Kayvon Thibodeaux looking to break Michael Strahan’s sack record

Most athletes are reluctant to publicly reveal the lofty goals they have for themselves.

Why have such high expectations and run the risk of not meeting them?

Kayvon Thibodeau is no ordinary player.

He took to the podium after the third team activity practice Thursday and reiterated his desire to break Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5 sacks in a season.

Giants linebacker Kayvon Thibodeau Corey Shipkin (NY Post)

Strahan achieved this in 2001, his ninth year with the Giants.

“We really only get one life to live,” Thibodeau said. “We talk about living it to the fullest. There are people who have lived the same life and walked the same path, and it’s a loss for me to not strive to exceed the standards they set for themselves.”

“[Strahan] There were few rushing opportunities. [pass-happy] it is [is now]I have the opportunity that people want, so it’s only natural that I give people what they want. I put everything on the line and do my best, and I take pride in myself.”

Strahan recorded 6.5 combined sacks over his first two seasons in the NFL, while Thibodeau recorded 15.5 sacks over his two years with the Giants.

This summer, the Giants will participate in joint training sessions with two of the three teams they will face in the preseason.

They will practice with the Lions at the Giants’ facility and one day with the Jets at the Jets’ facility. Last year, the Giants held two joint practices at the Lions’ training camp in Allen Park, Michigan.

Who the second perimeter cornerback will be starting opposite Deonte Banks has been one of the biggest questions this offseason.

The coaching staff has not hidden this, and for now, it’s Cordele Flotte, who is in his third season with the Giants.

Michael Strahan holds the NFL record for sacks in a season with 22.5. AP

“Like right now, if we play today, it’s him and Banks that are on the turf at the corner,” defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson said. “We’re looking forward to Flott having a really productive, good year for us.”

TE Darren Waller and WR Darius Slayton remain away from the team during their voluntary offseason program.

Waller is considering retirement and Slayton is looking to make more money and is expected to make $6.2 million this season.

“I’ve spoken with Slay,” manager Brian Daboll said, “It’s voluntary. If he wants to be here, that’s great. If anybody doesn’t want to be here, that’s their choice. So it’s voluntary.”

“I want to say the same thing I said last month: let Darren do what he needs to do and once the decision is made we’ll go from there.”

Filming has been completed on “Hard Knocks: The New York Giants’ Offseason.”

The first episode of the five-episode series will air on HBO on July 2nd.

This is the first time the “Hard Knocks” series will document NFL teams during the offseason.

Giants linebacker Kayvon Thibodeau sacked Packers quarterback Jordan Love last season. Bill Costloan/New York Post

Daboll said HBO cameras were “everywhere” during filming, but they weren’t intrusive.

“You almost forget,” Daboll said, “They’re kind of arranged in a few different rooms.”

Daboll added that the cameras were more focused on general manager Joe Sean than on him.

“I guess there are more cameras in Joe’s office, but that’s a good thing,” Daboll said. “They’re good people. It’s getting a little quiet here, but it’s OK.”

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Daboll was positioned just behind the line of scrimmage during his team’s period and appeared to be dictating plays.

Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, who called the play for much of the 2022 and 2023 seasons, was on the sidelines.

Daboll said there’s a chance he could take over play-calling full-time this season.