The Giants will host a preseason joint practice this summer with “the guys from down the street,” as Brian Daboll called the Jets on Tuesday, marking their first such meeting since a workout in Albany in 2005 devolved into a series of melees that scrapped the concept for nearly two decades.
Daboll insisted such chaos would not bubble up this time.
“We’re going to treat those guys just like our teammates when we practice with them,” Daboll said
The event will take place at some point during the week before the two teams meet for their annual preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 28. The Jets will be the home team for that game, but Daboll said the joint practice will take place at the Giants’ facility. It is expected to be open to the public.
As preseason games have lessened in their importance throughout the league, joint practices have taken their place as a tool for evaluation and increased competition by many teams. Last year the Giants had joint practices with both the Browns and Patriots.
This will be the first time a team comes to visit the Giants at their facility since they opened their complex in 2010.
“I know Coach [Robert] Saleh, he’s a really good coach,” Daboll said. “We’ve had some good talks. I think it’s a good chance to come out here and be competitive with some other players that you haven’t been practicing against throughout the summer.”
Notes & quotes: Daboll said WR Kadarius Toney and LB Kayvon Thibodeaux, the team’s two most recent first draft picks, will both remain in red injury jerseys as they have been for most of the offseason program . . . One good injury update: QB Daniel Jones has been cleared for contact after a neck injury sidelined him for the final six games of last season. He won’t likely see any actual contact until the preseason games, but Daboll said if there was a game this week Jones would be allowed to play.