for his squad is just a praise of how well he's seen his new head coach working at training camp.
"Joe and the guys are doing such a great job building the team concept," Gettleman said.
He even likened practices to that of how the Patriots conduct their training camp sessions after seeing it for himself years ago.
"People are busy. No one is standing around hanging out," Gettleman said. "And the other thing I see is the attention to detail."
It's been a point of emphasis for Judge to be extremely detailed during each session, whether it's on the field or off. And the players have been buying in to this new program and mindset that he's brought into the building in East Rutherford.
With just a couple more weeks until Opening Night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Judge, Gettleman and the rest of the team continue to work hard to be prepared for their first real competition of the new year.
Here's what else we can take away from Gettleman on Wednesday:
Being able to correctly evaluate the roster
Without preseason games this year, it is a different challenge for coaches and GMs to evaluate who should stay and who should go when cuts are made. Gettleman, though, loves Judge's style of setting up practice, which makes it so that every player is getting the necessary amount of reps to evaluate properly when cut day comes along.
"These guys have gotten a ton of reps. As we finish up, there’s plenty of film available to legitimately evaluate all these guys. Everybody’s in the same boat to a certain degree with the young players and we feel good about the work these kids put in and we’re going to be fine. There’s a challenge about it, there’s no doubt about it."
Gettleman loved what he saw from Daniel Jones
His No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft took over as the starter in Week 3 and that was the official turn of the tides for the organization at quarterback, with Eli Manning eventually calling it quits.
After a thorough look into Jones' tape, Gettleman can say proudly that the Duke product did what he wanted to see...except for that fumble problem.
"The only thing that was a little frustrating last year were the turnovers, the fumbles. He had a solid rookie year. He did things no other rookie quarterback has ever done. For some reason, I just feel like the fumbles have overshadowed all that stuff. He showed us he can come from behind and win a game. He showed he can make big throws in an overtime period. This kid accomplished a lot last year. I would never put a win-loss thing on it. For me, it’s all about Daniel improving and improving in all areas which I’m confident he will.”
Offensive line is almost where they want it to be
Gettleman made it a point to improve the offensive line, including the No. 4 overall pick used to draft Georgia T Andrew Thomas. It's a group that is full of veterans and young players alike, and Gettleman is happy with their makeup entering the season.
"Closest we’ve ever been. And I feel like we got the right guys. They just have to learn to play together. And they got to grow up. We got puppies. We got Andrew who’s never played an NFL snap at an important position. So we’ve got some youth and they got to learn to play together.”
Dealing without fans vs. teams that will
The Dallas Cowboys will have fans this season at AT&T Stadium. MetLife Stadium will not. So how does Judge and his crew balance out that?
Bring your own energy.
"I know that they’re going to have to bring their own energy. For us, we’re not going to have fans initially. When we got to Dallas, they are going to have fans. You can’t look at it as “oh, woe is me.’
“If you’re up in the morning and you want to play golf and it’s raining, you play golf.”