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Practice Report: Notes & observations from OTA No. 3


The Giants hosted their third OTA of the spring on Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend. Here's what I saw from the sidelines:

* I watched the outside linebackers and edge players during the individual portion of practice. They began with a drill designed to get the players to identify a potential pass and bat the ball away. After the initial drill, they went into a lateral movement period that seemed to mimic the movement necessary to react to a pass in zone defense. The player would have to change direction moving side to side to make a play.

* Daniel Jones got his snaps during 7-on-7s and found Malik Nabers over the middle. Kaleb Hayes, a first-year defensive back from BYU, knocked down a pass during the period.

* The Giants' defensive front was very active throughout practice. They found themselves in the backfield often, including Brian Burns and Tomon Fox.

* The secondary made plays on the ball, including a deflection from Darnay Holmes. Darius Muasau did a good job staying with a tight end across the field. Deonte Banks knocked away a pass on the right sideline. Dane Belton had a chance to come up with an interception, coming over from center field to prevent a deep completion, but he was not able to come up with the leaping interception. Rookie Andru Phillips also played strong coverage, preventing a reception.

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* Giants receivers made some plays of their own. Theo Johnson caught a pass down the field, which allowed him to show off his speed for a big gain. Nabers, a fellow rookie, made the splash play of practice, getting more than 10 yards of separation on what looked like a double move before catching a deep pass from Drew Lock. Tommy DeVito hit Jalin Hyatt right on the money down the right sideline for a big gain. Wan'Dale Robinson also got himself open several times throughout practice.

* DeVito showed off his speed on a quarterback keeper, running to the right and splitting the defense for a strong gain.

* During special teams drills, the offensive line, running backs, and quarterbacks came together to work on their pass protections. The quarterback and center would have to call out the proper protection rules, identify the MIKE linebackers and then everyone would have to react properly to the defense's movement to handle designed blitzes from the coaching staff. I've been really impressed with how offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo is trying to teach the mental part of the game early in the process this spring. There isn't a ton of yelling and screaming; instead, there is a meticulous focus on the details of assignment football.

* Graham Gano has kicked the last couple of days and there are no signs of his season-ending injury from last season bothering him.

To commemorate their 100th season, the New York Giants today unveiled a "Century Red" uniform, which the team will wear for up to two games in 2024.


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