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Touchdowns & Takeaways: Giants reach midway point of OTAs


They're halfway there.

The Giants held their fifth of 10 organized team practice activities (OTAs) on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Coach Brian Daboll, assistant general manager Brandon Brown, and a handful of players also met with the media throughout the day.

It was a lengthy practice, so let's get into the touchdowns, takeaways, and other top plays:

See all the action from spring practices at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


Quarterback Drew Lock found undrafted rookie receiver Ayir Asante in stride in the end zone for a long score during 11-on-11 work.


Cornerback Darnay Holmes, who re-signed with the Giants this offseason, returned a fumble for what would have likely been a touchdown.

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Quarterback Daniel Jones opened 7-on-7 drills with completions to wide receivers Wan'Dale Robinson, Allen Robinson II, Asante and Darius Slayton.

Slayton racked up a handful of catches on connections with Lock during team periods.

Lock's best throw of the day was a long pass to Wan'Dale Robinson, placing it perfectly with velocity to get through the levels of the defense. Lock also connected with sixth overall pick Malik Nabers, whom the quarterback said has potential to be a major factor in the NFL.

Cornerback Deonte Banks prevented a possible touchdown by breaking up a long pass attempt at the front-left corner of the end zone. Fellow cornerback Nick McCloud and safety Dane Belton also forced incompletions.

Outside linebackers Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari found their way into the backfield for what would have been sacks on separate plays. Inside linebacker Carter Coughlin also sped up a pass for an incompletion as Banks provided coverage on the back end.

Outside linebacker Boogie Basham batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

Lock threw a nifty sidearm pass to rookie running back Tyrone Tracy Jr.

Tight ends Lawrence Cager and Jack Stoll got on the board with receptions.

Steve Smith Sr., a retired five-time Pro Bowler who ranks eighth in NFL history in receiving yards, was back on the sidelines today to work with the Giants' receivers. Daboll said he will be with the team for "a couple of days" like he was last year.

"We have a good relationship with him, Joe [Schoen] and I," Daboll said. "He's coming out watching practice. I think he's a good sounding board for some of the young guys, particularly some of the young receivers. … We have a good relationship with Steve. Joe, obviously at Carolina, and I've known him. I have a lot of respect for his game, how he's played. We had him last year too."

Daboll was asked about being in the quarterback's ear and taking over play-calling duties. "I've called plays for a long time," he said. "So it's good to get out here at practice and do it, but there's a whole process that goes through with it. There's training camp. There's OTAs. And I'll make the decision, like I said back in March, that I feel is best."

Remaining Practices

May 31, June 3-4, June 6-7, June 11-13 (minicamp)

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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