Nine down. One to go.
The New York Giants held their second-to-last practice of organized team activities (OTAs) on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. After wrapping up Friday, they will hold a three-day mandatory minicamp next week before breaking until training camp, which is when everything really kicks into gear.
"Really, this is a teaching camp because it's important," coach Brian Daboll said of spring practices. "People are learning our language, our playbooks, how we want to do things here in terms of the building. So, there's been a lot of teaching going on, which it needs to be. The evaluation process is really more can they take the stuff from the classroom to the field. Other than that, without any pads on and stuff like that, that will be more in training camp."
View photos from the ninth OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday.
Here are the highlights from OTA No. 9:
*Daniel Jones found wide receiver Richie James in the corner of the end zone to complete a two-minute drill situation. Earlier, Jones also found David Sills V in the back of the end zone, but the defense signaled from the sideline that he may have stepped out of bounds first.
*Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger caught a red-zone touchdown from Jones late in practice. The sixth-round pick from San Diego State was asked last month how much more he can add as a receiver than in college, where he wasn't required to do as much.
"A lot," said Bellinger, who didn't have a drop last season. "I think I have a lot to show and of course a lot to improve on. So that's another thing is I want to come out and show that I can be a receiver and not just a blocker but also both. Just be a hybrid and help the offense, whether it is blocking or whether it is pass catching."
*Linebacker Niko Lalos could be slotted into both "touchdown" and "takeaway" categories today. With the offense backed against the goal line, he batted down a pass and intercepted it in the end zone for a touchdown – all in one motion. Lalos, who was undrafted out of Dartmouth in 2020, has two takeaways (one interception and one fumble recovery) in just six career games.
*The connection between Jones and Sills is evident on the field. Among a handful of completions today was a perfectly thrown ball that was dropped in between two defenders to Sills.
*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson was close to another pick-six today but couldn't quite hold onto it. There was nothing but green grass he had pulled it in, which he did during a practice last week.
*Cornerback Zyon Gilbert made two noteworthy plays, the first showing good coverage to force an incompletion in the end zone. He later broke up a deep pass during a two-minute situation, which fellow corner Maurice Canady later ended with his own pass breakup.
*Wide receiver Alex Bachman hauled in a handful of passes from Davis Webb.