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As the Giants progress further into the offseason program, it’s still unclear whether or not tight end Darren Waller will play for the club in 2024.

Head coach Brian Daboll confirmed on Thursday that Waller has not been participating in OTAs. But beyond that, Daboll did not have any update on the veteran tight end and his potential retirement.

“I would say the same thing I said last month, let Darren take what he needs to take and once the decision is made, we’ll go from there,” Daboll said in his press conference. “[W]e have conversations, obviously, but when Darren makes his decision, that’s what we’ll go with.”

Waller, 31, has said that he plans to make a decision before the end of the offseason program.

In 12 games last season, he caught 52 passes for 552 yards with one touchdown.

Daniel Jones won’t have to fight off any competition to keep his job. The only question now is whether he will be healthy enough to start the season opener.

Jones underwent surgery Nov. 22 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He is a limited participant in the team’s offseason program, not fully cleared yet.

Jones, though, said Thursday that he will be under center in Week 1 against the Vikings.

“I don’t have any doubt about it,” Jones said, via

Jones already has shed his knee brace during workouts and is pushing to be ready for the start of training camp.

“Feels good. Felt good out there today,” Jones said. “Just getting back in the swing of things and playing football against the defense. . . .Thought it was good today. Continue to kind of progress. . . . Rehab process has been smooth up to this point, and feels good doing all that kind of stuff.”

In the weeks leading up to the draft, one of the questions being bandied about was whether the Giants were going to draft a quarterback with the sixth overall pick.

There were reports of interest in various quarterbacks, but they ultimately took wide receiver Malik Nabers in a move that kept Daniel Jones in line to be the team’s starter once he recovers from a torn ACL. On Thursday, Jones was asked about his reaction to the team’s work on scouting this year’s quarterback prospects.

Jones wasn’t enthusiastic about the research they were doing, but said that his attention was always going to be on himself.

“I wasn’t fired up about it,” Jones said, via SNY. “It’s part of it at this level. What I can do is focus on myself, getting healthy and paying the best football I can play — that I know I’m capable of playing. That’s my job, that’s what I’m gonna do. . . . I’m always motivated. I consider myself a really driven guy and I’m always going to work as I hard as I possibly can. It’s part of it, but I’m fired up we got Malik and I’m looking forward to getting to work.”

Jones and the offense are going to have to be a lot better than they were a year ago for him and Nabers to be guaranteed a multi-year run as teammates. That may not put the same pressure on Jones that a first-round pick would, but it makes the goals clear for him as head heads into his sixth season with the team.

The Giants and Jets may be spending some extra time together this summer.

The two clubs play a preseason game each year and Giants head coach Brian Daboll told reporters on Thursday that they plan to have a joint practice with their MetLife Stadium co-tenants as well. The Jets are the home team for this year’s game, which is the final exhibition for both clubs, so any practice work would take place at their facility.

Aaron Rodgers played his first game snaps in last August’s game between the teams and threw a touchdown to Garrett Wilson, but he was long gone by the time the teams met in the regular season. The Jets won 13-10 in overtime in a game that saw Tommy DeVito make his NFL debut in relief of the injured Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor is now a Jet while DeVito is behind Daniel Jones and Drew Lock on the Giants depth chart. It remains to be seen whether Jones will be playing in any preseason games as he returns from a torn ACL, however.

Daboll said the Giants also plan to practice with the Lions before their first preseason game. That matchup will take place at MetLife on August 8.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been doing 7-on-7 drills during organized team activities this week, which is a positive step in his recovery from the torn ACL that brought his 2023 season to an end.

It’s not one that has head coach Brian Daboll setting any timetables for a full return to action, however. Daboll told reporters on Thursday that they like what they’ve seen from Jones to this point, but that they will continue to take things at a deliberate pace as they move toward the regular season.

“He looks good. We’re not putting him in some team stuff, but he’s making progress. That’s why we’ve got him in 7-on-7. . . . We’ll take it day-by-day. If he can do more, he’ll do more,” Daboll said, via Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports.

Jones being ready for 7-on-7 work right now is a good sign for his chances of being ready for everything come training camp this summer, but there’s no reason for the team to put the cart before the horse at this point on the calendar.

As talk around the NFL increasingly turns to the topic of adding an 18th game to the regular season, Giants owner John Mara thinks most of his colleagues want to do it.

