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5 things we learned at OTA practice (6/7)

Posted Jun 7, 2016

Giants.com highlights five takeaways from Tuesday's OTA practice:   


With organized team activities winding down, Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. did what they do best on Tuesday and hooked up for their longest play of the spring.

The touchdown was one of many highlights from the eighth of 10 OTAs at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The Giants have practice sessions on Thursday and Friday before next week’s mandatory minicamp, which runs June 14-16. After that, it’ll be quiet around the facility until players report for training camp on July 28.

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Here are five things we learned from OTA No. 8:

1. THE ODD COUPLE

Part of Ben McAdoo’s changes to practice as the new head coach has been the use of music, including a “TV timeout” where a popular theme song is played. Manning and OBJ should get their own tune because, like so many times over the last two seasons, it was their show today. The duo, which has hooked up for 25 touchdowns in 27 games together, led the highlight reel with a long touchdown, in addition to a handful of other completions. On the score, Manning dropped it in over Beckham’s shoulder, hitting him in stride as he accelerated past the defense.   


2. ROOKIE GOODSON GRABBED ANOTHER INT

Like he did last Wednesday, linebacker B.J. Goodson, the fourth-round pick out of Clemson, came up with the lone interception of the day (rookie cornerback Eli Apple also had one in the end zone but the play was called back due to movement up front). After being forced out of the pocket to his right, third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels tried to find wide receiver Darius Powe on the sideline.

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However, Goodson was in the passing lane, seeing it the whole way before leaping up to make the pick. McAdoo found the rookie on the way back to the huddle and gave him a pat on the back. In OTA No. 4, Goodson intercepted another pass from Daniels. On that one, he did a juggling act and tipped the ball a few times before making the catch as he fell to the ground.

3. SHEPARD, ADAMS FOUND THE END ZONE

Goodson wasn’t the only draft pick to stand out on Tuesday. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, the second-rounder out of Oklahoma, made a nifty catch for a close-range touchdown from Manning. The two hooked up a few times during practice. Later on, tight end Jerell Adams, the sixth and final member of the Giants’ draft class, found his way into the end zone, where backup quarterback Ryan Nassib hit him for a score from the red zone.

4. ELI FAKED, DONNELL SCORED

On a great play-action from the red zone, Manning sucked the defense in and feathered one over the top to tight end Larry Donnell for an easy score. It was a good sign for Donnell, who received clearance from the team’s medical staff in mid-April to resume his career. During last year’s 52-49 loss at New Orleans in Week 8, Donnell suffered a neck injury and did not return to the field for the rest of the season. Last week, McAdoo said Donnell has been full-go at OTAs.

5. BEST OF THE REST

During another simulated two-minute drill, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who is coming back from a season-ending pectoral injury, batted down a pass on the first play of the drive. The first-team defense would later stop the first-team offense at the goal line. Meanwhile, undrafted cornerback Donte Deayon also broke up a few passes, following up the interception that the Boise State product had yesterday. Nassib and Powe had a good thing going and connected on a few early passes. Tight end Will Tye also made a tumbling catch for a first down on a throw by Manning in the two-minute drill.