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Standout players from OTAs

Posted Jun 10, 2016

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

Everything counts this time of year.

Every day, every practice and every meeting go into the evaluation process, which ramped up over the last few weeks during organized team activities at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

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“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 players who stood out during the 10th and final OTA of 2016:

SAFETY NAT BERHE

The stage is set for an interesting competition at safety this summer. Nat Berhe, who was on track to start opposite Landon Collins last year before an injury cost him the entire season, began OTAs on the top line. Since then, rookie Darian Thompson, the third-round pick out of Boise State, has seen reps there and made a few interceptions. On Friday, Berhe ended OTAs with his own pick off backup quarterback Ryan Nassib on a ball that was originally tipped near the line of scrimmage.

LB JASPER BRINKLEY

Entering his second season with the Giants, Jasper Brinkley is looking to bring stability to the heart of the defense at middle linebacker. The veteran, who signed four days before opening kickoff in 2015 and went on to play 15 games with nine starts, grabbed an interception of a screen pass in today’s team drills. It was the third-straight practice that a member of the front seven recorded a pick. Yesterday, it was defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. In OTA No. 8, it was rookie linebacker B.J. Goodson, the Giants’ fourth-round pick out of Clemson.


TE LARRY DONNELL


Tight ends tend to make the best basketball players, and vice versa. In the spirit of the NBA Finals, tight end Larry Donnell, a former three-sport star at Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama, showed his dunking skills and ripped down a touchdown with one hand today in the back right corner of the end zone. Eli Manning, the quarterback on the play, has to like what he saw from Donnell, whose season was cut short by a neck injury in 2015. It came after a breakout 2014 campaign in which Donnell recorded 63 receptions for 623 yards and six touchdowns.