EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – By the end of the spring training programs, everyone was New York Giants players would line up at the finish line. They knew what was coming. That was when the whistles would blow, and they were expected to begin their full field, after training.
It was the same on the first training day on Wednesday. The Giants players, broken down by position groups, aligned on the three fields in the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The defensive backs paired with the wide receivers on the inside field closest to their indoor facility. Flanked to their right, directly in front of the media, were linebackers, running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks. Far behind, on a field running perpendicular to the other two, were the offensive and defensive linemen.
All three groups could have driven at different speeds, but the distances and frequencies remained the same. They ran / jog all four 100-yard sprints.
These are coach Joe Judge’s Giants. Admittedly, they run more than most, all done with a purpose.
“As for the conditioning itself – look, I was a player,” the referee said. “I have a 15-year-old son. The first thing he wants to tell me about every day I pick him up at training is what they did to condition. I have to explain to him, ‘I really do not do that. did you do for football? ‘
“Air conditioning is part of football.”
The judge’s fitness test on Tuesday consisted of 20 sprints per. Player. The skill positions were expected to run 60 yards in under eight seconds. Tight ends, linebackers and quarterbacks 50 yards in under seven seconds and linemen 40 yards in under six seconds.
It may seem demanding, but the judge has his reasons. His conditioning test is designed to simulate exercise reps with recovery and repeated effort.
The players were ready for this specific challenge.
“I’m pleased with the team’s progress over the summer. Everyone passed [the test]”, Said the judge.” We can see a lot of guys who have worked extremely hard over the summer. All this is just to show that they have the opportunity to get on the field and work. “
Each team has a conditioning test. The level of difficulty varies depending on the coach. Judge’s version just repeats his commitment to conditioning his team just as much on day 1 of training camp as he does during a spring training session. Last summer, he had his assistants running with players early in camp to hit his point home.
In year 2 of his program, the term has become an expectation. The judge was direct with everyone, including newcomers, on this topic right from the start.
“I think they know that when they get here, you have to run,” sure Jabrill Peppers said. “I think everyone comes from it [coaching] wood, you know you are going to run and be able. I think the boys want it. When you are able, you play so much faster. It is injury-proof. “
Peppers says there is a much stronger emphasis on conditioning now than what he previously experienced with Cleveland Browns or under coach Pat Shurmur with the Giants. He insists he felt the benefits late in the games last season and claimed to be fresher mentally and physically than ever before.
It is a feeling shared by the veteran recipient Sterling Shepard, who has not seen much quarrels and complaints about the increased run from his teammates.
“I think it’s up to the older guys on the team to get everyone to embrace it and buy into it,” Shepard said. “It’s something I know there are not many teams doing around the league, but it’s something a lot of the guys here have bought into and we’re seeing the benefits of it. We would come in the fourth quarter and see the second keep gasping for air and we were fine. When you see the result like that, it’s reassuring that everything works. “
The numbers did not show that conditioning was an advantage late in the games for the Giants, who were scored 114-78 in the fourth quarter last season. But the judge says the statistics do not tell the whole story.
“We get our player’s bodies to stay healthy,” he said of his emphasis on conditioning. “One thing we do is a lot of research and self-scouting. We went back after last year and we showed it to the players ourselves and then came back in the spring to explain why we practice the way we do. It was reflected in a “Injuries across the board within this organization as well as in relation to the league. We were one of the healthiest teams last year in the league and the healthiest this team has been in a long time.”
If you remove COVID-19 from the equation, the Giants ranked 23rd in the NFL in adjusted games lost due to injury last season according to Football Outsiders. Ran back Saquon Barkleys season-ending knee injury in Week 2 affected this placement, but the referee is confident the team is making progress when it comes to strains and nagging muscle injuries.
So running and conditioning will not fall under this regime.
“Look, you can’t put a player on the field and tell them to play 100% for 60 minutes if you haven’t trained them that way,” he said. “For me, there is a difference between practicing and training. We talk to our players all the time, we say, ‘We go out to train’, but we really have to go out to train. We try to get their bodies ready to move on. and perform how they should in a game, and the most dangerous thing you can do for a player is to save on how you practice.
“Whether it’s conditioning to get their bodies in the right position and build that callus in their muscles so they do not have soft tissue damage on the pitch. Whether it’s practicing things like live blows and live tackles and making sure that when they go out there and the pace of the game is actually faster, that they are able to be prepared to do it safely and effectively.So everything they have to do in a game, we go to make sure we practice, correct , repeats, practices again. “
It includes races.