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1.    With the Giants decision to waive Will Hill, I kept a close eye on the secondary in practice today. I saw a lot of what would be considered the traditional nickel alignment with Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie outside with Walter Thurmond playing the slot. The trio was glued to wide receivers all day long.

2.    One signing that went under the radar this offseason for the Giants was Quintin Demps. He will have a great opportunity to get serious playing time as the team's third safety, as will second-year player Cooper Taylor, and rookies Nat Berhe and Thomas Gordon.

3.    There were more throws down the field in today's practice than we have seen during OTAs so far. The tight end was featured in the seam a bunch of times. In a wide open battle, making plays, even in OTAs, could tilt the field to any of the players at the position. Larry Donnell made one very nice catch, diving for and catching a pass near the sideline on a deep out. Later on in practice he couldn't reel in a jumping catch on a ball thrown over his head down the seam.

4.    It's no secret as to who is directing traffic with the first team defense. Jon Beason's calls to his teammates are loud and clear pre-snap as he reads the offense and makes adjustments. Watching the chess match between he and Eli Manning is a lot of fun.

5.    It was good to see Odell Beckham Jr. and Andre Williams back at OTAs after being absent at the end of last week due to the NFLPA rookie premiere in Los Angeles. Beckham Jr. showed a great change of direction on a pair of dig routes. He really ran the corner off before coming back for the football.

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