The New York Giants held their seventh of 10 OTA practices on Monday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. This is their third and final week of OTAs before mandatory minicamp, which begins next Tuesday. Here are the standouts from OTA No. 7:
CB ELI APPLE
If it were a game, Apple saved the Giants 14 points. The third-year cornerback broke up two potential touchdowns, both on passes from Eli Manning. The first was intended for Sterling Shepard, and the second was headed for Hunter Sharp during work in the red zone. Apple keeps stacking together quality practices this spring in a new defense.
CB JANORIS JENKINS
Head coach Pat Shurmur would have thrown the red flag when the practice referees ruled Jenkins out of bounds for an incompletion instead of an interception. Either way, the veteran cornerback made a great play in the corner of the end zone during red-zone drills, outjumping wide receiver Cody Latimer in the corner of the end zone. Jenkins maintained possession, but the referees on the field said his second foot was out of bounds.
“Yeah, [Apple’s] was a good play. Then we saw Jackrabbit [Jenkins] make a nice interception in the back of the end zone,” Shurmur said following practice, before he had a chance to review the tape. “The ball was thrown well, everyone was in a good position and he made a nice play on it. That’s a good thing. But then earlier on, Sterling made a couple nice plays, so that’s where when you look at it or point to a play or two, but within a practice you see them kind of getting after each other and we don’t tally the score at this point. We’re just looking for guys to compete and work hard against one another so that we can all get better.”
TE EVAN ENGRAM
Manning tends not to waste any time getting the second-year tight end involved in practice. The two hooked up on the first play of the day and took off from there. What has to be pleasing Manning is the reliability of Engram in the simulated blitz periods. Engram, who made the PFWA All-Rookie Team last season, is looking to build on a promising first year as he continues to build on the chemistry he has with the 15-year veteran.
“The fact that we have a pass-catching tight end is something that is very valuable to a team,” Shurmur said, “because now a defense has to decide when you have two tight ends and him being one of them, him being Evan, that are they going to stay base or play nickel? And then the chess game begins from there.”
WR ROGER LEWIS
Lewis and backup quarterback Davis Webb started the week with a pair of highlight plays. On the first one, Lewis made a nifty, one-hand grab. On the other, they hooked up for a big gain down the sideline on a nice throw-and-catch.
LB B.J. GOODSON
Goodson, who is now playing as an inside linebacker next to newcomer Alec Ogletree in the new 3-4 scheme, made a great play in coverage today. The third-year pro showed his reflexes and broke up a pass over the middle from Manning. It was one of a few other noteworthy plays. Linebacker Mark Herzlich and undrafted rookie cornerback Aaron Davis also broke up passes, Davis’ coming late in practice in the end zone. Quarterback Alex Tanney had a long completion to wide receiver Alonzo Russell, and Webb also hit Travis Rudolph for a red-zone touchdown.
Remaining OTAs: June 5-7. Mandatory Minicamp is June 12-14.