Giants Coach Joe Judge Scales Back Practices In Hopes Of A Fresh Team

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Trying to find the right balance.

It’s one thing that haunts NFL coaches about training camp. How much is too much? How much isn’t enough?

One coach who is searching for the right answer is New York Giants head coach Joe Judge, who is coming off his first season as the Giants’ top man.

So far, 2021 has been vastly different than 2020, and Judge has already cut back some of the OTAs because he knows how important it is to keep players fresh.

“A lot of guys will be training elsewhere with different players and locations, and others go on family vacation and build back into training,” Judge said.

“We thought it was a good time frame for us to wrap up camp.”

Teams are allowed 10 organized team activity practices, as well as a three-day minicamp that players are required to attend.

Judge and the Giants are not the only team cutting back in 2021.

Reports say that 22 of the 32 NFL teams have either reduced their OTA sessions this year, or modified the tempo and pace of the actual practices to ease the physical load on players.

In the end, we will see if it pays off for the Giants, who are coming off a 6-10 campaign.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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