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The New York Giants got back on the field Tuesday to begin a two-day minicamp before wrapping up the offseason workout program.

Though minicamp is essentially an extension of OTAs, which means no contact or pads being worn, there are still plenty of nuggets to take from the practices.

The Giants used Tuesday’s practice to work on individual and full-team drills, which meant no 7-on-7 work.

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Here are the biggest takeaways and highlights from Day 1 of Giants minicamp:

Takeaways, highlights from Day 1 of Giants minicamp

No Daniel Jones for minicamp

Because the Giants aren’t conducting 7-on-7 drills, that means the team’s starting quarterback won’t get any reps with the first-team offense before training camp arrives. Head coach Brian Daboll said Jones is “right where he needs to be” in terms of his recovery from an ACL.

With that said, the Giants have not given Jones clearance to work in 11-on-11 drills so the next time the media sees him will be during training camp. Daboll admitted Jones was not happy about the fact that he wasn’t working in team drills during minicamp.

Evan Neal targeting training camp

While Neal has been progressing throughout the offseason from ankle surgery, the Giants are backing off his workload this week. Whether he’s gotten more work in during the days without the media present isn’t clear, but he’s yet to take team reps when the media is there.

Daboll told reporters that Neal, along with the other injured Giants players, are expected to be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.

Minicamp tryouts

The Giants are using these two minicamp practices to bring in some veteran free agents on a tryout basis. Those free agents included cornerback Tre Herndon III, tight end Noah Togiai, tight end Geor’quarius Spivey and offensive lineman Kellen Diesch.

Wan’Dale Robinson shines

One underrated player on the Giants offense looking to breakout in Year 3 is Robinson. The shifty slot receiver has shown flashes of production both before and after his torn ACL in 2022. Robinson was one of the stars of minicamp Tuesday.

Much of the talk about the wide receiver room will be about rookie Malik Nabers, and rightfully so. But Robinson can provide a quick-winning safety blanket from the slot when the first read isn’t there.

Darius Slayton exits early

After making his return following a soft holdout from the majority of voluntary workouts, Slayton was present for the final week of OTAs and for Tuesday’s minicamp. However, he wound up leaving practice early with the training staff following a collision with a Giants defensive back.

Two other wide receivers, Chase Cota and Bryce Ford-Wheaton, also sustained undisclosed injuries, forcing them to leave Tuesday’s practice early.

Other highlights from minicamp

Malik Nabers doing his best Odell Beckham Jr. impression during individual drills

Daniel Jones and Malik Nabers working on their connection

Kayvon Thibodeaux and Brian Burns working 

The Giants will be back on the field Wednesday for the final minicamp practice of the week, effectively ending the offseason workout program.

For more Giants coverage, check out Kevin Hickey’s work on Sporting News.

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