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OTA Report (5/23): Evan Neal flashes athleticism


The Giants were back on the practice field at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center as the second week of OTAs kicked off Monday.

Phase Three of the offseason program consists of 10 days of organized team practice activities, leading up to the team's mandatory minicamp on June 7. Monday's practice served as OTA No. 4.

View photos from the fourth OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Here are notes from Monday's practice:

*Before any of the team drills began, one thing that stood out was Evan Neal's speed. The offensive linemen were off on the side doing a drill which simulated them running up field, and the rookie's quickness was noticeable. Standing in at 6-foot-7 and 350 pounds, Neal moves a lot quicker than one would expect for a man his size.

*The rookie class has been a part of the team for less than a month now, but it is already clear that Wan'Dale Robinson is going to have a nice role in the offense. Robinson caught numerous short passes throughout practice. Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka are going to get the ball into the rookie's hands in a variety of ways this year.

*While there were no turnovers, rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers came closest to picking off a pass, almost coming down with an interception during 11 on 11 drills. Beavers has had good coverage on several plays during each day of OTAs. The 22-year-old is also noticeably large at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. Similar to Neal, he moves extremely well for a guy his size.

*Sticking with the rookies, tight end Daniel Bellinger made a nice catch over the middle. Bellinger has displayed very strong hands through the first few weeks of OTAs.

*Davis Webb connected with undrafted free agent tight end Andre Miller for the longest touchdown of the day. Webb hit Miller in stride near the front pylon from 30+ yards.

*Two players who appear set for significant roles in the secondary this season made strong plays within a few minutes of each other. Cornerback Aaron Robinson and safety Xavier McKinney each had very strong coverage during 11 on 11 drills, with both defensive backs registering pass breakups.

*At one point while practicing near the goal line, Daniel Jones scored a touchdown on a designed run play from a few yards out. Jones has 1,000 yards rushing through his first three seasons to go with five touchdowns on the ground, and has averaged 5.8 yards per carry on his 172 total rush attempts.

*Tyrod Taylor threw a beautiful sideline pass to Alex Bachman for a big gain. The two linked up for another deep pass which would have been the longest reception of the day on an incredibly athletic catch, but Bachman was unable to get both feet down in the back of the end zone.

*Daniel Jones found Darius Slayton for a short touchdown during team drills. Slayton got open after running a beautiful route in the end zone.

*When running uncontested routes towards the start of practice, fullback Jeremiah Hall and tight end Chris Myarick both made impressive catches.

*Cornerback Michael Jacquet III had another strong practice. Jacquet joined the team late last week, and for the second consecutive practice had several pass breakups and some great coverage. The 6-foot-1 corner broke up a goal line pass in the end zone on the final play of practice.

*On the second-to-last play of practice, the team lined up for a fourth-and-goal play from a few yards out. Cornerback Jarren Williams stepped in and broke up the pass in the end zone.

View the best photos from spring practices at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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