It was the last day of school at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The New York Giants concluded a nine-week offseason workout program on Thursday, holding their 10th and final OTA practice before veterans go on their summer break. Rookies stick around for an extra week and will report back on July 22, two days ahead of the rest of the team.
Here are the standouts from OTA No. 10, which featured a heavy workload for the second and third groups on both sides of the ball:
QB DANIEL JONES: The sixth overall pick finished strong, completing a handful of pinpoint throws at the indoor practice. He opened with an impressive pass to Rhett Ellison on the left sideline before connecting with Scott Simsonson, another tight end, for a touchdown during red-zone drills. His best play went to wide receiver Bennie Fowler, who got enough clearance down the middle of the field and Jones hit him in stride. That’s how you finish spring practices and set the stage for training camp.
“I think I made a considerable amount of progress since I have gotten here,” Jones said. “I should have. That is the way it is supposed to go. I still have a considerable amount to do, but I am making progress every day and where I am is certainly better than where I started. … I think for everyone, training camp is the next opportunity to improve as a player. I am looking forward to that and to getting back and taking those steps. I think everything will be ramped up a little bit in training camp. I think that’ll be the next step in the process and the next step to improve.”
TE SCOTT SIMONSON: Simonson led a big day for the tight ends, kicking it off with a tough touchdown catch at the goal line. Jones put it where only Simonson could get it over the middle, and the fifth-year tight end looked it in for the score. Simonson and Jones hooked up again for a big gain on the left side, where Simonson made a nice catch that excited his offensive teammates, namely the vociferous Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard.
WR BENNIE FOWLER: Fowler put together as strong a spring as anyone, capping it today with a masterful, over-the-shoulder catch between defenders down the middle of the field on a deep pass from the rookie Jones. The wide receiver competition is shaping up to be one to watch at training camp after players like Fowler made a lot of plays this spring. Fowler spent his first three seasons in Denver before bouncing around to Chicago, New England, and ultimately to the Giants in the middle of last season. He played in the final 10 games, making five starts and catching 16 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown.
Other plays of note: S Kenny Ladler came on strong down the stretch this spring and had another pass deflection today…Sure-handed TE C.J. Conrad added another touchdown for his position during red-zone drills...WR Cody Latimer made a nice one-handed catch on a ball from QB Alex Tanney, who also hit WR Darius Slayton on a deep ball down the middle…Rookie CBs DeAndre Baker and Corey Ballentine each had a PD…And that will do it until training camp.
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