Notes and observations from OTA practice (5/22)

The second practice of OTAs is in the books and here’s what I saw from my vantage point on the sidelines. 

Despite a forecast with rain, the entire practice was completed outside with only a few drops of precipitation early in the session.

I thought Eli Manning was fantastic today. The ball was coming out of his hand with good velocity and in a tight spiral. You can talk about his production last season, but much like Dave Gettleman has mentioned many times, I do not see any difference in his arm today when compared to when I watched my first practice in Albany in 2007. His timing, accuracy and arm strength were on display at the start of practice as he hit Sterling Shepard perfectly on a 15-20-yard out. Two other throws that stood out came during during 7-on-7 at the end of the practice. First, Manning hit Hunter Sharp in perfect stride on a deep post, getting the ball over the top on both the cornerback and the deep safety. Two plays later, Cody Latimer went deep on the other side of the field and Manning put it right on the money over his shoulder. After watching Manning throw it like he did today, it is easy to understand why the front office and coaching staff believe he can lead the team to big places with the right talent around him. 

It’s to the point where I’m not sure how much more I can learn from watching Davis Webb in unpadded practices. He has great velocity and, more times than not, throws a nice ball. We knew that already. His footwork and accuracy are improving and always worth watching. The really important stuff that will determine how successful he will be in the pros, however, is something only the coaches can judge. Is he making the right reads? How is he on his progressions? Is he seeing what he is supposed to see and making the right adjustments? I can’t make those judgments. Webb is a very smart and diligent player, and there’s no doubt he is hard at work on those things with the coaching staff. I can’t wait to see more of Webb in game situations with pass rushers coming at him. 

Latimer has looked very good in these first two OTAs. He doesn’t drop anything and is consistently getting separation on his routes, whether in short, intermediate or deep concepts. He has a chance to earn the third receiver spot on this team and so far, at least to me, he is making the most of it. Those completions, by the way, are coming against starters like Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. 

Marshall Koehn got his chance to kick field goals today and he was 7 of 7, including kicks from 47, 49 and 53 yards. 

The defense had a nice day. They were communicating well in the secondary. Olivier Vernon, Josh Mauro, Romeo Okwara, Jordan Williams, Kareem Martin and B.J. Hill all looked quick off the ball. 

In simulated blitz pick up scenarios, it looked like Saquon Barkley was in the right place at the right time. If he continues that, I would expect him to be a fixture on third down. There has been a steady rotation at running back throughout OTAs so far. 

The best play of the day in the secondary came from William Gay, who intercepted a Davis Webb pass intended for Roger Lewis after taking a great angle. It was a savvy veteran play.

Photos from the Giants second OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center

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