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Giants head coach Brian Dabol won’t commit to getting ready for Kyvan Thibodaux’s training camp

Giants head coach Brian Dabol won't commit to getting ready for Kyvan Thibodaux's training camp

Giants coach Brian Dabol on Thursday could not guarantee that injured No. 5 overall pick Kyvon Thibodaux would be ready to start training camp at the end of July.

“I’m not going to promise anything,” said Dabol. “It may or may not be.”

Dabol said “Hopefully he will be good to go.” Sources have previously indicated that Thibodaux’s unidentified injury is not considered serious. And rookie Edge Rusher shed some light in favor of Thursday’s ninth OTA exercise.

But Thibodaux has been in the red jersey for two weeks after he twisted something in his lower body during a May 19 OTA practice. It looks like there are a bunch of players who could be sidelined for next week’s mandatory minicamp ahead of an extended summer break.

Thibodaux’s former Oregon teammate, left guard Shane Lemieux, was the latest to learn of rookie pass Rusher’s intangibles.

“That was phenomenal” [at Oregon], and I know that in practice he was all out every single game. He was a good friend, the good guy in the locker room. we had many fights [freshman] year,” Lemieux said. “It is evident, [Giants] Asked me because I’m from Oregon what I thought of him, and I told him straight away he’s a guy, he’s a real friend, a real good player. Effort is nothing I will never question for that. ,

If there are any primary findings from the Giants’ spring schedule to date, one is that Saxon Barkley will be used as a pass catcher in Daboll’s offense. The other thing, however, is that this team has too many injuries to monitor.

Projected starting corner Aaron Robinson was the newest addition to the Red Jersey crew on Thursday. Left tackle Andrew Thomas (ankle surgery) should have been ready for the start of the season, but was again rendered useless after laboring last week.

Wide receivers Cadarius Tony (arthroscopic knee procedure), Kenny Golladay (unknown), Sterling Shepard (Achilles) and Colin Johnson (unknown) are all rehabilitated. Gollade was not seen at all in Thursday’s alternate exercise.

Linebackers Blake Martinez (ACL), Cam Brown (unknown) and TJ Brunson (unknown) are also doing some nursing, as are Darren Evans (unknown) and CB Roderius Williams (unknown). Michael Jacquet III was wearing red but still practiced.

Joining Golladay on Thursday’s absent list were corner Darne Holmes and Jaren Williams and kicker Graham Gano. Giants will not provide any information about those players.

The team’s 10th and final OTA exercise is on Friday at the facility. Then next week’s mandatory minicamp runs from Tuesday to Thursday.

Practice Highlights

Edge Nico Lalos made the day’s play, leaping to stop Davis Webb for a pick-six with a backed third-string offense against the goal line. ,

Darius Slayton dropped a deep pass thrown perfectly by Tyrod Taylor just outside the left hash mark late in practice. ,

Rookie guard Josh Ejudu continued to line the line as a first-string left tackle in place of Thomas. Ezedu made a false start and allowed escape pressure on the second play. It’s that time of year when it’s helpful for NFL coaches to take a look at rookies at different locations before zeroing in on the roles they define for camp. ,

Rookie safety Dan Belton often stood under strong protection rather than Julian Love, although there were plays when coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale kept all three of his safeties on the field as well as free safety Xavier McKinney. ,

Jacquet replaced the injured Robinson in the outside corner, and rookie Cor’del Flot operated the slot in Holmes’ absence. ,

Slayton lined up as running back on a play, Barkley slamming outside on wide receiver. An example of how Dabol plays with personnel. ,

A nice Taylor pass to tight end Jordan Akins was a rough drop on the downfield. ,

Maurice Kennedy and Zion Gilbert out second string corner and Khalil Dorsey in the slot. Gilbert had a good pass breakup on the Taylor pass for Travis Toivonen. ,

Daniel Jones threw a touchdown pass to Richie James late in practice which escalated the offense. ,

Granted, almost none of Jones’ primary weapon is being healthy and exercising. But consistently, every practice, Barkley lines up as a receiver and catches several passes into space. ,

Ricky Seals-Jones ran in the first team as the second team behind rookie Daniel Bellinger. ,

With Thomas sidelined, the first team remains O Line Ezudu – Lemieux – John Feliciano – Mark Glowinsky – Ivan Neal. The O line of the second line on Thursday was Corey Cunningham – Jameel Douglas – Ben Bradson – Marcus McKethan – Matt Gono. Lemieux, who missed most of last season after surgery to repair a partially torn patellar tendon, admitted the Giants wanted him to wear the red jersey this spring but declined. “I was itching to pull it off,” he said. “I was itching to pull it off because I didn’t even want the personality, I guess. I didn’t want to be in that jersey, and I did everything I could to get out of it.”

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