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Practice Report (5/30): Notes from OTA No. 5


After a shorter day of practice on Tuesday, the Giants conducted their fifth OTA on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Here's what I saw from the sideline:

See all the action from spring practices at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

* I watched the defensive backs work in individual drills over the last couple of days, and it's pretty obvious the new defensive scheme will continue to focus on trying to take the ball away. Last season, the Giants were tied with the Ravens with the most takeaways in the regular season with 31. Of those, 18 were interceptions, which was tied for the third-most in the NFL.

If the Giants do, in fact, employ a more zone heavy scheme under new defensive coordinator Shane Bowne, there could be even more opportunities for interceptions. There's an emphasis in practice on identifying the ball in the air and making plays on it. The drills concentrated on going after the football on vertical routes and routes where the cornerback has to break and come back toward the line of scrimmage to play the football.

* The defensive backfield had a strong day in practice. Dane Belton began the first part of team work by breaking on a short pass to Wan'Dale Robinson and nearly coming up with an interception. Deonte Banks played good coverage all afternoon. He ran step for step with Jalin Hyatt on a deep pass and undercut a throw to Darius Slayton. Fourth-year cornerback Stanley Thomas-Oliver prevented a completion to Miles Boykin, who otherwise has had a very productive set of OTAs.

* Darnay Holmes made the play of the day, knocking a ball loose and recovering it before bringing it back the other way. I'm not sure he would have turned it into a touchdown off the takeaway, but it would have put the team in great field position. In the final team period, Holmes also showed good coverage down the field on a deep route. Holmes has been in the middle of the action on a lot of plays throughout the spring.

* The offense made some plays throughout practice. At the end of the first team period, Drew Lock showed his pocket presence, stepping up and hitting Wan'Dale Robinson on a deep throw across the field for a 20-yard gain to the right side. Lock has shown the willingness and the ability to throw the ball off his back foot. He has more than enough arm strength to get zip on the ball in those situations. Lock also showed off his legs later in practice, running for a long again after being unable to find someone open down the field.

* Hyatt made a good hands catch on a high-velocity pass over his head coming back towards the quarterback.

* Later in practice, Lock found undrafted rookie free agent Ayir Asante on a touchdown over the top in the middle of the field. It was a perfect throw after Asante found a lot of separation behind the defense.

* Azeez Ojulari got into the backfield on one pass play, which could have been a sack if it were full-speed contact. Boogie Basham knocked a ball down at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Darius Muasau showed off his coverage ability.

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