5 things we learned at OTA practice (5/24)

Posted May 24, 2016 highlights five takeaways from Tuesday's OTA practice:

The New York Giants resumed organized team activities on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Because of rain in the area, they practiced inside the fieldhouse, where we saw how deep the wide receiver competition will be this summer. Meanwhile, the secondary notched its first interception of OTAs and came close to a few more. There was also plenty of other action today, so let’s get to it.


Here are five things we learned from OTA No. 2:


Wide receiver Tavarres King, who spent most of last season on the Giants’ practice squad, dominated today’s highlight reel with a pair of long touchdowns thrown by backup quarterback Ryan Nassib. On the first one, the Georgia product split two defenders with a sliding catch down the right sideline and, because he wasn’t touched, popped back up in one motion to run into the end zone. Later in practice, Nassib heaved another to King going the other way on the left sideline.

The ball hung up in the air for a while before landing in the 6-foot-1 receiver’s basket near the 10-yard line. King was able to catch it in stride and run it in the rest of the way for a touchdown.


In addition to King, undrafted wide receiver Roger Lewis of Bowling Green hauled in a few passes, including a toe-tapper down the right sideline. That’s 2-for-2 with Lewis making the highlight reel after he and Nassib hooked up for a big play during the first OTA practice on Monday.


Fellow undrafted receiver Darius Power of California also got into the mix with a long reception from Nassib on what would have been a free play due to a penalty. Meanwhile, Dwayne Harris led off practice with a big completion from Eli Manning down the left sideline. Odell Beckham Jr. was also Odell Beckham Jr. and grabbed a few nifty receptions in traffic, as did second-round draft pick Sterling Shepard.


Cornerback Trevin Wade dove in front of a Manning pass intended for second-year wide receiver Geremy Davis and came up with the first interception of team drills at OTAs. He did so from the slot, where he played primarily for the Giants last season. In 16 games with three starts in 2015, Wade recorded 52 tackles, six passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Wade’s interception in practice was among a handful of other opportunities for the defensive backs to notch another interception, but they came away with just the one.


After the Giants didn’t draft an offensive lineman for the first time since 2008, McAdoo said “the story is yet to be written on the right side.” That’s where John Jerry and Marshall Newhouse played guard and tackle, respectively, for much of 2015. And after two OTA practices, it’s looking like a sequel. Both are playing on the opposite side of two former first-round draft picks in left tackle Ereck Flowers and left guard Justin Pugh, while Weston Richburg, a second-round choice, mans the center position. Meanwhile, Bobby Hart, last year’s seventh-round pick, has rotated behind Newhouse at tackle.

“I said it when I first got up here, I really like the guys we have in our room and I think the fact that it stayed consistent personnel-wise says something about the group we have,” Richburg said. “And I think guys believe that we can do some really great things together and it is just going to take that consistency, being out there as much as possible with that same group.”


No live contact makes it hard for defensive linemen to show their stuff in OTAs because they make their living on precisely that. Nonetheless, the lineup of Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon on the outside and Damon Harrison and Johnathan Hankins on the inside still “looks” good to an opposing lineman like Richburg. Owa Odighizuwa is also finding a spot in the rotation after last year’s third-round draft choice essentially redshirted his rookie season due to injuries.


There is no OTA practice on Wednesday, but will be launching the 2016 edition of the “Inside the Huddle” series. It’ll start with the defensive line and include an interview with Odighizuwa. Players return to the field on Thursday before a break for the holiday weekend.

Here are the remaining OTA dates: May 26, June 1-3, June 6-7, June 9-10.