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OTA Report (5/17): Rookies flash their skills


Organized Team Activities continued on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Day 2 of OTAs saw several young players make some great plays.

Here are Tuesday's practice notes:

*Wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson has displayed a quick twitch during OTAs. The rookie is already a frequent target of Daniel Jones, as the two connected on several passes during 11-on-11 drills, including a sideline grab for a sizeable gain. Robinson is extremely quick in getting to the outside with his cuts and will be a tough matchup for defenders.

*It can sometimes take time for newly-signed free agents to get comfortable. That is not the case with linebacker Jihad Ward. Through the first couple days of OTAs, Ward is easily one of the most vocal players on the field, whether he's participating in a drill or cheering from the sideline.

*Richie James showed some strong hands while running routes for the quarterbacks towards the start of practice, making several impressive extended catches.

*C.J. Board made a nice catch during 11-on-11s in which he quickly jumped up, made a move and bolted to the end zone.

*Rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers broke up a pass in coverage. The rookie sixth-round pick saw a lot of time in coverage last season at Cincinnati, dropping back on 325 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF).

Catch up on all the action with photos from OTA No. 2 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

*Speaking of pass breakups, Kayvon Thibodeaux made a nice play to tip a pass at the line of scrimmage, and the ball landed in the hands of Xavier McKinney, who returned it the other way.

*David Sills made several nice catches throughout practice. He caught a few deep passes, including one along the sideline from Tyrod Taylor that was the longest play of the day. The receiver began his NFL career with the Bills, spending the 2019 training camp with Brian Daboll in Buffalo before joining the Giants' practice squad at the start of the season.

*Adoree' Jackson made a nice play to break up a pass during 11-on-11s, stepping in front of a pass and almost coming away with an interception. In his first season with the Giants last year, Jackson finished with an 80.9 coverage grade from PFF, the fourth-best mark among all cornerbacks.

*Darnay Holmes was able to get his hands on a deep pass to Richie James, breaking up what would have been a long touchdown.

*Tyrod Taylor connected with wideout Alex Bachman on a nice sideline pass during 11-on-11s. Later on, the veteran quarterback was able to find running back Matt Breida on a quick pass for a short touchdown.


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