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Giants OTA Practice Report; Things we learned (6/1)

The New York Giants resumed organized team activities (OTAs) today at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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Practicing inside the field house due to bad weather, the Giants picked back up with their fourth of 10 non-contact OTA practices, which include individual, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

With Monday's session in the books, here is a recap of OTA No. 4:


Giants wide receiver and reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. was held out of the team portion of practice as a precaution with a sore hamstring. After practice, Beckham reiterated to's Michael Eisen that it was precautionary and not comparable to the issue that caused him to miss the first four games of his rookie season.

"It's always frustrating when you have to miss what you love doing," Beckham said. "Just not practicing today was enough for me. But it's part of the game. The good thing is that it's just precautionary."

Beckham also said that if the Giants were playing a game this week, he would be on the field.

"I don't want to miss anything," he continued. "I'll just go with the flow."


Fourth-year wide receiver Rueben Randle led the reel today with two touchdowns during the first portion of team drills. The first was over the middle in the back of the end zone from Eli Manning. The other, also from Manning, came just short of the goal line as Randle turned up the field for the score.

Right behind Randle was tight end Jerome Cunningham, who had a big day to start the week. His best play was a grab over the middle from Ryan Nassib during 7-on-7 drills.

Manning threw a strike to wide receiver Corey Washington on the left sideline for a completion in 7-on-7s.

Undrafted tight end Will Tye out of Stony Brook had back-to-back catches at one point from quarterback Ricky Stanzi during 7-on-7s.

Running back Orleans Darkwa had a nice sideline catch from Nassib, tapping his toes to stay in bounds.

For the third-straight day, there were no interceptions thrown. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came the closest on a tipped pass intended for wide receiver Juron Criner, but the ball fell incomplete. DONNELL SIDELINED

Tight end Larry Donnell was sidelined with Achilles tendinitis and was seen in a walking boot on the sideline at today's practice. Meanwhile, fellow tight ends, like Cunningham, Will Tye and Daniel Fells picked up the slack with a handful of receptions.


Middle linebacker Jon Beason had his return flight from Charlotte canceled because of last night's inclement weather, causing him to miss Monday's practice. In his place, Jameel McClain manned the middle, where he made 11 of his 14 starts last season.


The starting offensive line remained the same: LT Ereck Flowers, LG Justin Pugh, C Weston Richburg, RG Geoff Schwartz, and RT Marshall Newhouse.

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There are six OTA practices left on the schedule: June 2, June 4, June 8-9, and June 11-12.


Punter Steve Weatherford, who is preparing for his 10th NFL season and fifth with the Giants, made his first appearance at OTAs today after tending to his wife, Laura, for the birth of their fourth child, Josie Jaclyn, in Southern California.

If that wasn't enough, Weatherford had an eventful journey back to New Jersey, dealing with canceled and re-routed flights as well as a car accident. Rattled but walking away without a scratch, Weatherford was back with his teammates to start the week. Robert Malone, a third-year player out of Fresno State, handled his duties while Weatherford was away.

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So I've just had a night I will never forget... My morning started with a visit to see my newborn baby girl JJ at the hospital in San Diego. I left the hospital to catch a flight to Newark to join my team today for OTA practices. This is where it gets crazy. All flights into Newark were cancelled due to thunderstorms so my flight had to reroute to DC. We didn't land til 11pm. It was already too late to train or bus to NJ, so I rented a car so I don't miss practice today. 3 hours into my trip at 3:30am I run into a massive body of water on the NJ turnpike, I hydroplane, slam into the median, get blasted in the face by the air bags. My rental is totaled, and I walked out without a scratch. I am feeling so incredibly blessed. Not only has God given my family and I a beautiful, healthy 10 pound baby girl. He sent his guardian angels to keep my car from flipping and possibly dying. So, I call 911 and the finest Highway Patrol in America, the NJ State Police come to the rescue and offer me a ride back to Hoboken. These guys didn't do it because they were football fans, they didn't even know who I was or what I do. I'm super proud to have always been a supporter of the NY/NJ Police and Fire Departments. So I want to give a #GIANT thank you to Officer Adam Brozek and his partner Officer Kim Smith for coming to my aid in my time of need, and going that extra step further for driving me 45 miles home. God saved me, and the NJ State Troopers delivered me. Now I'm home shaking like a leaf, trying to pack my bag to go to practice. I'm so thankful to even be walking right now. #GodIsGood #Blessed Thank you again to the NJ State Police! #GodBlessYouBoys

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