New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, left, on the field for warmups before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022, in East Rutherford.

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Brian Daboll: Giants OC will call plays to start season

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll announced Monday that offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will call the plays in Week 1.

Kafka called plays during the preseason.

Daboll has been a longtime offensive coordinator for several teams, including the last four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and had left the door open on who would handle those duties.

Daboll also told reporters that outside linebackers Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) are “day-to-day.” Thibodeaux is not expected to play after suffering an MCL injury in the preseason.

The Giants open the season Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) points to the crowd after the Giants' 23-16 win over the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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WR Kadarius Toney absent as Giants open voluntary minicamp

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney was not in attendance during the start of the team’s voluntary offseason minicamp on Wednesday.

While it’s hardly considered breaking news for a player to skip offseason workouts, it should be noted that Toney — the team’s first-round pick in 2021 — spent a considerable amount of time on the sideline last season.

Toney dealt with bouts of COVID-19 as well as injuries to his ankle, hamstring, hand, oblique and shoulder in his first year with the Giants.

New coach Brian Daboll, however, wasn’t willing to overreact publicly to Toney’s absence on Wednesday.

“This is a voluntary camp,” Daboll said. “The guys that are here, we’re going to work with. The guys that aren’t, they’re going to miss out on some things but it’s voluntary for the reason. That’s the nature of the rules. I’ve had good talks with KT.”

Toney, 23, had 39 catches for 420 yards and zero touchdowns in 10 games last season, with 10 receptions for 189 yards coming in New York’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 10. He was selected by the Giants with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Florida.

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Reports: Giants set to hire Laura Young as coaching director

Less than a week into Brian Daboll’s tenure as the New York Giants’ head coach, one of his first moves would make team history.

According to multiple reports Wednesday, Daboll is hiring Laura Young to be the team’s director of coaching operations. It is believed that Young would be the first woman on the coaching staff in team history.

Young is hardly a newcomer to NFL coaching staffs, however, and her previous experience helped land her the role with the Giants. She comes to the Giants from the Buffalo Bills, with whom she was the player services coordinator. Prior to joining the Giants, Daboll was the Bills’ offensive coordinator for four seasons.

Among Young’s duties with the Bills was co-coordinating the club’s COVID-19 protocol the past two seasons. She previously worked with the Baltimore Ravens in client services and went with Rex Ryan to the New York Jets to serve as his assistant.

The Giants hired Hannah Burnett as their first full-time female scout in 2020.

The Giants earlier this month fired head coach Joe Judge after the club went 10-23 in his two seasons. New York hired Daboll, 46, last week.

While with Buffalo, Daboll was praised for his work developing Josh Allen into one of the game’s premier quarterbacks. In 2021, the Bills ranked third in the league in scoring offense (28.4 points per game) and fifth in total offense (381.9 yards per game).

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Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll gestures during warmups before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Buffalo Bills won 41-15. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Daboll’s mission: Bring out ‘best version’ of Giants QB Daniel Jones

Brian Daboll said his priority as the new coach of the New York Giants will be to help quarterback Daniel Jones reach his potential.

Daboll, 46, met the media for the first time since he was hired on Friday and said it’s time for Jones to have some coaching stability. Entering his fourth NFL season, Jones will be learning from his third head coach and fourth offensive coordinator.

“There’s a lot of things to like about Daniel, and we’ll just take it one day at a time, we’ll work with him, we’ll help him get better,” Daboll said of Jones, 24. “We’ll help him be a better leader, we’ll help him be everything. That’s our job as a coaching staff and as an organization. It takes everybody. It’s not just me. It’s the rest of the coaches on our staff, it’s the scouts, it’s the support staff, it’s the ownership group. It takes a lot to raise a quarterback, if you will. He’s been around the block these last three years with some different pieces. We’re going to try to give him some stability and just take it from there.”

