Standout players from OTAs (5/24)

Posted May 24, 2016 names three players that made an impact at Tuesday's practice:

Everything counts this time of year.

Every day, every practice and every meeting go into the evaluation process, which ramped up this week with the start of organized team activities. For the next month, the coaching staff will get a good look at the roster at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center before breaking for summer.

“The objectives from OTAs is really learning and improving,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “You want to develop the fundamentals as best you can without pads on, work on communication – detail our communication there. Guys are really jockeying for position as far as where it goes for reps in training camp and the preseason games, whether they’re available or accountable and understanding when we get to training camp, it’s about building the team and it’s about competing for jobs.”


With that in mind, here are the standouts from OTA No. 2:


Originally a fifth-round draft pick by Denver in 2013, King is looking for a permanent home after bouncing around the practice squads of the Broncos, Panthers, Jaguars, Buccaneers and, most recently, the Giants. Practices like the one he had on Tuesday will help.

The Georgia product lit up today’s highlight reel with a pair of long touchdowns from Ryan Nassib. On the first one, he split two defenders with a sliding catch down the right sideline. He wasn’t touched, so he popped back up in one motion and ran into the end zone. Later in practice, Nassib heaved another to King going the other way on the left sideline. The ball hung up in the air for a while before landing in the 6-foot-1 receiver’s basket near the 10-yard line. King was able to catch it in stride and run it in the rest of the way for a touchdown.


As is often the case during non-contact OTAs, Tuesday was a big day for the receivers. From top to bottom, everyone from the unit got involved, but the constant variable was Ryan Nassib throwing them the ball. Entering his fourth season as Eli Manning’s backup, Nassib was slinging it around today and hooked up for long touchdowns with Darius Powe and twice with King.


OTAs, minicamps, training camps and preseason games are his time to shine with an ironman and two-time Super Bowl MVP in front of him. More often than not, Nassib makes the most of those opportunities.


The first interception of OTA team drills went to cornerback Trevin Wade, who dove in front of a Manning pass intended for second-year wide receiver Geremy Davis. Wade did so from the slot, where he played primarily for the Giants last season. In 16 games with three starts in 2015, Wade recorded 52 tackles, six passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Wade’s interception in practice was among a handful of other opportunities for the defensive backs to notch another interception, but they came away with just the one.