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OTA Report (5/26): Wan'Dale Robinson impresses


The Giants were back on the practice field Thursday for OTA No. 6, the last one of the week.

The team will return to the field on Tuesday after the holiday weekend. There are four OTA sessions remaining before mandatory minicamp.

Here are notes from Thursday's practice:

*Former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. was present at today's practice, spending time talking to Coach Brian Daboll, DC Wink Martindale and OC Mike Kafka, among others. At one point, Smith was off to the side having a one-on-one chat with Kadarius Toney. Later during individual drills, Smith was giving pointers to a group of wideouts that included Darius Slayton and Richie James. Smith has been with the team the past two days shooting a feature for NFL Network.

*Smith wasn't the only former player sharing some words of wisdom at practice. Former Giants punter Jeff Feagles was on the sidelines speaking at length with punter Jamie Gillan and long snapper Casey Kreiter.

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

*The first team action came in the form of 7 on 7 drills, where Daniel Jones threw a perfect deep ball to rookie Wan'Dale Robinson, who made a great catch for a huge gain. Later on, Robinson made a nice play to get his feet in on a sideline pass. The Jones-to-Robinson connection continues to grow as the pair spend more time together on the field.

*Safety Jarren Williams recovered well on a deep pass and got his hands on the ball, forcing the incompletion.

*Tight end Daniel Bellinger continues to display tremendous hands. The rookie seems to catch everything thrown in his direction, connecting with Jones twice for first downs during 11 on 11s. He then caught a pass for a nice gain over the middle from Tyrod Taylor.

*Kayvon Thibodeaux was in a red jersey, but Coach Daboll did not seem concerned about it. "I'd say this with the red jersey guys, they are all making progress, taking it day-by-day, but they are all doing a good job of doing the rehab that they need to do, whatever is required of them… It's day-to-day. I'm talking about for everybody. I think the red jersey guys are making progress and hopefully we'll have everybody ready to go."

*Taylor threw a beautiful, deep sideline pass to wide receiver C.J. Board for a significant gain. On the next play, the veteran QB found David Sills on a crossing route for another big gain. Taylor and Board is another pair that has been noticeable throughout OTAs. The two linked up for a few receptions Thursday, including a couple long balls.

*Given the nature of OTAs with the lack of contact, it's tough to gain much insight about the run game. However, Saquon Barkley has shown some great explosiveness during these spring practices. On Thursday, he took a handoff and burst through the hole for a nice gain. Barkley then caught several passes from both Jones and Taylor, gaining a solid chunk of yards on each one.

*Darius Slayton made a beautiful double move, getting open behind the defender for a deep touchdown pass from Jones.

*Not long after Slayton's touchdown, Adoree' Jackson picked off a pass which he returned the other way for a score.

*Alex Bachman made a nice play, catching a deep sideline pass on a great throw from Taylor.

*After two practices with zero turnovers, the defense registered two interceptions on Thursday. The second one came on a bobbled ball at the goal line, which got deflected into the air before Xavier McKinney came down with it and returned it the other way for a pick-six.

*Matt Breida scored a touchdown on a pass near the goal line, catching a five-yard pass from Taylor over the middle for the score.

*Maurice Canady is one of the most recent additions to the team, and on Thursday he made a great play in coverage to break up a pass in the end zone.

*Similar to previous OTA sessions, Coach Daboll had the entire team line up behind the line of scrimmage for the final play of the day. With most of the defensive players making a lot of noise around the 20-yard line, Aaron Robinson broke up a pass on the goal line to close out practice.


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