On the new kickoff rules: “It’s certainly gonna look a little different. I think it could lead to more returns and maybe more exciting returns given the restrictions on how you can block. I think our hope has been to try to preserve the play and save the play, because it is an exciting play. But we need to reduce the injury rate. It was the most dangerous play that we have in this game, so we brought a lot of coaches together – special teams coaches, head coaches – and worked out a new scheme which I think is gonna work. But it’s gonna be adopted for one year only, we’ll take a look at it, and if any adjustments need to be made, we’ll look at doing that next year.”
2. Veteran CB William Gay, a free-agent signing, saw the most significant action at slot corner in between outside starters Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple, a critical position to fill given the release of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. GM Dave Gettleman brought in other DBs this offseason, including B.W. Webb, Teddy Williams and undrafted rookie Grant Haley. But Gay, 33, appears to be getting first crack at that role. Corner depth is something to watch as a potential critical weakness on James Bettcher’s defense. Don’t minimize the depth battles here. Free agent signing Michael Thomas, who did not practice Monday due to injury, can play the slot, as well, but seems to be considered more of a safety here so far. Thomas played for new Giants DBs coach Lou Anarumo in Miami prior to signing here.
“It’s pretty drastic, when it comes to (the adjustment between offenses),” Webb said. “It’s different cultures, too, the way Coach McAdoo and Coach (Frank) Cignetti kinda got brought up under (Mike) McCarthy. It’s a lot different than Coach Shurmur and the digit system, with Norv (Turner) to Chip Kelly, it’s different philosophies, especially footwork-wise.
Neither Tom Brady, Julio Jones nor Aaron Donald showed up to his respective NFL teams’ first day of voluntary OTAs on Monday.