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Sideline View: Practice observations (4/26)

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Giants.com brings you practice notes and observations straight from the sidelines:

A short practice on Day Three of Voluntary Minicamp. Here are some overall observations over the three days and what I saw specifically today:


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• Overall, I would say the defense got the better of the offense over the three days of practice, but much like on day three, the offense came on again today at the end of practice in red zone drills. Davis Webb completed four touchdown passes in those drills to Kalif Raymond, Travis Rudolph, Marquis Bundy and Jerell Adams.

• It was a good finish for Webb after he airmailed a few passes early in practice. For the week, he made some throws with excellent velocity that were nearly perfect, but also was off-target on others. Webb did show off his arm on one play, zipping the ball so fast to Travis Rudolph that it got him in the face mask before he could get his hands up. Anyone taking a lot out of what Davis Webb does in his first practices in a new offense, throwing to receivers he isn't super-comfortable with while wearing no pads is not seeing the forest from the trees. This is the very beginning of a long process.

• Nice play by Jeremiah McKinnon on a fade route getting his head around at the last minute and knocking a pass away. Donte Deayon made a nice play on a ball in the end zone as well, getting his hand on the ball and knocking away a pass on an in cut. Earlier in practice, Deayon jumped a wide receiver screen that would have been a touchdown going the other way if Webb didn't adjust late and throw the ball high instead. William Gay had a nice deflection on a pass intended for Sterling Shepard as well.

• Eli Apple had a nice third day, knocking away a number of passes, including some in the end zone. It was good to see his enthusiasm and how excited his teammates were when he made a play.

• Rhett Ellison had a beautiful one-handed catch near the sideline but it didn't look like he got both feet down. After running out of bounds, the agility he showed avoiding a water cooler was also impressive.

• BJ Goodson flashed in coverage, knocking a ball away in the end zone. Goodson moved well in space throughout the week and looks healthy.

• Throughout the week, I was impressed with the hangtime on punts by both Giants punters, I Riley Dixon and Austin Rehkow.

• If I had to choose one standout throughout the three days of practice, it was Jerell Adams. He made some nice hands catches on some difficult balls, and got some separation against safeties. His combine numbers in 2016 were great and there's a chance this is the year he puts it all together.

• Wide receiver Hunter Sharp has shown a lot of speed to get behind the defense throughout camp, even if he didn't come down with a lot of catches due to some overthrows.

• Two coaches drew my attention. Secondary coach Lou Anarumo was getting on his players about mistakes and encouraging them after nice plays after nearly every play. He is a very active coach between plays during practice. Some defensive coordinators hang back and let their position coaches do a lot of the coaching at practice, but James Bettcher isn't one of those guys. He was coaching up the players early and often.

• I'm still not used to the Giants having the offense wear blue and the defense wear white. It has always been the opposite since I started working for the Giants in 2007. I wonder if that will stay consistent throughout the spring, summer and regular season.

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