It may not be much, but minicamps give a quick glimpse into what the new pieces to a team can bring in the upcoming season.
Daniel Jones, the Giants' No. 6 overall selection back in April, may be the exception as he is currently behind Eli Manning on the depth chart. But his development this season will be a major storyline, even if he isn't on the field getting NFL reps.
During the three-day minicamp in East Rutherford, Jones surprised in many facets like his foot speed, arm strength that didn't appear average like the scouting reports said, and his overall performance during team drills. Working with the second team, Jones was very efficient while going through his progressions quickly and fire strikes across the gridiron.
It hasn't even been two full months since his NFL career officially began, but Jones knows he's already getting better.
"I think just thinking quicker," Jones told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo about what he's been working on with the Giants.. "That's the challenge for young guys to be able of react and just play. It's about thinking as quick as you can and making the right decision as quick as you can. I'm just working on that."
What Jones was able to showcase wasn't just impressing the media watching on from the sidelines, but the players as well. Evan Engram was one of the Giants that noticed Jones' confidence level was improving with every snap.
"You can see him getting confident," Engram said. "Anytime you're coming in as a rookie, you're going to be a little shaky or a little nervous. You kind of see him starting to brush that off, get into his groove and take advantage of everything he's given."
Head coach Pat Shurmur, who is tasked with grooming Jones into the next franchise quarterback, likes what he sees so far. His evaluation of his minicamp performance was simply Jones acting like he's been there before, which is a breath of fresh air for most coaches looking at rookies.
"His head is swimming much less than most rookies for a couple reasons," Shurmur said. "He's very smart, he was coached extremely well in college, he's been around it. He's been coached by one of the best in college."
Six more weeks and Jones can be on the practice field competing for the backup role behind Manning for real. Until then, he'll continue to grind away in preparation for his first training camp with Big Blue.
But looking back on this past week, it's a check-plus in his book.
"I think I improved every day [during minicamp]," Jones said. "That's the goal. I did some things better, did some things not as good, it's about me being consistent, and I'm lerarning a lot. Trying to learn as much as I can."