Standout players from OTAs

Posted May 27, 2016 names three players that made the biggest impact during Thursday'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. 3:


The safeties combined for three interceptions today, the second of which came by the hands of second-year pro Landon Collins. He grabbed one off quarterback Eli Manning midway through the team period and again showed his range later on by tracking down Odell Beckham Jr. to break up a long pass attempt. That’s the second time Collins has done something like that this week against the man who has the most yards receiving through a player’s first two seasons in the NFL.

The new Giant has stood out in all three OTAs so far. He opened Thursday’s practice by breaking up a pass on the first play, something he did 48 times over the last four seasons with the Rams. Jenkins, who was part of the team’s major haul in free agency, has looked as good as advertised in practice as the Giants try to shore up the defense in 2016. If there has been a pass hitting the ground, it’s most likely been because of Jenkins.


Before fellow safety Mykkele Thompson grabbed the third and final interception of the day, rookie Darian Thompson started with his own off backup quarterback Ryan Nassib. The Boise State product picked up where he left off in college as the Mountain West’s all-time interceptions leader, a record previously held by All-Pro safety Eric Weddle.