The New York Giants returned to the field on Wednesday for the second day of mandatory minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here are today’s standouts:
WR CODY LATIMER: Latimer is becoming a favorite of Eli Manning in the red zone. For the second day in a row, the two connected on a touchdown from close range. Today’s came during a “blitz” period of team drills. Latimer scattered a handful of other catches on passes from Manning throughout practice. Signed this offseason, Latimer was a second-round draft choice by the Broncos in 2014. He played behind the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and now he’s teamed up with Odell Beckham Jr. and company.
“[The installation has] been going well,” offensive coordinator Mike Shula said after practice. “Our guys have been really into it. They have had a good look in their eye all offseason, which is what we would have expected. We still have a ways to go, but as we think back to where we’ve come from, we’ve come a long way. So we’re just going to keep trying to get better, we have one more day tomorrow and then get ourselves ready for training camp.”
S ANDREW ADAMS: The defense dominated for much of the morning with plays like the one Adams made shortly after Latimer’s touchdown in the red zone period. Manning was trying to find second-year tight end Evan Engram, another one of his favorite red zone targets, in the end zone. But Adams played it perfectly to break up the potential score. With Landon Collins sidelined, Adams and Curtis Riley have been seeing much of the first-team reps at safety. Adams has played in 30 games with 17 starts for the Giants since making the team as an undrafted rookie in 2016. Meanwhile, Riley, a former Titan who signed with the team this offseason, is making the transition from cornerback to safety.
LB ALEC OGLETREE: The linebackers continue to rack up the pass deflections this spring. Whether they’re blitzing or dropping back in coverage, players at the position have been disrupting the passing lanes for quarterbacks. Today, Ogletree showed his vertical and blocked a pass in what looked like a basketball play. Fellow inside linebacker B.J. Goodson had another one shortly after Ogletree’s play. Ogletree, the defensive quarterback, will have the radio in his helmet this season, but Goodson will also help relay the calls coming in from the sideline.
“B.J. does an excellent job of relaying the message as well,” Ogletree said. “So we definitely bounce off each other in relaying the message to the defense, and it definitely helps me out a lot. And I think it helps him out, too.”
Remaining schedule: The team wraps up spring football tomorrow. Coach Pat Shurmur and players will speak to the media following the third and final practice of mandatory minicamp.