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OTA practice notes and observations (5/23)

Posted May 23, 2017

Giants.com brings you an inside look at Tuesday's OTA Practice:


On Tuesday the Giants held their second of ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) which will continue for the next three weeks until mandatory minicamp wraps up the offseason program the week of June 12. This is Phase Three of the offseason program. Contact is still prohibited.

Here’s what I spotted at practice today

•  The weather allowed Day 2 of OTAs to be held outside. The noise machine was out for a portion of the OTA, making communication more difficult for the players. The offense was efficient, completing a high percentage of passes. The ball did not hit the ground much.

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•  Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul deflected an Eli Manning pass in the air, which was caught by defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison. It was a very difficult catch. Rookie Avery Moss deflected a Josh Johnson pass later in practice that landed in linebacker Mark Herzlich’s hands for another interception. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins just missed intercepting a pass when he undercut a pass intended for Dwayne Harris.

•  Cornerback Eli Apple made a really nice play on a slant, jumping in front of wide receiver Brandon Marshall to knock away a Manning pass.

•  Based on the substitution pattern, there appears to be a true competition at tight end with every player on the roster moving in with the different groups during portions of practice. There will be plenty to see from all of them during OTAs the next couple of weeks. Evan Engram even had a role on the punt protection unit.

•  Much like the tight ends, there seems to be a healthy rotation of linebackers from group to group. B.J. Goodson is getting a lot of reps with the first group. It looks like the 2016 fourth-round draft pick will be given the chance to earn a starting linebacker spot with the departure of Kelvin Sheppard.  Keenan Robinson, Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas should return to the prominent roles they had last year.

•  Casillas pulled a vet move in the “Duke” ball protection drill, stripping a ball from wide receiver Kevin Snead. Casillas scooped it up and celebrated with his teammates. The Giants had only eight takeaways via fumble last year, and they hope that number goes up in 2017.

•  Late in practice, the young players were given a chance to run seven-on-seven while the vets worked on drills off to the side. Davis Webb got a ton of reps during the session. The ball continues to come out of his hands easily with good velocity. He hit Kevin Norwood on a deep pass near the sideline.

•  Dwayne Harris had a nice day at practice, including a back-shoulder catch going towards the sideline from Josh Johnson.