"Drinking water through a firehose" is a phrase often heard around NFL facilities this time of year.
Before this week, the offseason workout program was about conditioning and orientation as much as football. That changed on Monday with the start of organized team activities (OTAs), a series of 10 full-team practices, in addition to next month's three-day mandatory minicamp.
"I believe in putting as much pressure as we can on the players during this time," coach Brian Daboll said before the third OTA practice on Thursday. "If they go out there and mess up a play here, it's May right now. It's May. May 19th. We learn from it, and we keep growing and getting better. A lot different than when you're getting ready to play in September."
Catch up on all the action with photos from OTA No. 3 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Here are the highlights from OTA No. 3:
*Newcomer Robert Foster hauled in the longest reception of the day on a deep ball from Tyrod Taylor. Foster, 6-2 and 196 pounds, played for Daboll at both the University of Alabama and with the Buffalo Bills. He did not play a game in 2021, when he spent most of the season on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. Foster has played in 30 regular-season games with seven starts for Buffalo (2018-19) and Washington (2020). He has 32 receptions for 642 yards and three touchdowns, plus two rushing attempts for 29 yards.
*Wide receiver C.J. Board had two big plays on Thursday, including a touchdown catch early in practice. He later caught another deep pass from Davis Webb.
*Safety Julian Love came away with the lone interception of practice during 11-on-11 drills. Love, who has missed only one game since being drafted in the fourth round in 2019, played 52.2 percent of the defensive snaps last season while starting five times. Both of those figures could increase in 2022 following the offseason departures of Logan Ryan and Jabrill Peppers.
OTHER TOP PLAYS
*Daniel Jones racked up the completions and found a rhythm with wide receiver Travis Toivonen, who had a handful of catches throughout practice. Jones, who has exactly 1,000 rushing yards in his career, also showed his wheels on a play.
*Running back Saquon Barkley made a nifty catch, hauling in a pass with one hand and securing it against his body as he turned.
*Rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers, a sixth-round pick, made another nice play in coverage and tracked a running back downfield to force an incompletion. Beavers also broke up a pass in Tuesday's practice.
*Wide receiver Alex Bachman made a few good plays on passes from Taylor, including a leaping catch as he high-pointed the ball.
*Cornerback Michael Jacquet, who signed with the team this morning, ended practice by forcing an incompletion in the corner of the end zone.
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