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OTA Report (5/24): Darnay Holmes steps up 


We have reached the midway point of OTAs, as Tuesday's practice marked OTA No. 5.

A good chunk of Tuesday's practice was spent working on installs, but the team did get some 11-on-11 drills in during the second half of practice.

Here are practice notes from OTA No. 5:

*Darnay Holmes enjoyed a strong day. The third-year cornerback had several pass breakups during 11-on-11s, including two on deep balls. While the offense committed no turnovers for the second straight practice, Holmes was closest to getting a pick when he got his hands on a ball in the end zone and nearly came down with the interception.

*Tyrod Taylor hit receivers on two very long touchdown passes during team drills for the offensive plays of the day. The first came on a beautifully thrown ball from about 45 yards out, which hit C.J. Board in stride at the goal line for a touchdown. The next one came on a similar play, with Taylor placing the ball perfectly in David Sills' hands from 40 yards away for the score. In addition to the deep passes, Taylor also found Alex Bachman and Sills on the sideline for two quick first downs on consecutive plays.

*Taylor also showed his speed when he picked up 10+ yards and a first down on a designed run.

*Daniel Jones picked up several first downs on nice passes during team drills. First, he found running back Matt Breida on a screen pass for a first down. Then on consecutive plays, Jones connected with Travis Toivonen over the middle and Ricky Seals-Jones towards the sideline for solid gains.

*Linebacker Quincy Roche displayed some quick moves throughout practice. He showed an explosive first step during 11-on-11s, and towards the end of practice he was able to break up a trick play.

*Two young defenders were able to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Elerson Smith got his hands on the ball on one play, batting down a pass at the line. Later on, fellow second-year linebacker Niko Lalos was also able to break up a pass at the line of scrimmage.

*Davis Webb made a few nice passes throughout practice, as well. He connected with tight end Chris Myarick, with the tight end making an extended grab. On the next play, Webb scrambled out wide before finding wide receiver Robert Foster near the sideline for a first down. Undrafted free agent Austin Allen also made a sideline catch on a pass from Webb near the end of practice.

*Speaking of undrafted free agent tight ends, converted tight end Andre Miller made a couple of solid grabs during team drills.

*Wide receiver Richie James adjusted well on a pass over the middle, reaching back and making an athletic catch for a first down.

*Toivonen displayed some great hand-eye coordination, catching a pass that was deflected at the line of scrimmage.

*Tuesday's practice ended a little differently than previous days, with an intriguing situation. In this simulation, the offense had just scored a touchdown to pull within one point, 25-24. Coach Brian Daboll had the offense and defense line up for a win-or-go-home two-point conversion attempt. The rest of the team stood behind the line of scrimmage and cheered on their respective units. The play resulted with the offense converting on the attempt.

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