Check out the action from the Giants 9th OTA practice
Today was the third OTA in four days, so the practice went a little bit shorter than usual. I would expect tomorrow's practice, the 10th and final OTA, to be longer since the players get four days off the field before mandatory minicamp begins on Tuesday. Here's what I saw from the sideline on today:
• Nice awareness from cornerback Curtis Riley during half-field pass drills. It looked like he was in a Cover Two. One receiver came underneath him in the flat, while another went over the top. He positioned himself perfectly (and even faked coming down on the flat receiver), forcing the quarterback to pump the ball twice before figuring out the dump off was the way to go. Perfectly played.
• The linebacker will remain nameless, but Saquon Barkley twisted him in a knot when he tried to cover him over the middle. Barkley got to the top of his route, jabbed his feet a few times, and cut towards the middle of the field.
• Nice hustle by B.J. Goodson in those same drills, getting back and pursuing on a deep pattern far away from his inside linebacker spot. Goodson later got his hand on a pass over the middle. He has been active in coverage this week.
• Aldrick Rosas was back kicking today, and made 5 of 8. His misses were from beyond 50 yards, from about 45 and then one under 40.
• The offense worked on sideline routes. Eli Manning hit Evan Engram on a dart, after he beat Janoris Jenkins outside. The coverage wasn't bad, but Engram, even at 240 pounds, created enough separation to allow Manning squeeze the ball in there. It says something that Engram, a tight end, can separate with his quickness from one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
• Later in practice, there was another great connection from Manning to Engram in red zone seven-on-seven. He put the ball perfectly over Engram's shoulder on his fingertips. The tight end got his hands up and pulled it down for the score. I think there's a real chance Engram leads Giants' receivers in touchdowns this year. I wouldn't bet against Odell Beckham Jr., but I'm telling you there's a chance.
• Nice play from outside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong on a screen to Saquon Barkley. He read it and was in position to make the play after the catch. He would later knock down a ball over the middle.
• Great play from corner Grant Haley on a fade route in the red zone from Alex Tanney to Amba Etta-Tawo. Haley got his head around, jumped and knocked the ball away with one hand.
• Really nice throw from rookie QB Kyle Lauletta on a deep out during team drills. He was accurate, got enough juice on the ball and placed the pass between the safety and cornerback. Lauletta started slowly in OTAs, but it looks like his accuracy has improved substantially this week as things have started to come more naturally to him. I would guess he isn't thinking as much and it has allowed him to throw and release the ball more naturally.
• QB Alex Tanney had a nice day at practice as well, connecting on a trio of touchdowns during seven-on-seven. One pass stood out. He hit wide receiver Jawill Davis on a perfect fly route between the cornerback and safety down the sideline during seven-on-seven. Perfectly placed pass.
• Overall, the offense had one of its more efficient practices, especially during seven-on-seven. The quarterbacks and receivers were on the same page and scored several touchdowns during red zone drills.