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OTA practice notes and observations (6/8)

Posted Jun 8, 2017

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


On Thursday the Giants held their ninth of ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) which will conclude Friday. Mandatory minicamp wraps up the offseason program next week. This is Phase Three of the offseason program. Contact is still prohibited.

Here’s what I spotted at practice:

•  The Giants did a lot of red/green zone work in practice again today. The defense had more wins than losses in the first set of drills, but the offense got the better of the matchup in the second set. Officials were on hand to keep everyone on both sides of the ball honest.

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•  On one play, rookie tight end Evan Engram sat down in a defensive zone, and Eli Manning threw the ball with a lot of zip and squeezed it in right before Landon Collins could get there to knock it away for a touchdown. Manning threw the ball with about as much velocity as he could muster.

•  There was a nicely timed blitz by safety Duke Ihenacho up the middle, which would have resulted in a sack of Josh Johnson in a game situation.

•  Nice play by linebacker Deontae Skinner hanging with running back Shaun Draughn out of the backfield to knock away a Johnson pass over the middle.

•  Davis Webb had a nice day in green/red zone drills, finding tight ends Matt LaCosse and Will Tye for touchdowns. In the second set of drills, he found wide receiver Keeon Johnson twice for touchdowns.

•  Cornerback Janoris Jenkins made a good play breaking in front of a pass for wide receiver Sterling Shepard, but he couldn’t quite come up with the interception.

•  Eric Pinkins had to cover wide receiver Travis Rudolph on a deep route. The safety stayed with the receiver and got his hand in there to knock away the pass from Josh Johnson. It was a very nice play.

•  The defensive line was disruptive and found their way into the backfield on a couple of plays. I saw defensive end Avery Moss in there twice, while defensive tackles Jay Bromley and Dalvin Tomlinson both got near the quarterback.

•  Cornerback Michael Hunter made what I thought was the play of the day. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall tried to catch a high pass near the sideline, but Hunter got his hands on it. The official ruled Marshall never had control, and the play was ruled incomplete.