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OTA Report: Giants hit midway point of spring practices


The Giants hosted OTA No. 5 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford on Wednesday afternoon. It was a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s.

Here's what I saw from the sideline:

* We have seen the continued growth of the Giants' passing game since the arrival of Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka. They stretched the defense vertically with deep routes, and horizontally with crossing routes to get their receivers into open spaces against zone and to create separation against man-to-man coverage.

* A slot receiver such as Parris Campbell, who has the speed to separate, can turn a short catch into an explosive play by catching the ball on the move and turning it upfield.

* Jamison Crowder has also made himself available often, using his short-area quickness to get open. He made a big play early in practice.

* Tight end Darren Waller's combination of size and speed makes him a constant target for Daniel Jones. He caught a long pass during 7-on-7s.

* Collin Johnson is a big target with good hands and runs good routes. He and Tyrod Taylor connected on a number of short, quick throws to move the ball down the field during 7-on-7s. Johnson and Isaiah Hodgins both offer size and physicality that set them apart from a lot of the other receivers on the roster.

* Kalil Pimpleton was given a chance to show off his speed on a big gain. Wide receiver David Sills also caught a long reception. Wide receiver Jeff Smith showed impressive concentration and ball-tracking on a deep ball over his outside shoulder.

* The defense also made some plays throughout practice. Adoree' Jackson had a pair of pass break-ups, one of which was nearly intercepted. Zyon Gilbert came up with an interception over the middle. Rookie Deonte Banks knocked away a pass on near the sideline.

* The practice ended with a "move the ball" 7-on-7 period, with the offense walking away with touchdowns for the ones and twos. Daniel Jones hit Parris Campbell, who might have been able to turn up field for a touchdown. On the very next play, Isaiah Hodgins tip-toed on the back line for what looked like a touchdown. On the next play, Jones threw another touchdown pass, this one Darius Slayton on the left sideline.

* Tyrod Taylor methodically navigated the twos down the field with multiple completions to Collin Johnson. He sealed the drive with a short touchdown pass to Kalil Pimpleton.

See all the action from OTA No. 5 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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