Giants training camp: 10 takeaways from Day 9

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After a brief day off following Friday night’s Fan Fest scrimmage, the New York Giants were back on the practice field at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Sunday.

Things kicked off with an early morning press conference featuring head coach Brian Daboll. He recapped the first two weeks of camp and gave an outlook on what’s ahead, including coordinator and assistant coach availability next week.

Here are 10 quick takeaways from practice No. 9 on Sunday.

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Full roster vs. Patriots

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Under Joe Judge a year ago, the Giants used their roster sparing throughout the preseason but that will not be the case under Daboll. He believes it’s important for healthy players to get into regular season habits early.

Daboll also believes a key to success is having his players up to speed and their bodies adjusted to the physicality of the game. Accordingly, the entirety of the team’s roster will see action against the New England Patriots next week. Provided, of course, the players are healthy.

Daboll did not indicate how long the starters would play, but expect them to see significant time on the field.

OL depth an issue

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The Giants have likely lost Matt Gono to a career-ending neck injury and did lose rookie Marcus McKethan for the season due to a torn ACL. With Nick Gates and Matt Peart still working their way back, that leaves the team dangerously thin across the offensive line.

Daboll recognizes that and so does general manager Joe Schoen. For that reason, additional signings should be expected.

Health an early-season key

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Although Daboll plans to use all of his healthy players throughout the preseason, he also recognizes the importance of heading into the regular season with a full deck.

Using GPS, advanced analytics and sports science, Daboll has learned that early-season success usually follows early-season health. It’s something that was proven in Buffalo.

Daboll and Schoen have placed an emphasis on curing the Giants of their recent historical injury woes and are off to a decent start thus far.

Giants still 'far off'

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As excited and optimistic as some may be about the Giants, Daboll realizes that the team is still a long, long way off from where they need to be.

Both offensively and defensively (as well as special teams), there’s a lot of growth that needs to take place over the next four weeks.

Andre Patterson returning "soon"

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Defensive line coach Andre Patterson has been away from the team for much of training camp. It was revealed last week that he was dealing with a medical issue and would not return until that situation had been resolved.

As of Sunday, Patterson has not returned but Daboll is optimistic that will change “sooner rather than later.”

In the mean time, assistant defensive line coach Bryan Cox will continue to oversee the unit.

Players not practicing

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Although some players are taking steps towards returning, the Giants were still without a number of players on Sunday.

Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones continues to miss practice and has been joined by wide receiver David Sills (missed Friday’s scrimmage) and linebacker Carter Coughlin. Cornerback Rodarius Williams (knee) also continues to sit out while wide receiver Robert Foster was wearing a red jersey in practice.

Edge rusher Azeez Ojulari remains on the non-football injury (NFI) list. Rookie safety Dane Belton (collarbone) shed his sling.

Jihad gymnastics

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Giants linebacker Jihad Ward decided to show off his balancing skills on Sunday. So here’s a quick look at the veteran standing on his head because…why not?

Thomas banged up

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After an entire morning discussing health, the importance of a full regular season roster and injury prevention, the Giants received a scare.

Left tackle Andrew Thomas seemed to get tangled up early in practice and was then noticeably favoring his left ankle. This is not an issue the Giants can afford to deal with.

Thomas managed to stay in and finish practice but it’ll be interesting to see how his ankle/foot responds on Monday.

Early end to practice

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Prior to practice, Daboll said the intensity was going to ramp up beginning on Sunday. That didn’t necessarily happen.

It’s unclear if it was due to the heat and humidity, but the Giants focused primarily on the red zone and went run-heavy. The pace was very similar to practices earlier in camp and then they wrapped about 21 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Toney managed

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Wide receiver Kadarius Toney didn’t see much action at all on Sunday. That’s not necessarily injury-related, just the Giants carefully managing one of their star players.

Interestingly, the only reps Toney took came as a punt returner — something he had not done at all in camp to that point.

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Story originally appeared on Giants Wire