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Standout players from Giants Minicamp

Posted Jun 15, 2016

Giants.com names three players that made the biggest impact during Wednesday's practice: 

The New York Giants are in the middle of a three-day mandatory minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

After this week, they won’t be back on the field until reporting for training camp on July 28. So now’s the time for players, from undrafted rookies through the longest-tenured Giants, to set the tone for the upcoming season.

>> READ: MINICAMP PRACTICE REPORT

“[I am] very excited,” first-year coach Ben McAdoo said. “We are putting a solid foundation down. We have a lot of positive energy out here, and the guys seem excited, and I feel like we have a chance to build a pretty strong team.”

Here are three standout players from Day 2 of minicamp:

CB ELI APPLE

As the Giants mix and match their cornerback combinations, rookie Eli Apple took his largest number of reps with the first team today and consequently had his best practice of the spring. The 10th overall pick out of Ohio State saved a pair of touchdowns and broke up a handful of other passes, including a nice play on a ball from Eli Manning intended for wide receiver Roger Lewis.

“I definitely feel like a different player [since spring workouts began],” Apple said. “I’ve been progressing with the playbook and definitely getting better with my technique out there on the field, just getting a better feel for everybody else out there on the field and knowing where my help is and my leverage and things like that.”

CB DONTE DEAYON

Along with Apple, Donte Deayon led an impressive day for the defense, especially in the passing game. The undrafted cornerback recorded the first interception of minicamp by wrestling the ball away from wide receiver Myles White on a Ryan Nassib pass down the sideline. It was Deayon’s third interception of the spring, including organized team activities. The Boise State product finished his college career ranked third on the Mountain West’s all-time interceptions list. The all-time leader? Former Bronco and current Giants safety Darian Thompson.

“Double D? I was over there working with him today tackling,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “Now he’s 155 pounds or whatever, but I reminded him that power is mass times speed. So if he goes really fast, he’s just as powerful. Look, he’s a joy to work with. 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.”

TE WILL TYE

The second-year pro led a strong outing from Kevin M. Gilbride’s tight ends on Wednesday. In addition to a few tough grabs down the seam, Tye caught a touchdown from Manning in the back corner of the end zone. Tye, the first Stony Brook product to play in an NFL game, led all the league’s rookie tight ends in receptions (42) and receiving yards (464) in 2015 while tying Oakland’s third-round draft choice Clive Walford for most receiving touchdowns with three. Tye also earned All-Rookie honors from the Professional Football Writers of America.

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“That’s a tough position in this offense -- we ask the tight ends to do an awful lot,” offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “They’re kind of like Atlas; they’ve got the world on their shoulders there with what we’re trying to do schematically.”