“We understand what Terry is trying to do, we want him here, he’s going to be here,” Rivera said, via John Keim of ESPN. “We believe in him as a football player.”
“I believe they’re headed in the right direction,” Rivera added of the contract talks.
- Rivera expanded more on the situation on Wednesday: “We’ve been talking with his folks the last week and working on stuff and hopefully taken care of in a matter of time. How much time? Don’t know. It’s never been contentious… Feeling good and confident that at some time this will get done.” (Keim)
- Rivera explained why he viewed McLaurin’s absence from OTAs and minicamp differently than his comments on some of the defensive players last year: “That’s one player (Terry). We’re talking about an entire unit (last year). … We’re also talking about a veteran guy, a guy who has been in our system for a couple of years, who understands our system very, very well. …So I’m not concerned about that. I’m really not.” (Ben Standig)
- Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News notes Cowboys third-round WR Jalen Tolbert got more work at punt returner than any other player, while RB Tony Pollard also rotated in at the position.
- Gehlken adds Cowboys franchise TE Dalton Schultz isn’t holding out, but also did not participate in the majority of practice.
- Gehlken also points out there appears to be a “sizeable gap” between QB Cooper Rush and other backup QBs Ben DiNucci and Will Grier.
- The Athletic’s Dan Duggan thinks Giants WR Darius Slayton might face an uphill battle for a roster spot, as he’s due $2.5 million in 2022 and doesn’t play special teams. His past production could potentially make him a trade target for another team though.
- Duggan highlights WR Richie James as someone who impressed this past spring and could crack the roster at receiver.
- Duggan notes if Giants WR Sterling Shepard‘s recovery from a torn Achilles has him start the season on the PUP list, that would open up another roster spot at receiver.
- On the offensive line, Duggan writes it looks like the starting five is already set for the Giants, with LT Andrew Thomas, LG Shane Lemieux, C Jon Feliciano, RG Mark Glowinski and first-round RT Evan Neal.
- He adds third-round OL Joshua Ezeudu and fifth-round OL Marcus McKethan should be roster locks as mid-round picks and will compete for the top depth roles initially. Giants OT Matt Peart and C Nick Gates are candidates to start on the PUP list.
- Duggan points out safety and linebacker are two areas the Giants could bring in veteran help closer to training camp.