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Who stood out at Giants OTAs? (5/22)

The New York Giants held their second of 10 OTA practices on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here are the standouts from OTA #2:


Under new head coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning is learning another offense as he enters his 15th NFL season.  The 37-year-old quarterback showed there is still plenty left in his arm today and went deep a handful of times, including long completions to wide receivers Cody Latimer and Hunter Sharp.

Manning spread the ball around all morning, beginning with a red-zone touchdown to second-year tight end Evan Engram to start the day. He also hooked up a few times with tight end Rhett Ellison and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who had a nice highlight grab today. 


Latimer, who signed with the Giants this offseason, was the primary beneficiary of Manning's big day. His number was called plenty of times throughout practice with Odell Beckham Jr. on the sidelines. Latimer, a former second-round draft choice by the Broncos in 2014, played behind the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in his first four years in the league. Now he is trying to carve out a role on the Giants' roster with wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who was his position coach in Denver. 

"It's been great," Latimer told before OTAs. "I've been with Tyke my whole career. Being able to move here with him has been amazing. I'm glad they put their trust in me and to bring me here. It's been great learning this new offense. It's very explosive, throwing the rock around and getting well-adjusted to it. I've been in a couple offenses so it is something that catches on easy for me. It is an everyday process. We are all still learning and started at ground zero. We're doing a good job and everything is coming together."


With two-time Pro Bowler Landon Collins recovering from surgery to his forearm, the Giants have been rotating their safeties this spring. After undrafted rookie Sean Chandler put the group on the board Monday with an interception, Thompson notched another today off a tipped ball by linebacker Thurston Armbrister. Thompson, who was limited to just two games as a rookie in 2016, started all 16 games for the Giants last season. 


Sharp has seen time running with the first offense while Beckham rehabs, and he made a number of quality catches today, including one against starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Sharp spent time with the Eagles and, more recently, the Broncos before joining the Giants' practice squad toward the end of last season. 


As they enter their 12th season in the league, Gay and long snapper Zak DeOssie are the most experienced Giants on the roster behind Manning. Gay showed his veteran savvy and intercepted Davis Webb going the other way late in practice. Gay, who signed with the Giants in early April, has never missed a game since being drafted by the Steelers in 2007.

Remaining OTAs: May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7. Mandatory Minicamp is June 12-14.

Photos from the Giants second OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center