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5 things we learned at minicamp practice (6/15)

Posted Jun 15, 2016

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

The New York Giants were back on the field today for the second day of minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

In the longest practice of spring football, two rookie cornerbacks thrived on the volume of reps with one day remaining before players break until training camp. There was plenty of action, so let’s get to it.

>> READ: STANDOUTS FROM PRACTICE

Here are five things we learned from Day 2 of minicamp:

1. THE BIG APPLE

Like defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said, it’s funny how you have to add a last name to “Eli” now at practice. That’s because cornerback Eli Apple, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is making a name for himself. The Ohio State product took more reps today with the first-team than any other practice this spring. Going against receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Myles White, he made the most of the opportunities and broke up a handful of passes, including a couple touchdown-saving plays.

“He’s still a rookie, so there’s been a little bit of a learning curve here,” Spagnuolo said. “But I will say this, I do see a competitive guy there. I think if you’re going to play that position in this league, that’s the first thing you’ve got to have… He’s made a lot of plays out here, and he has gone against Odell a couple of times.”

2. DEAYON CARRIED OVER OTA SUCCESS

One of the standouts during organized team activities (OTAs), undrafted cornerback Donte Deayon built on the momentum with a big practice on Wednesday. He notched the first interception of minicamp, wresting the ball away from White on a pass from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib down the left sideline. He also had a few other pass breakups, including one during the two-minute drill.

“Look, he’s a joy to work with,” Spagnuolo said. “He made another big play down in the end zone today. 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.”

3. TYE LED STRONG DAY FOR TE'S

Will Tye, who last season led all the league’s rookie tight ends in receptions (42) and receiving yards (464), is looking for an encore in 2016.

He’ll head into summer with a few more plays on his highlight reel, including today’s touchdown from Eli Manning in the corner of the end zone. Tye, the first player from Stony Brook to appear in an NFL game, also made a couple tough catches down the middle, as did the hybrid fullback-tight end Will Johnson.

Meanwhile, Larry Donnell led off today’s two-minute drill with a big gain from Manning, bringing the offense to within a short field goal in the simulated scenario. Undrafted rookie Ryan Malleck also caught a touchdown.

4. DAVIS MADE PLAY OF THE DAY

Second-year wide receiver Geremy Davis has heard his number called more and more this spring, and that continued today when he caught a pair of touchdowns. The second was the top highlight as the UConn product won a jump ball over Janoris Jenkins, one of the top corners in the league who signed with the team in March.

5. BEST OF THE REST

Manning started off team drills with completions to Tavarres King, Roger Lewis and White, the busiest receiver of the day. White was targeted all throughout practice and came away with a few grabs. Jenkins and nickel corner Trevin Wade made a few nice plays on the ball today. And like yesterday, Victor Cruz did individual drills and took limited reps during a team jog-through period.

>> READ: CRUZ'S BIG STEP TOWARD RETURN

“It’s good to see him,” offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “He didn’t miss a beat with regards to assignments, and so it’s just a matter of us doing all the things we need to do to make sure he’s in the best position to be healthy and be ready and come in and help us be the best we possibly can be in training camp.”