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Five things we learned at OTA practice


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1. Wilson on the field. The Giants are taking an optimistic wait-and-see approach with their former first-round draft choice David Wilson, who missed most of last season with a neck injury. However, the third-year running back was on the practice field for the first of 10 non-contact organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Wilson worked on both special teams as a returner and in offensive drills, including taking this handoff from quarterback Josh Freeman.

2. Ben McAdoo is in a hurry. Throughout the Giants' offseason workout program leading up to OTAs, we received hints about what the new offensive coordinator's system would look like. We heard buzzwords like West Coast, attack, up-tempo, etc. It was all of that from the start of McAdoo's first OTA with his new team. Meanwhile, the former Green Bay tight ends and quarterbacks coach also took a hands-on approach during individual drills, including snapping the ball to his quarterbacks while they worked on their drops.

3. Eli Manning put in a full day. After undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle on April 10, quarterback Eli Manning wasn't going to be rushed back. But his ironman gene put him on the fast track, and Manning took quite a few snaps on the first day of OTAs. In addition to individual drills, he took many of the first-team reps as he and his teammates continued to learn McAdoo's new offense.  Meanwhile, Ryan Nassib took snaps behind Manning, as did Curtis Painter and Josh Freeman.


  1. J.D. Walton played center with the first unit.** In what is sure to be the first of many, the Giants rolled out their initial offensive line configuration. Without the rehabbing Will Beatty, who fractured his leg in the final game of last season, the first line consisted of James Brewer, Geoff Schwartz, Walton, Chris Snee, and Justin Pugh. Meanwhile, the second unit was Charles Brown, Brandon Mosley, Dallas Reynolds, Weston Richburg, and Troy Kropog.

5. First-round draft choice Odell Beckham Jr. got his first taste of action. OTAs differ from the rest of the offseason workout program in that the offense can go up against the defense, as opposed to both units working separately in the previous phase. While no live contact is permitted, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are allowed. Beckham, the rookie wide receiver out of LSU, kept up in such drills against NFL-caliber defenders on Wednesday, showcasing his quickness in and out of breaks. He'll have to learn the ropes, but his athleticism is already on display.

Photos from the Giants first OTA practice

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