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Practice Report: Notes & observations from OTA No. 3


The Giants hosted their third OTA at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday. It felt like an autumn day with blustery winds and temperatures in the 60s. This OTA had media access with player availability afterwards.

* Despite the heavy winds, the Giants threw the ball down the field more than they had in their first two OTAs. Quarterbacks were looking deep and hitting their receivers for long gains throughout the day.

* Jones opened practice with a deep ball to tight end Darren Waller, who caught it in stride for a big gain. Waller had another deep catch along the right sideline later in practice. Waller is a massive human, but he moves with the fluidity of a wide receiver. He has been a favorite target of Jones early this spring. The confidence between the two is growing every day.

* Tight end Lawrence Cager got into the mix with Tyrod Taylor, catching a deep ball down the left sideline that got caught up in the wind a bit. Taylor throws a very soft, accurate, and catchable football.

View photos from OTA practice No. 3 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

* Wide receiver Darius Slayton had a monster day, catching a number of passes at every level of the defense. Jones' best throw of the day went to Slayton deep down the middle of the field. Jones put the ball in the perfect spot, and Slayton didn't have to slow down at all to run underneath it and come up with the catch. Slayton would later catch a touchdown during 7-on-7 drills.

* Collin Johnson showed off his consistent hands today. His frame and reach provide a different type of receiver to complement some of the smaller teammates at the position.

* Cor'Dale Flott made a nice play to knock a ball away. Gervarrius Owens also got his hands on a pass for the second time during OTAs.

* I enjoy watching the Giants receivers work with the quarterbacks during individual drills. Each player can add their own flavor to the route that gives them the best chance to get open. The right route is still run at the right depth, but everyone looks a little different doing it because of their different skillsets. I think it is a good example of the small levels of freedom given to the receivers by Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka.


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