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Giants OTA Practice Report; Things we learned (5/27)

Posted May 27, 2015

Giants.com's Dan Salomone recaps the first day of OTA practice

The 2015 New York Giants started to become a team today.

For the first time as a complete team -- offense, defense, veterans, rookies, and coaches – the Giants took the field on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

They assembled for the first of 10 organized team practice activities (OTAs), which include individual, 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills but no live contact.

With the first day in the books, here is a recap of OTA No. 1:

HIGHLIGHTS

The play of the day went to second-year wide receiver Corey Washington, who won a jump ball against cornerback Prince Amukamara on a pass at the goal line from Eli Manning. As many remember, Washington made similar plays throughout last summer and into the preseason to make the roster as an undrafted rookie out of Newberry. He again started off with a bang.

Tight end Adrien Robinson got into the mix throughout practice, catching a touchdown in the right corner of the end zone from Manning to end the first period of team drills. Robinson, who is embarking on his fourth NFL campaign, caught his first career touchdown last season in Week 12, finishing the year with five catches for 50 yards and the score against Dallas. Manning also hooked up with fellow tight end Daniel Fells on a good throw-and-catch.

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During 7-on-7 drills, quarterback Ryan Nassib needled a pass over the middle to wide receiver Julian Talley. Nassib worked with the second team behind Manning while Ricky Stanzi is the third quarterback in OTAs.

The first and only interception so far went to rookie safety Mykkele Thompson during 7-on-7s. The fifth-round draft pick out of Texas plucked Nassib’s pass out of the air on a lob intended for wide receiver Preston Parker.

NEW-LOOK OFFENSIVE LINE

After much anticipation, the Giants rolled out their first offensive line configuration. From left to right, here was the first team:

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Ereck Flowers- Justin Pugh-Weston Richburg- Geoff Schwartz-Marshall Newhouse.

John Jerry rotated with Schwartz at right guard throughout the day. Behind them on the second team were:

Michael Bamiro-Brandon Mosley-Dallas Reynolds- Adam Gettis- Emmett Cleary

CRUZ SPOTTED

Wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is working his way back from a torn patellar tendon that he suffered Oct. 12 in Philadelphia, was a spectator during team drills, but he is coming along well and is beyond just running in a straight line, according to coach Tom Coughlin. While he wasn’t doing drills, Cruz was standing with his fellow wide receivers throughout the day.

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AYERS CARTED OFF

Veteran defensive end Robert Ayers was in the middle of his first play when he suffered an injury that Coughlin said was to his ankle and his knee. However, Coughlin wouldn’t say much more about it until Ayers is further evaluated.

TOP SAFETY TANDEM

After returning no starting safeties from last year, the Giants opened up OTAs with second-round draft pick Landon Collins and third-year pro Cooper Taylor as the top tandem on Wednesday. Meanwhile, fellow safety Nat Berhe was held out with a calf issue.

AND THEN THERE WERE NINE

There are nine OTA practices left on the schedule: May 28-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12.