5 things we learned at OTA practice (5/26)

Posted May 26, 2016 highlights five takeaways from Thursday's OTA practice:
Before the holiday weekend, the New York Giants held their third practice of organized team activities at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

The safeties led a three-interception day for the defense, which has been flying to the ball throughout the first week of OTAs. The offense also provided its share of highlights, including another long touchdown reception by an undrafted rookie.


The team won’t be back on the field until Wednesday, June 1, when coach Ben McAdoo and players will also speak to the media. Until then, there was plenty of action on Thursday to hold you over. So let’s get to it.

Here are five things we learned from OTA No. 3:


It was a good day to be a safety named Thompson. Rookie Darian Thompson, the Giants’ third-round draft pick out of Boise State, started off a big day for David Merritt’s safeties with an interception off backup quarterback Ryan Nassib. He’s picking up where he left off in college as the Mountain West’s all-time interceptions leader, a record previously held by All-Pro safety Eric Weddle. Later on, defensive back Mykkele Thompson, a fifth-round draft choice in 2015, grabbed another off a tipped ball that shot straight up in the air. It’s a good sign for the second-year man who missed all of his rookie year due to an injury.
“I want to show them that they have a very good player with their draft pick,” Darian Thompson said earlier this month. “I’m ready to get to work and help benefit the team in any way possible.”


In between the Thompsons’ interceptions, Landon Collins notched his own off Eli Manning. The second-year pro, who last year became the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game schedule at safety, has shown plenty of range during OTAs. On another play after the interception, he kept in stride with Odell Beckham Jr. and broke up a long pass attempt thrown by Manning. That’s the second time Collins has done something like that this week.


The Giants currently boast two players in the top 15 of most passes defensed over the last four seasons. One is Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at No. 3 with 55 (he also has the most since coming into the NFL in 2008). The other is Janoris Jenkins, tied for No. 11 with 48. All of those came with the Rams since they drafted him in the second round in 2012, but he’s looking like he will have plenty more in the foreseeable future with the Giants.


Jenkins, who was part of the team’s major haul in free agency, began practice by breaking up a pass on the first play. He’s done this over and over so far in OTAs. First-round draft pick Eli Apple also had a strong outing and sniffed out a few plays, including breaking up a fade pass in the end zone.

Geremy Davis was targeted just three times and caught two passes for 21 yards in 10 games a rookie in 2015. But the sixth-round draft pick out of Connecticut has made the most of his reps in his first full offseason. On Thursday, he made a great diving grab near the right sideline on a pass from Manning. His number -- which is now No. 18 -- has been called often in OTAs while every receiver has gotten a bump up with Victor Cruz likely out until training camp.


With Cruz sidelined and Ben Edwards on injured reserve, the depth of the wide receiver corps has shown up in OTAs. That could make for a heated competition this summer at training camp and Roger Lewis, an undrafted free agent out of Bowling Green, has thrown his hat in the ring with some big plays, including another touchdown from Nassib on Thursday. He followed up a highlight reel from OTA No. 2 that included Tavarres King and Darius Powe.

The Giants have seven OTAs remaining: June 1-3, June 6-7, June 9-10. Mandatory minicamp is June 14-16.