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3 breakout players from Giants offseason practices

Posted Jun 18, 2016

Giants.com names three players that had a breakout performance this Spring: 

Enjoy the summer vacation now because the Giants hope their next break won’t be until February.

The team wrapped up minicamp on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, thus concluding the nine-week offseason workout program that spanned the 2016 NFL Draft, organized team activities, and a lot of hours in the weight room and film room.

Players return from their “prep-cation” -- as coach Ben McAdoo labeled it -- on July 28 for the start of training camp. And then it’s off to the races.

Here are three breakout players who set themselves up for an intriguing summer with an impressive spring:

SAFETY DARIAN THOMPSON 

For the second consecutive year, a rookie could be starting at safety for the Giants. Last season, it was Landon Collins. This season, it could be Darian Thompson. The third-round pick out of Boise State first caught the attention of the coaching staff in rookie minicamp and built on that momentum throughout the spring. Thompson lined up with Collins on the first team for most of OTAs and minicamp.

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“That kind of probably says a lot that he is up there with those guys,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said of Thompson. “I said this before, he is still doing it, he is assertive, he is vocal, he is not afraid to make a mistake. I think the first thing that you need to do at that position when we ask you to make calls is not to be afraid of making a mistake and to be vocal.”


WR GEREMY DAVIS

Last year’s sixth-round pick out of UConn played in 10 games as a rookie but recorded just two receptions for 21 yards. So he entered spring as somewhat of a question mark, but he made the most of his reps during OTAs and minicamp. Davis saw a lot of time with Eli Manning and racked up the receptions with the first-team offense. That included a tough touchdown catch this week going against veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

“Geremy is a bright guy,” Manning said. “He knows the offense very well. He studies hard. He’s really in tune with what his assignments are. He’s got great size. He’s one of our bigger receivers. You can move him around and put him in different spots. He’s going to be really keyed into what his assignment is, so that’s always helpful. Hopefully he can step up and get on a roll and make some plays for us come game time.”

CB DONTE DEAYON 

The undrafted cornerback turned heads this spring and capped the offseason workouts by recording the lone interception of minicamp. It was Deayon’s third pick of spring, including organized team activities. The Boise State product finished his college career ranked third on the Mountain West’s all-time interceptions list. The all-time leader? Fellow Boise State product and current Giants safety Darian Thompson. 

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“Now he’s 155 pounds or whatever, but I reminded him that power is mass times speed,” Spagnuolo said of Deayon. “So if he goes really fast, he’s just as powerful. Look, he’s a joy to work with. He made another big play down in the end zone [on Thursday]. He’s been making plays all year. He loves football. He gets football. He has what I call football ‘get-it’ and he’s really smart and he competes. So he’s got a chance.”