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Notes and observations from Giants OTAs (6/4)

It is the final week of OTAs with four straight days of work from Monday through Thursday. It is the only time in the spring that the players will have four straight days of on-field workouts. Mandatory minicamp next week wraps up the offseason program until the players return at the end of July for training camp.

  • As Pat Shurmur mentioned during his post-practice press conference, he and his coaches carved out a few more snaps for the young players at practice. Orion Stewart was someone that drew my eye, getting reps with the first team at safety next to Andrew Adams, who was primarily the deep safety in that alignment. Darian Thompson was with the second group.
  • The offense was much more efficient today than in the previous couple of practices last week. The passing game was primarily quick-action stuff, relying on timing and quick releases from the quarterback. Many of the passes didn’t travel far downfield but for the most part they were accurate and on time.
  • Davis Webb showed off his hard count during the “Move The Ball” portion of practice, catching the Giants defense offsides at least once.
  •  I saw a couple of nice catches from Alonzo Russell. In individual drills, he went up and snagged a pass out of the air with one hand. Then in the “Move the Ball” part of practice, he caught a perfectly placed ball from Alex Tanney over the shoulder between the cornerback and safety.
  • The quarterbacks were using the net once again to work on putting touch on their passes. A receiver lined up behind the passing net, and the quarterbacks had to throw it over the net but not so high that it went over the head of the receiver. The quarterbacks were into the competition as each tried to get it as close to the top of the net as possible without hitting it. Eli Manning and Kyle Lauletta were closest to the top of the net without hitting it.
  • The quarterbacks worked a new drill last week I forgot to include in any of my reports. They ran parallel to each other back and forth across the field while throwing each other passes. It looked like a drill that would help a quarterback’s footwork and accuracy throwing the ball on the run.
  • Aldrick Rosas was up in kicking drills today, nailing his first seven kicks. His eighth was from 56 yards and he missed it. Pat Shurmur had him try it again and he missed. Rather than ending the drill, Shurmur gave him another chance and Rosas nailed it. Shurmur likened it to being on a basketball court shooting around, and not wanting to leave after a missed shot.
  • There were two very nice plays by Giants defensive backs during team drills. Sterling Shepard got a little separation on Eli Apple, but the cornerback got his head around and got his hand on the ball knocking it away. During red zone drills, Janoris Jenkins went up and snagged the ball above Cody Latimer for what looked like an interception. The officials ruled (correctly), however, that he only got one foot in.
  • Josh Banks was especially active on defense and Olivier Vernon looks to be having a strong camp showing his burst in pass rush.

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