Mara said at the owners’ meeting today that he believes most owners are in favor of eventually expanding the regular season to 18 games, although Mara said he himself isn’t convinced it’s the right thing to do.

“I can’t say I’m necessarily crazy about extending the season,” Mara said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “I worry more about player fatigue and wear and tear on the players moving forward. That’s one of the reasons why we have to have the discussion with [the NFL Players Association].”

After many years of a 16-game regular season and four-game preseason, the NFL changed its schedule in 2021 to 17 regular-season games and three preseason games. The next change would be 18 regular-season games and two preseason games, and if Mara is correct that it’s what most owners want, it’s probably eventually going to happen.

The Giants have signed fourth-round pick Theo Johnson.

Johnson is the fifth member of this year’s draft class to sign with the team. The tight end agreed to a four-year deal and his signing leaves second-round safety Tyler Nubin as the only unsigned selection from the six-player class.

Johnson had 77 catches for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns over 44 games at Penn State. He had 34 of those catches and seven touchdowns during the 2023 season.

The Giants also have Daniel Bellinger, Jack Stoll, Chris Manhertz, Lawrence Cager, and Tyree Jackson on board at tight end for the coming season. Darren Waller is under contract, but he has been contemplating retirement and has not come to a final decision about his plans for 2024.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has taken an important step forward as he rehabs from a torn ACL suffered last season.

Per Dan Salomone of the team’s website, Jones participated in 7-on-7 drills during New York’s OTA practice on Monday.

The Giants did not have outside media availability for the day’s session. But Salomone noted that Jones completed passes to rookie wideout Malik Nabers and Wan’Dale Robinson.

New York’s hope is to have Jones available to be a full participant when training camp begins in July.

Jones, 26, had surgery to repair his torn ACL on Nov. 22. In six games last season, Jones completed 68 percent of his passes for 909 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 206 yards with a TD.

After entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois, Tommy DeVito became a sensation for the Giants during the 2024 season.

As New York’s third-string quarterback, DeVito compiled a 3-3 record in his six starts from Week 10 through Week 16. He finished his rookie season with a 64 percent completion rate, 1,101 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions in nine appearances. He also rushed for 195 yards with a TD.

Still, the Giants traded for Drew Lock this offseason to provide more depth — and potential competition — behind Daniel Jones, who is returning from a torn ACL.

That puts DeVito back as the team’s third-string quarterback, despite his play in 2023.

“Yeah, we’re not having this conversation for sure [if I was a third-round pick]. But at the end of the day, like I said, control what you can control, keep the chip on my shoulder, keep working,” DeVito said recently, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “Everyone has always been overlooked and it’s kind of the same deal I was in last year. I know the offense now and I’ve been in some situations before. Looking forward to doing it again.”

Still, DeVito said he “was never worried” about his roster spot.

“Everything happens for a reason,” DeVito said. “I showed what I can do on the field. Obviously, there are highs and lows. But to be a rookie thrown into it, it’s a tough deal. I tried to make the most of it and then control what I can control.”

DeVito learned a lot through his first playing experience, including how to better take what the defense gives him in certain situations. Heading into Year 2, DeVito noted he’s had positive conversations with head coach Brian Daboll about how he played as a rookie.

“Obviously there is a ton to clean up, whether it’s learning more intricacies of the offense, the deeper meaning of everything versus knowing my job, knowing every person’s job regardless of it’s just a pass or in the run game — helping any way, shape, or form between the ears.

“My growth will be through the roof now that I have a whole OTAs and training camp, this whole thing I didn’t have last year. So that is really what it was. All mental.”

One of the biggest moves the Giants made coming off of a 6-11 season was a trade to bolster their defensive front.

They sent draft picks to Carolina in order to acquire edge rusher Brian Burns and then signed him to a five-year, $141.5 million extension after the Panthers passed on paying a key member of their defense. The hope is that teaming Burns with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux will create pressure that forces opposing offenses into the kind of mistakes that the Giants turn into victories.

Burns thinks that “the sky’s the limit” for what the team can do with Lawrence inside and a pair of talented rushers coming off the edges.

“I’m excited for it because I know [defenses] have to really key in on him,” Burns said, via Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. “Also having [Thibodeaux] opposite of me, they are pretty much going to have to pick their poison on who they want to key or slide to. It’s going to free us up a lot in separate situations.”

The Giants took a step backward after making the playoffs in 2022, but adding Burns and bolstering the defense could open up a path back to the postseason this time around.