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3 Standout Players at OTA Practice (6/8)

Posted Jun 5, 2015

Giants.com highlights three players that made an impact at Monday's OTA practice


CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA


Despite missing the second half of last season due to a torn biceps, Amukamara posted a career high in interceptions in 2014 with three after having one in each of his first three seasons.

>> WHAT WE LEARNED AT PRACTICE

Now healthy, the cornerback is growing into a veteran leader on the defense and is making plays on the field to back it up.

Today he grabbed the only interception of practice.

“I thought he was playing at a nice speed last year, too, when he was injured, so I think he is just trying to pick up from there,” coach Tom Coughlin said after practice.

“It started out as it normally does. He was under control. He has been enticing people to try to throw it over his head because he has broken on the underneath stuff very well.”

RB SHANE VEREEN

Setting the record for most receptions by a running back in Super Bowl history made Vereen an enticing free agent coming off his championship with the Patriots.

Through the first weeks of organized team activities with his new team, he’s fitting right in with the Giants. On Monday, Vereen’s ability as a receiver out of the backfield was on full display, catching a goal-line touchdown from Eli Manning in addition to two more passes during the two-minute drill at the conclusion of practice.

>> WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM OTA PRACTICE

“He is a solid, solid young man,” Coughlin said last week. “A very positive young man who’s happy to be here and looks forward to contributing. When we brought him in we thought, here is a guy that catches the ball out of the backfield and would be another obvious weapon that would have to be defended, as well as some of the other people we have here.”

WR COREY WASHINGTON

How does a wide receiver know he has the trust of his quarterback? Passes keep coming his way.

That has been the case for Corey Washington throughout organized team activities. With Victor Cruz still rehabbing and Odell Beckham Jr. also out for the time being with a sore hamstring, Washington has seen a large share of reps, including ones with the first team.

That continued today with a handful of receptions as he gains the confidence of his coaches and quarterback.

“I came from Newberry; you probably don’t know where Newberry is,” Washington said today about going undrafted last season. “I’ve got to show the coaches that I’m going to keep working and gain their trust -- getting Eli’s trust and the coaches’ trust to throw me out there and help this team win games.”