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Xavier McKinney, Adoree' Jackson highlight jam-packed OTA


Before breaking for the long weekend, the New York Giants held a jam-packed practice to close the second week of organized team activities (OTAs).

"[We're] working some different situations, a little bit more first and second down stuff," coach Brian Daboll said before practice. "Again, just kind of taking it day by day and making some strides as we go."

Here are the highlights from OTA No. 6:


*Daniel Jones threw two deep touchdowns, one to wide receiver Darius Slayton during a full-team period and another to rookie Wan'Dale Robinson in a drill pitting defensive backs against receivers.

"He wants to be good," Daboll said of Jones today. "He wants to be coached. I'd say he's tough on himself, which is good and bad for a quarterback, too, because you have to be able to move on to the next play rather quickly since you touch the ball on every play. Asks a lot of good questions. He's been out here on the field. He's improved since we've been here."

*Tyrod Taylor found running back Matt Breida for a short touchdown from the red zone. Taylor also broke a long run, zig-zagging his way to a likely score.


*Following the departure of Pro Bowler James Bradberry, Adoree' Jackson knew he would have to step up at cornerback. He has done so at OTAs, highlighted by a pick-six at practice today.

"What's crazy is before we actually talked something similar about that in the meeting room about the quarterback being under center and watching the moves and what may happen," Jackson said of the play. "Quick game, or if it's play-action, a deeper, developing route. What's crazy is before that play we actually was talking about that in the film room and we come out here actually seeing it. That attests to how do you get better. We always talk about taking the classroom to the field. So I saw it, listened to it, and then you actually see that route, but I listened to it."

*Safety Xavier McKinney also got on the board with an interception. The only defensive back in the NFL last season with at least 90 tackles, 10 passes defensed and five interceptions, McKinney was asked today what he considers his next step following the breakout year. "Take it 10 times forward," he said.

He will look to do so in Wink Martindale's aggressive system.

"I think we're all enjoying it," McKinney said of the new defense. "You know, just so much aggression. It's just giving us energy. We're able to go out there and play without worrying about making mistakes, so it's just giving us a lot of freedom to just go play, go attack and be the play-makers that we have on our defense. It's been fun and we've loved every bit of it."


*Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger, a fourth-round draft choice, had his most productive day yet and racked up a handful of catches. The San Diego State product is known for his sure hands, and he showed them today.

*Cornerback Maurice Canady broke up a pass in the end zone to prevent a score. Canady was part of a series of roster moves on May 18 that brought in four veterans on defense. Canady, 6-1 and 200 pounds, entered the NFL as a 2016 sixth-round draft choice by Baltimore, where he played his first three-plus seasons.

*Practice ended with a competition from the two-yard line, and second-year cornerback Aaron Robinson won it for the defense with a pass breakup.


May 31-June 3, June 7-9 (mandatory minicamp)

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


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