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Practice Report (6/4): Notes & observations from OTA No. 8


The Giants were on the field for their 8th OTA of spring on Tuesday.

* After two consecutive strong practices for the defense, the offense hit its stride on Tuesday, starting with the 7-on-7 session early in practice, where Deonte Banks closed late on a deep pass to knock the ball away. Later in the period, Daniel Jones proceeded to rattle off four straight completions. The exclamation point was a deep ball to Isaiah Hodgins that traveled more than 40 yards in the air and hit him in stride heading towards the sideline. Jones continues to progress in his rehab from ACL surgery and looks up to speed whenever he gets the chance to throw the football.

* The offense consistently created completions throughout the team portion of practice. Theo Johnson continues to be involved in the aerial attack, catching multiple passes all over the field. He looks like the athlete that put up ridiculous testing numbers at the NFL Combine. What sets him apart, however, is his size to go along with his speed. He has a wide frame and huge catch radius that allows him to make catches against smaller defenders and makes him an easy target for quarterbacks. He caught a bullet on a seam throw during team drills that showed how his skills could develop in the Giants offense.

* Bryce Ford-Wheaton continues to impress on his way back from the season-ending knee injury last year. He has the speed to create separation, but he also has the frame to make plays against smaller defenders. He caught a number of passes throughout practice, including a deep ball down the middle of the field. He also came up with a back-shoulder throw later in practice.

* Rookie wide receiver Ayir Asante made a tough catch in the middle of the field, plucking a throw out of the air just before it hit the ground. You can see the slot receiver skills from the Franklin Township native. Wide receiver Dennis Houston got over the top and came up with a big reception on a deep pass from Nathan Rourke.

* It was a very spirited practice between the offense and defense, with wide receivers and defensive backs going back and forth with each other throughout. The wide receiver group had their wins, but so did the defensive backfield. Deonte Banks was close to a couple passes that fell incomplete. Darnay Holmes broke up a pass towards the end of the second team session, and then another on the final play of practice. Meanwhile, newcomer Elijah Riley prevented a deep reception in the final plays of practice.

* A contingent from the Yankees, including General Manager Brian Cashman and senior advisor Omar Minaya, were in attendance chatting with the Giants front office brass at practice and then at lunch. Knicks Executive Vice President and Senior Basketball Advisor William Wesley (World Wide Wes) was also in attendance. Baseball and basketball are very different sports than football, but there are always things front offices can learn from each other in terms of team building.

* Wednesday is a day off with the final two OTA's on Thursday and Friday.

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


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