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Notes and observations from OTA practice (5/21)

OTAs began today and will continue through the middle of June. Just as a reminder that physical contact is still prohibited in this phase of the offseason program, making it difficult to judge anything up front or in the running game. Here’s what I was able to see on the practice field:

The pace in early drills was excellent. There was no wasted time between reps in the quarterback throwing drills with the skill position players. As soon as a rep was completed, the next set of players were in the place to run the next route combination. Nice pace.

Cody Latimer put a nice double move on rookie cornerback Grant Haley before blowing by him over the top in one-on-ones. The rookie is learning quickly about the caliber of route runners he will see in the NFL.​​

Saquon Barkley showed off his change of direction well in pass drills, with linebackers struggling to stay close to him on his routes. Barkley also caught a touchdown pass on a little circle route from Eli Manning on the first set of team drills in the red zone.

Olivier Vernon was involved in coverage drills with the running backs and tight ends. He showed some nice agility sticking with tight end Ryan O’malley and knocking down a pass headed in his direction. Vernon was active the entire day with what would have been a tackle for loss on a run play, a sack on an interior rush and a pressure off the edge.

You had rotating players in the various units but the first three wide receivers out there together were Sterling Shepard in the slot, with Cody Latimer and Hunter Sharp outside. Roger Lewis was with the second group.

Ereck Flowers was in there with the first team at right tackle. Jon Halapio got some reps at starting center and Will Hernandez was in with both the first and second teams at left guard with Patrick Omameh getting a look at right guard. Halapio made one nice adjustment during blitz period to sure up protection.

Aldrick Rosas connected on six of seven field goal attempts during special teams drills. On punt return, Kalif Raymond, Hunter Sharp, Jawill Davis, Mike Jones and Sterling Shepard were back as returners. Punter Riley Dixon continues to get some nice hang time on his booming spirals during punt practice.

B.J. Goodson had the play of the day. On a pass from Manning over the middle, he got his hand up, deflected the pass, and ran underneath it for the interception. He showed good awareness to get in the passing lane and better hands to come up with a very difficult catch. He will compete to be a three-down linebacker alongside Alec Ogletree this season.

Mark Herzlich had two pass deflections, one at the line of scrimmage on a blitz and another in coverage in the flat.

Nice coverage by Tim Scott on a pass intended for Ryan O’Malley. He deflected the ball up in the air and right into the hands of rookie safety Sean Chandler for the interception.

Saquon Barkley showed off his change of direction well in pass drills, with linebackers struggling to stay close to him on his routes. Barkley also caught a touchdown pass on a little circle route from Eli Manning on the first set of team drills in the red zone.

Olivier Vernon was involved in coverage drills with the running backs and tight ends. He showed some nice agility sticking with tight end Ryan O’malley and knocking down a pass headed in his direction. Vernon was active the entire day with what would have been a tackle for loss on a run play, a sack on an interior rush and a pressure off the edge.

You had rotating players in the various units but the first three wide receivers out there together were Sterling Shepard in the slot, with Cody Latimer and Hunter Sharp outside. Roger Lewis was with the second group.

Ereck Flowers was in there with the first team at right tackle. Jon Halapio got some reps at starting center and Will Hernandez was in with both the first and second teams at left guard with Patrick Omameh getting a look at right guard. Halapio made one nice adjustment during blitz period to sure up protection.

Aldrick Rosas connected on six of seven field goal attempts during special teams drills. On punt return, Kalif Raymond, Hunter Sharp, Jawill Davis, Mike Jones and Sterling Shepard were back as returners. Punter Riley Dixon continues to get some nice hang time on his booming spirals during punt practice.

B.J. Goodson had the play of the day. On a pass from Manning over the middle, he got his hand up, deflected the pass, and ran underneath it for the interception. He showed good awareness to get in the passing lane and better hands to come up with a very difficult catch. He will compete to be a three-down linebacker alongside Alec Ogletree this season.

Mark Herzlich had two pass deflections, one at the line of scrimmage on a blitz and another in coverage in the flat.

Nice coverage by Tim Scott on a pass intended for Ryan O’Malley. He deflected the ball up in the air and right into the hands of rookie safety Sean Chandler for the interception.

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