EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If New York Giants fans wanted to get excited about this season, Saturday was the day. They were given their first taste of live team drills and the potential of a restocked offense.
On the first play of 7-on-7 offense vs. defense, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a free-agent acquisition, made a leaping grab downfield over cornerback Janoris Jenkins. The 6-foot-5 frame that is believed to be the perfect complement to Odell Beckham Jr. was on full display.
Several plays later when tight end Evan Engram, the Giants’ first-round pick, came on the field for his first live snap in an NFL training camp, he made his mark. Engram ran across the field and caught an underneath pass that was thrown behind him by quarterback Eli Manning. It would have been a minimal gain, but it was an impressive catch.
This is what the Giants are hoping to see from their two biggest offseason acquisitions. Teamed with Beckham and Sterling Shepard, there is hope this can be an explosive offense, not one that struggled to score points like last year.
“Right, you got a big guy, physical guy, and then you got a quick, shifty, fast, do-everything type of guy,” Jenkins said of the Beckham-Marshall combination working on the outside.
When the Giants scrimmaged 11-on-11, Beckham reminded the crowd that he was still the top attraction. He caught a 50-yard touchdown from Manning on a deep post on the first play. Moments later he made a diving grab and a fingertips catch down the right sideline that might have went for another long touchdown.
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