The New York Giants officially opened their training camp on Thursday July 28th just down the road from MetLife Stadium at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, ushering in the Ben McAdoo era. He looked prime for the spotlight and attention at the podium, answering questions with the familiarity of a man who has spent two years in the organization and with the subtle trepidation expected of someone for their first day in a new job. With a receiving core comprised of Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and rookie Sterling Shepard, plus a big arm in 12-year veteran Eli Manning, expectations couldn’t be higher for a team that finished 3rd in the NFC East with a 6-10 record last season.
These three receivers, however, have never played together, but McAdoo doesn’t seem to be too concerned, saying,
“We just have to get the quarterbacks and receivers on the same page to get the timing and the chemistry going. [They’ve] spent some time apart so it’s good to have them all back together and we’re coming along, making small steps and getting a little bit better each day and getting on the same page. Chemistry is the key and we look forward to developing that chemistry.”
McAdoo was also asked about how his team will fare on grass and turf fields and if they’ll be a different team on different surfaces. With perhaps a glimpse of the conveyed annoyance of Bill Belichick when asked if Tom Brady will start after his suspension, McAdoo responded, “We’re comfortable on both grass and turf. Wherever we are playing we are good to go. We’ll play in the parking lot if we have to.”
It’s never easy to take over the reigns of a team from a future Hall of Fame coach like Tom Coughlin, but if anyone can further add to the Giants legacy, it’ll be Ben McAdoo.