The Giants’ eighth OTA is in the books. Morning rain gave way to partly sunny skies on a cool, breezy day at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Here’s what I saw from the sideline:
*It wasn’t an eventful practice. There were few big plays, and defensive backs were sticking to their wide receivers. There weren’t a lot of open players running through the defensive backfield.
*During half-line passing drills, Eli Manning, Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta all threw beautiful deep balls that were right on the money.
*The timed two-minute situation was among the shortest of the spring session. The offense got the ball on its 48-yard line, down three points, with no timeouts, and only 14 seconds left on clock. Rookie Daniel Jones went first with the second group, and started with a completion to Coleman to the defense’s 39-yard line. The offense rushed to the line and snapped it to spike it with four seconds remaining. There was a procedural penalty on the offense that resulted in a 10-second run-off and the defense won the situation. A penalty like that is a great learning experience and exactly why the team practices these situations in the offseason. If the spike was executed properly, Aldrick Rosas would have had a 57-yard field goal attempt for the tie.
*Tanney was given the second set of reps in the situation period. He completed two quick passes to the sideline that stopped the clock with four seconds remaining and the ball on the 33. Rosas would have had a chance to tie with a 51-yard attempt.
*The Giants worked on their plays inside the five-yard line for six plays after the situation period. The defense allowed only one touchdown, and that was called back by a pick pay called offensive pass interference.
*It has happened very organically, but it looks like Jones is now taking all the snaps with the second team, leaving Tanney and Lauletta to split third-team reps.
*Impressive rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton got some reps with the first team.
*Safety Jabrill Peppers was active, with good coverage on a deep ball during half-line drills, and a tackle for loss on the first run of drive.
*We’ll be back with coverage of the Giants ninth OTA tomorrow.