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Practice Report (6/7): View from the sideline


The Giants completed their 10th and final OTA on Friday. Next week, mandatory minicamp will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, which will be the last time we see the team's veterans before they report for training camp at the end of July.

* The Giants only had one competitive period with Tommy DeVito and Nathan Rourke taking a combined ten snaps. Most of the veterans and players that have taken turns with the 1's throughout the Spring only did individual drills and then walked through plays for the final half of practice. There were still some highlights for the offense. Lawrence Cager had a pair of catches, including a deep one down the left sideline that he caught over the top.

* John Jiles had a leaping grab on a pass from Rourke. Allen Robinson caught a pass in the flat and quickly turned it up field for what could have been a long run after catch.

* Given the shorter practice today, I will empty my notebook on some of the other drills the Giants have been working through over the past week. It's been fun watching new Special Teams Coordinator Michael Ghobrial work with his large group. They've done a ton of punt coverage and return work as the team tries to identify its gunners for this season. He has also introduced the new kickoff rules to the team as they work on how they want to block for the returner and cover on those plays.

* Shane Bowen makes his way to all the position groups on defense as he installs his system and makes sure all the players know how he wants their position groups to play. He is not a screamer and likes to pull players aside after plays and teach. He also isn't hesitant to put himself into drills, playing the role of offensive players to help train his defense. The secondary seems to have caught on quickly to what he wants them to do. During Thursday's practice, he worked with the linebackers on their gap assignments based on the look the offense gives them.

* Mike Groh continues to train the wide receivers. Earlier this week, they were working on drills specifically designed on back-shoulder throws. When players have speed to win over the top like the Giants' wide receiver corps has, those types of throws can be helpful to counter defenders trying to always stay behind receivers.

* The tight ends were working on their combo blocks with offensive tackles earlier in the week. I like the way Carmen Bricillo brings the entire team together at different times to work on blocking, whether it's the tight ends to gain chemistry with the tackles, or the quarterbacks and running backs to work on pass protection and communication with the center and rest of the offensive line. Veterans Jermaine Eluemunor and Jon Runyan Jr. have both been eager to spread their wisdom and help coach up their younger teammates.

* I really liked the enthusiasm between the offense and defense as OTAs wore on. Head coach Brian Daboll calls this portion of the year a teaching period, but the players were very competitive. The defensive backs and wide receivers were not shy about letting the other group know when they thought they won on a play, period or practice day. Nothing ever got chippy, but the energy was great as both sides of the ball took pride in their success.

View all of the top photos from the Quest Diagnostics Training Center as OTAs come to a close.


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