Jones was the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2019. In his most recent position as offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, Daboll worked with the No. 7 pick of the 2018 draft — Josh Allen.

Allen threw for 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns this season, but Daboll said he doesn’t expect Jones to turn into the eastern New York version of Allen.

“We’re going to take it day by day,” Daboll said. “We’re not going to make any predictions, and I wouldn’t do that to Daniel or really any player. I don’t think that’s fair to compare him to another guy that I was working with. He’s himself. We’re going to find out what he does well, we’re going to try to implement a system that suits him, and then it’s our job to bring pieces in that help him to be the best version of himself and the best quarterback for us.”

New general manager Joe Schoen, who worked with Daboll in Buffalo, also committed to Jones as quarterback in his introductory news conference last week.

Jones, 24, was limited to 11 games in 2021 because of a neck injury sustained in a Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles that ended his season. Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, completed 232 passes for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

Since taking over from two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning in 2019, Jones is 12-25 as the starting quarterback, throwing for 8,398 total yards with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

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Sep 12, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll looks on prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants hire Bills OC Brian Daboll as head coach

Brian Daboll will be the next head coach of the New York Giants, multiple outlets reported Friday evening.

New York hired the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator one week after hiring Buffalo assistant general manager Joe Schoen as its new GM, replacing the retired Dave Gettleman.

The Giants fired Joe Judge on Jan. 11 after two seasons as coach. They went 10-23 during Judge’s tenure and made him the third straight coach to be shown the door after two seasons, following Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur.

Daboll, 46, spent the past four seasons as Buffalo’s OC. He was praised for his work developing Josh Allen into one of the game’s premier quarterbacks. In 2021, the Bills ranked third in the league in scoring offense (28.4 points per game) and fifth in total offense (381.9 yards per game).

A Canadian-American from the Niagara Falls area, Daboll has also worked as an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2009-10), Miami Dolphins (2011), Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and in college at Alabama (2017) under Nick Saban.

The Giants revealed Daboll had his second interview with the franchise Tuesday, when he spent the day at their training center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Reports this week said the Giants had come down to Daboll and former Dolphins coach Brian Flores as their finalists. Leslie Frazier, the Bills’ defensive coordinator, also reportedly received a second interview Friday.

NFL Network reported that the New Orleans Saints requested to interview Daboll before he came to terms with the Giants. Miami was also interested in the University of Rochester alum.

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Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Giants conduct second interview with Bills OC Brian Daboll

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll had a second interview for the New York Giants’ vacant head coaching position, the Giants said Tuesday.

Daboll is the first candidate that far along in the process for New York. The Giants have conducted initial interviews with Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.

The Giants said Daboll spent the day at their training center in East Rutherford, N.J., after they previously interviewed him via videoconference while the Bills were still alive in the NFL playoffs.

The Bills were eliminated in a 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

Daboll, 46, has been Buffalo’s offensive coordinator since 2018. In 2021, the Bills ranked third in the league in scoring offense (28.4 points per game) and fifth in total offense (381.9 yards per game).

The Giants last week hired former Buffalo assistant general manager Joe Schoen as their new general manager, replacing the retired Dave Gettleman.

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Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll walks the field while wearing a mask prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bills OC Brian Daboll favored for Chargers job

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has the inside track on becoming the next coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN.

Daboll would be replacing Anthony Lynn, who was fired in early January after posting a 33-31 record in four seasons. Lynn led the Chargers to a 7-9 record in 2020 after signing a one-year contract extension.

Daboll, 45, is one of nine candidates interviewed for the opening. He and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco were teammates at St. Francis High School in Buffalo.

If the Chargers intend to hire Daboll, they’ll have to wait for the Bills’ playoff run to end. The Bills host the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.

Daboll began his NFL coaching career under Bill Belichick in New England in 2000 and has worked as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, along with a stint at Alabama in 2017. He was on staff for five Super Bowl titles in New England and a College Football Playoff championship with Alabama.

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