Ben McAdoo, the Giants' first year head coach is running training camp his way this summer and the players seem to like many of the changes he's made from the Tom Coughlin era.
One thing (besides the clocks) that hasn't changed is the succinct, direct, honest answers to the media's questions.
"Training camp never goes smooth," McAdoo said when asked if his first camp was going smooth. "You're probably not doing it right if it does. There's always some things you have to adjust and improvise. You really just roll with the punches after that."
What has gone smooth is the transition from Coughlin to McAdoo. The players appear to be embracing McAdoo's ways and his message. He has a quite a few players born after 1990 on the roster and realizes attention spans are likely shorter with this group. He's shortened the length of the meetings and so far, it's working.
"I like the shorter meetings," McAdoo said. "I like to keep the guys sticking and moving. I don't like to have their butts in the chairs for too long. I like to meet on our feet a little bit, watch a little bit of tape, look at some pictures. Just keep them moving around, keep them engaged, keep everything fresh."
The Giants will face the Miami Dolphins at home on Friday night in their preseason opener. McAdoo said he would talk more specifically about playing time for certain players on Thursday.
"We're going to be consistent: we're going treat every guy differently. We're going to take every player case-by-case," McAdoo said. "We'll start with the first group, probably, for maybe 15 plays or so and then either dial it back or push it forward based on what we need to see and what we want to see."
The Giants are pretty certain who their starters will be this season, but there is a lot of competition for the back end of the roster and McAdoo wants to see who wants to wear the Blue this year.
"We want to see guys compete for jobs," he said. "That's what the preseason's all about. We have to, obviously, in the first game, we have to go out there and work through the mechanics of the game, game management, the game operation. But then we have to put guys in position to be successful and see if they're going to compete and win jobs."
McAdoo cited several players Tuesday in his post-practice presser...
"Will Tye, he's been getting some good reps. Again, we're talking to Will about keeping his pads down a lot, and playing faster. We expect him to take a big jump for us."
On rookie safety Darian Thompson, who will start at free safety this Friday..."He stepped in. He knows football, he gets football. He can communicate the game, and it doesn't seem too big for him. He allows those around him to play fast."
On rookie LB Ishaq Williams, the UDFA out of Notre Dame..."That's (linebacker) where we've been playing him. He's a big man that can cover a lot of ground. He's raw, hasn't played a lot of football. So the more reps we can get him, the better...he'll be an interesting guy to see play in the game, I'm looking forward to watching him."
On if free agent CB Janoris Jenkins has looked good during camp..."Absolutely, everyone keeps asking me about Janoris Jenkins. He's a competitor, he loves football, he's out there, he's battling. Defense had a nice day today."