The Giants’ first week of OTAs is in the books, with the third session coming on Thursday morning before the Memorial Day Weekend. It was the first indoor practice of Phase 3, as rain forced everyone into the indoor facility.
Here’s what I saw from the sideline:
- The energy level was sky high and everyone was very enthusiastic, as the offense and defense were noticeably invested in executing against one another. It was great to see.
- The practice featured red-zone and goal-to-go work in both team and seven-on-seven. That meant the quarterbacks, receivers, and the back half of the defense had to be precise in everything they did. It was a good day for the wide receivers to work on their short-area footwork, including getting two feet in on the end line and sideline.
- Cornerback Sam Beal made a couple of nice plays on the ball. No one seems to get very open on DeAndre Baker. The young outside cornerbacks are showing promise and ability, and their development will continue in training camp as they figure out how much contact they can get away with beyond five yards.
- It was a big day for the tight ends, especially Evan Engram, with quarterbacks finding them down the seam often. Golden Tate also had a big day with several catches in traffic, and a deep post that may have gone for a touchdown.
- The “situation” portion of practice was a tough challenge for the offense. They needed to score a touchdown with only 56 seconds on the clock, starting on their own six-yard line with no timeouts. Eli Manning led his team down for a touchdown on a nice pass to wide receiver Bennie Fowler III. The defense won hen the second and third units were on the field.
- Manning was sharp with a couple of terrific throws, including the aforementioned post to Tate that could have gone for a score. He also hit Evan Engram on two downfield looks that would have been big plays. Engram has looked very difficult to cover so far during OTAs.
- Rookie Dexter Lawrence was a presence in the blitz period from his 3-4 end position, and linebacker Markus Golden was active in the backfield again.
- By my count, Aldrick Rosas was 6-for-8 on his field goal attempts, with misses from 37 and 47 yards.
- For most of the week, including today, it was Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Corey Coleman and Jabrill Peppers handling punt return.
- Undrafted free agent Jake Carlock out of LIU Post is an intriguing prospect. He is listed as a defensive back at 6-3 and 225 pounds, but he is working out with the edge rushers.
- The Giants have a healthy rotation at inside linebacker, and there should be an open competition for who starts next Alec Ogletree and who plays in nickel situations.
- The running back rotation is interesting. Saquon Barkley is taking reps with the first team, while Rod Smith and Paul Perkins split second-team reps. Jon Hilliman, an undrafted rookie from Rutgers, is getting most of the third team reps.
View the top images from Giants practice on Thursday as 2019 OTAs continue