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Standout players from OTAs

Posted Jun 2, 2016

Giants.com 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 has ramped up during organized team activities. For the next few weeks, the coaching staff will get a good look at the roster at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center before breaking for summer.

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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 standouts from OTA No. 5:

TE MATT LACOSSE

LaCosse was all over the field again today and turned in the highlight of practice with a leaping touchdown catch in the back of the end zone from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib. On the way back to the huddle, coach Ben McAdoo yelled “good play” to the tight end, a position McAdoo coached for six seasons in Green Bay. That’s back-to-back big days for LaCosse, who went undrafted out of Illinois in 2015 and spent time on the Giants’ practice squad before suiting up for the final two games. He ran with the first-team offense on Wednesday.

>> WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM OTA'S

TE JERELL ADAMS

The sixth-round draft choice had his most productive practice yet in terms of catching passes. The South Carolina product hauled in a handful of throws, including a long touchdown from third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels. Adams broke free and was wide open on the play. It’s a good step for Adams, who takes pride in putting his hand in the dirt and getting down to block. Now he’s trying to show he can be a complete player. Back at the draft, ESPN analyst Todd McShay said he could turn out to be the best tight end in his class.

CB JANORIS JENKINS

Jenkins has shown a knack for making a play on the first rep of team drills, and he did so again by forcing an incompletion right away on Thursday. He later broke up a pass from Eli Manning intended for LaCosse. Meanwhile, his counterpart Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also made a few nice plays today, including breaking up a pass late in the no-huddle period. Jenkins has looked as good as advertised since the coveted free agent signed with the Giants in March.