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Standout players from OTA practice (5/31)

shepard-center-53017.jpg names three impact players from the team's fifth OTA practice:

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The New York Giants were outside on the practice fields again today at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford. They have a day off from on-field work tomorrow but will pick back up on Friday to end the week.

Here are three players who stood out on Wednesday:


The two-time Super Bowl MVP aired it out a lot today. He connected with wide receiver Tavarres King for a pair of touchdowns, including a deep one down the right sideline that caught the defense off-guard. King was wide open, and Manning laid it in. The two later hooked up for another touchdown from the red zone. In addition to finding second-year wide receiver Sterling Shepard a number of times on Wednesday – we'll talk about him next – Manning hit Roger Lewis down the left sideline for the longest play of the day. Like King, Lewis is fighting for reps in a deep receiving corps.


Shepard's top priority this offseason is to increase his yards after catch. The sophomore is confident that he'll be able to do so with a year working with Manning under his belt. It showed today as the two found each other throughout practice, beginning with the first play of the day. Shepard later made a great, sliding catch over the middle. Those are the types of plays that build trust between quarterback and receiver. Shepard made a number of them in the clutch last season.


While the first two standouts were on the offensive side of the ball, the defense really won much of the day. The man in the middle of it all was linebacker B.J. Goodson, last year's fourth-round pick out of Clemson. Like running back Paul Perkins, Goodson is part of a group of players looking to break out in their second season. Goodson, who played mostly special teams as rookie, is now the traditional middle linebacker, which was manned by Kelvin Sheppard last season. Goodson continues to build confidence in barking out orders and calling out adjustments. That was particularly evident today as the defense clamped down during a heavy practice.

View the best photos from Wednesday's OTA practice

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