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Notes and observations from OTAs (5/24)

  • The offensive line, especially on the interior has seen a lot of rotating personnel this week. John Greco, Patrick Omameh, Jon Halapio, Brett Jones and Will Hernandez were seen at different spots with different groups.
  • With Landon Collins still rehabbing, Andrew Adams and Darian Thompson got most of the reps with the first team, but some of the other guys were given a chance to rotate back there, too. Collins is working with the defense in walk-through to learn the scheme.
  • The offense has been showing a lot of RPO’s (run-pass options) during drills. The Giants didn’t do a ton of that last year, and it looks like it might be slightly more prominent in Pat Shurmur’s offense. A RPO does not require a quarterback to run it. They will either hand it off, or hold it and throw a pass based on how they read the defense. It is a good way for Manning to use his intelligence and experience to help the team win games. 
  • Some of the play calls seem a lot less wordy than in years past. Pat Shurmur has learned at all his stops, and Chip Kelly was known for getting complicated play calls as short as possible so his offense moved quicker. Norv Turner used the old numbers system for his plays, which can shorten things up.  I would bet that’s where Shurmur picked up some of those ideas.
  • A few defensive players were very active up front today. Romeo Okwara was all over the field. Kerry Wynn made some nice plays on run plays. Jordan Williams and Olivier Vernon made some plays as well.
  • We are definitely seeing more creative blitz schemes from the defense as the team gets more practices under its belt. 
  • Aldrick Rosas did the kicking today and was an impressive 7 of 7 during his practice period, including three from beyond 50 yards. 
  • Davis Webb wasn’t quite as sharp today as he was in past practices. After throwing a very accurate ball with a lot of touch to Roger Lewis Jr. for a touchdown during goal line drills, he made a bad decision and was picked off by Donte Deayon on a pass in the corner of the end zone during the red zone period. You could tell Webb knew he made a mistake as soon as he released the ball, yelling “No!” long before the ball got to Deayon. He later overthrew a couple of open receivers on passes down the field. 
  • New wide receiver Alonzo Russell wasted no time getting into the mix. In his first rep during half-field pass drills, Eli Manning hit him on a fly route. He was wide open after Eli Apple slipped in coverage. 
  • The practice ended with three red zone periods, with a different scenario each time. For example, the offense might be told they have one minute and no timeouts to get into field goal range. The first team managed to move down the field and get in position for a 37-yard field goal. The second team offense struggled. The drill ended with Rosas missing a 55-yard field goal after a high snap. The final period started with a bang. Kyle Lauletta hit Marquis Bundy on a deep pass for a touchdown. As the offense celebrated, Shurmur called everyone back and said Lauletta would have been sacked if contact was allowed, so they had to start all over again. The defense ended up stopping the offense after their second chance.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend everyone. We’ll see you for OTA #4 on Tuesday!

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