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Practice Report (5/20): Spring practice gets underway


The Giants had their first OTA (organized team activity) of the offseason program on Monday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The first two phases of the offseason program constituted an opportunity for team and positional meetings, strength and conditioning, and non-competitive individual fieldwork with the offense and defense.

OTA's represent phase three of the offseason program, which is the first time the offense and defense can face off together on the field. There are still rules that limit the parameters of that competition. No contact is allowed

With all that said, here are my notes from the first day of OTAs:

View photos from spring practices at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

* It was great to see Daniel Jones out there on the field with his teammates working in individual and 7-on-7 portions of practice. He was moving well and had zip on his passes. Previously in the offseason, general manager Joe Schoen had mentioned that Jones could be doing non-team drills during OTAs, which is a good sign that recovery from his knee surgery is moving along.

* Evan Neal was moving well as he continues to return from offseason ankle surgery. He was working on his pass sets and lateral movement.

* The portion of individual offensive line drills I watched focused on the mental aspect of the position. They split the line into halves. One group featured Andrew Thomas, Jermaine Eluemunor and John Michael Schmitz working together to pick up different twists and stunts. The center had to call out the right protection based on how the defense was aligned, and then the trio had to pass off those movements to protect the quarterback.

* I also enjoyed watching defensive coordinator Shane Bowen install his system on the field. Similar to what was happening with the offensive line, he was making sure his defense knew what to do and how to react based on different formations and movements from the offense. He set up different formations with different personnel and different motions pre-snap and at the snap. It was up to the defense to make the proper calls and shift correctly to be in the right position to defend against what the offense was showing.

* Malik Nabers caught the first pass from Drew Lock during team drills to set up a potential run after the catch. He caught several other passes throughout practice. Jalin Hyatt caught a couple of in-cuts, one of which he turned up the field for what might have been a touchdown.

* The other potential touchdown in practice came from running back Devin Singletary on a short pass over the middle that he turned up field.

* Undrafted rookie cornerback Alex Johnson had the play of practice for the defense, picking off a pass just before it hit the ground. Rookie third-round pick Dru Phillips, another cornerback, had a pass break-up during 7-on-7 drills. Kayvon Thibodeaux also would have had a sack during a team drill.

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