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Sideline Notes: Giants OTA No. 2

The second OTA is in the books. Here's what I saw from the sideline:

After an 80-degree day for the first OTA on Monday, it was much cooler today with temperatures in the low 60s and strong winds that made it feel like the high 40s.

  • Despite the winds that made for less than ideal conditions to pass the ball, there were some exceptional throws. Eli Manning hit wide receiver Sterling Shepard on a perfectly thrown deep ball for a long touchdown during the team period. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones also had a couple of really nice throws, including a perfect toss after stepping up in the pocket to wide receiver Russell Shepard.
  • Jones was given a handful of snaps with the second team today during a couple of periods, with Alex Tanney moving to the third spot.
  • There is no live contact during OTAs, so line play is difficult to judget, but edge rushers Markus Golden, Kareem Martin and Oshane Ximines were spotted around the quarterback. Defensive tackle B.J. Hill had what would have been a pair of tackles for loss on Saquon Barkley runs. Linebacker Alec Ogletree found himself in the backfield on both run and pass plays. Ogletree also had the lone interception of the day in one-on-one drills.
  • Tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers were lined against each other all day. Peppers will not face a faster or more elusive tight end during the year, making his work against him invaluable. Peppers just missed an interception on the first play of one-on-ones when he undercut Engram on a route towards the sideline. Engram put a wicked double move on Peppers later in one-on-one drills.
  • At the end of practice the team worked on getting to the line of scrimmage quickly to run a play after a call that could potentially be challenged by the defense. They were efficient in getting the play off.
  • Sterling Shepard is proving to be the most difficult wide receiver to cover. His quickness and elusiveness makes it tough on defensive backs, especially with no contact allowed at the line of scrimmage. Russell Shepard displayed his veteran savvy by calling out defensive blitzes based on formation and how players were setting their feet.
  • There was some friendly trash talk between the defensive backs and wide receivers during the one-on-one portion of practice. It keeps the energy level high, which is a good thing.

View the top images from Monday as the Giants take the field for OTAs

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