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OTA practice notes and observations

Posted Jun 6, 2017

Giants.com brings you an inside look at the latest OTA Practice:

On Tuesday the Giants held their eighth of ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) which will continue this week until 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 offense started the practice strong Tuesday, picking up where it left off the day before. The defense stepped up later on, particularly during red zone drills where they did a terrific job of holding the offense out of the end zone.

•  The highlight play from practice was a great one handed catch from tight end Will Tye going towards the sideline. Linebacker B.J. Goodson had good coverage, but quarterback Geno Smith snuck in a dart into a small window that Tye snagged out of midair with his left hand. Great play.

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•  It was a nice practice for Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins. DRC was beaten by Tavarres King on a nice double move but used his fantastic recovery speed to get his hand in there and knock the ball away. I still think he’s the fastest guy on the team. He also got his hand in front of wide receiver Darius Powe on a short pass to knock the ball away. Jenkins made a couple of nice plays. He read a back shoulder throw to Tavarres King, got both hands on the ball, but couldn’t quite come away with the pick. He also made a nice play on a deep sideline throw to wide receiver Brandon Marshall, jumping up to knock the ball away.

•  Defensive back Valentino Blake had a couple of nice moments too. In red zone drills he jumped up and knocked the ball away from Marshall on a pass above his head from quarterback Eli Manning. Blake also was running as a gunner on special teams, and made a nice play to down the ball near the goal line on a Brad Wing boot.

•  Tavarres King also continues to get more reps as a gunner. He made a nice play splitting a pair of blockers on punt coverage to get to the returner where he would have made a play. King is making a roster case by becoming a key contributor on special teams.

•  Brad Wing had a fantastic punt to the left sideline, where Sterling Shepard caught it nearly over the white sideline. It could not have been placed better. Wide receiver Travis Rudolph was also spotted returning punts.

•  A good practice from Darius Powe, who made a pair of nice catches early in practice down the field near the sideline between the corner and safety. He’s improved since last season.

•  I noticed defensive tackle Jay Bromley a couple of times during practice. First, he got nice pressure up the middle on the first play of team drills. Then, I believe he was the one that got his hand on a pass that knocked the ball in the air and right to linebacker Kerry Wynn for an interception.

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•  After Taverres King caught a pass about 15 yards down the field, Devin Taylor came all the way from his defensive end position to try to make a play on him. Taylor also had a nice rush on the quarterback from right end earlier in practice. He has a lot of hustle that makes you notice him.

•  Nice pass defense from linebacker Keenan Robinson on running back Shaun Draughn coming out of the backfield. It came only a play after Shane Vereen got a lot of separation on a similar route a play prior.