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OTA Report (5/19): Observations from practice


The Giants' OTAs rolled on Thursday as the weather forced practice inside the fieldhouse.

The media was present at Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the first time during organized team activities, as head coach Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and several players met with reporters throughout the day.

Thursday served as practice No. 3 (of 10) of OTAs, with the next session coming on Monday.

Here are notes from Thursday's practice:

*Wide receiver C.J. Board had a strong day, making numerous catches, including one on a deep pass from Davis Webb. Towards the end of practice, Board made a nice catch during 11 on 11s.

*At one point while the position groups were doing their respective drills, the Giants' specialists went to the side and had a little snapping competition. Long snapper Casey Kreiter, punter Jamie Gillan and kicker Graham Gano took turns long snapping. Gillan missed the net completely, while Gano and Kreiter both drilled the target. In fact, Kreiter hit his target on four consecutive snaps.

Catch up on all the action with photos from OTA No. 3 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

*Daniel Jones connected with Saquon Barkley on several passes in both 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s. Barkley made an athletic reception at one point, reaching back and getting his hands on the ball. All the running backs were heavily involved in the passing game Thursday. Barkley, Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell and Antonio Williams each had receptions during team drills.

*Jones displayed a quick release. The fourth-year quarterback also had a designed run called at one point, in which he broke out for what would have been a significant gain. Under Brian Daboll, Bills quarterback Josh Allen finished the year with 763 yards and six touchdowns on the ground last season, with his 6.3 yards per attempt leading the NFL.

*Rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers had great coverage on a pass downfield, forcing an incomplete pass.

*Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger continues to show strong hands. The rookie tight end made a nice catch on a quick out route from Jones.

*Safety Julian Love had the defensive play of the day as he snatched the only interception in Thursday's practice.

*Rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux continues to display a quick first step. And while everyone knows about his pass rushing abilities, Thibodeaux also had two great snaps in coverage, including one in which he stayed step-for-step with fullback Jeremiah Hall.

*Wide receiver Robert Foster had another solid practice, catching a deep pass from Tyrod Taylor for what was one of the longest receptions of the day.

*Wide receivers Travis Toivonen and Alex Bachman each had a few catches during team drills.

*Linebacker Justin Hilliard had great coverage on one play, breaking up a pass and almost coming away with an interception.

*The Giants made a roster move Thursday morning, adding defensive back Michael Jacquet. Well, it didn't take long for Jacquet to make his presence felt. The young DB had two pass breakups in his first practice with Big Blue, including one on the final play. The entire team gathered around the goal line and started making a lot of noise for one last 11-on-11 snap, and Jacquet won it for the defense by forcing an incompletion.


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