The New York Giants reached the midway point of spring practices on Wednesday, as they completed their fifth of 10 organized team activities (OTAs) at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The team is will return to the practice field on Friday.
Here are the standouts from OTA No. 5:
RB SAQUON BARKLEY: The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year caused his usual havoc, or at least as much as a running back can in non-contact practices. Whether it was a catch, run, or catch-and-run, Barkley made plays all over the field and showed why he is the best safety valve in the league when it comes to the two-minute drill (although the defense ultimately won both periods today). With a year of Pat Shurmur’s offense – and life in the NFL, in general -- under his belt, Barkley looks like a confident, polished vet. Adding to his comfort level this year is the strong state of the offensive line, which has been the focus of general manager Dave Gettleman since he took over in late December of 2017.
“For me, the big things were that we never really had a solidified five on the line until the second half of (last) season,” Barkley said yesterday. “As a running back, it is just getting the feel. Running is like an art. I was talking to the line (on Tuesday). Whether it is an inside zone, outside, whatever kind of run it is, it is just a feel for each other. Understanding, how can I set them up and what kind of blocking do they like to do. Just adding those guys who are pros and have done it at a high level definitely helps, but to be able to have them here now and to be able to have them mesh and start it off early, it is definitely going to help when the season comes along.”
Barkley led the league last season with 2,028 yards from scrimmage, doing so on 261 rushing attempts and 91 receptions. He was asked yesterday about his number of touches, to which he replied that no number is too high for him personally.
“At the end of the day, I know I sound like a broken record, but you will hear this for as long as I am in the NFL, as long as I take care of my body, my body will take care of me,” he said. “I will continue to have my team around me. Obviously, have a great strength staff here and a great training staff here. Have to be a pro outside the facility. Whether it is 350 touches, 400 touches or less touches next year, whatever I have to do to have this team compete for a championship, I am going to do.”
WR COREY COLEMAN: The offense scored three touchdowns in the red zone, each coming from the arm of a different quarterback. Coleman caught the first from Eli Manning, stretching out to make the grab in the back-right corner of the end zone. The former 15th overall pick played his first two seasons in Cleveland and spent time in Buffalo and New England in 2018 before joining Big Blue. He played in the final eight games of the season, catching five passes for 71 yards while making an impact as the primary kick returner.
WR REGGIE WHITE JR.: After Alonzo Russell caught the second red-zone touchdown from Alex Tanney, White made another highlight catch on a pass from rookie Daniel Jones over the middle in the back of the end zone. White, who set Monmouth’s single-season receiving yards record in 2018 and the receptions mark the year before, kept his 6-foot-2, 208-pound body just inside the end line to secure the score. A former All-Maryland defensive back, White was coached in high school by his father, Reggie White Sr., a sixth-round draft pick who played four seasons in the NFL for the Chargers (played in Super Bowl XXIX) and Patriots.
Remaining OTAs: May 31, June 10-13. Mandatory Minicamp runs June 4-6.
View the top images from Wednesday as the Giants take the field for OTA No. 5