Photos from the Giants final practice of mandatory minicamp
Next stop: training camp.
The New York Giants wrapped up their nine-week offseason program on Thursday with the third and final day of mandatory minicamp. While it was a shorter practice than the others, this was the last chance for players to get some work in and leave a good impression until training camp. Rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans will report on July 22 before the whole team comes together on July 25.
"[It was] a very productive offseason," coach Pat Shurmur said. "I told the players we've come a long way, but we've got a long way to go in all areas."
Here are the standouts from the final practice of spring:
QB DAVIS WEBB: The second-year quarterback ended the spring on a high note. Taking some reps with the first team to give Eli Manning a break, Webb ran in for a short touchdown on a nice play design and then hit tight end Rhett Ellison for another goal line score right after that. Webb was good to his tight ends today, again hooking up with Ellison later on for a long completion before throwing another touchdown strike to Kyle Carter.
"I think he has improved every day," Shurmur said. "I think he's got an outstanding skillset – big, strong, can throw, saw today he can run around. He's gotten more and more comfortable with what we are doing, so he has made steady improvements through spring."
WR TRAVIS RUDOLPH: Rudolph came out of the woodwork today and made a couple of nice plays, including a touchdown catch from rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta during a goal line period. Lauletta, a fourth-round draft choice, connected with Rudolph another time during a blitz period. At this time last year, Rudolph had days like this to help him make the team as an undrafted rookie. He initially landed on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster and playing in seven games with one start. He caught eight passes for 101 yards last season.
TE RHETT ELLISON: Lunda Wells, who was previously the team's assistant offensive line coach and has been with the organization since 2012, has quite a one-two punch in his first season as tight ends coach. Evan Engram, the All-Rookie from a year ago, and Ellison, the veteran, complemented each other well this spring. Ellison made a handful of catches at every practice, and Thursday was no different. Ellison, who played under Shurmur in Minnesota, credits the coaching staff for how fast the team is learning the new scheme.
"He keeps it simple," Ellison said of Shurmur earlier this month. "He kind of has a good way of explaining it and he has coaches that all know the system very well. Like bringing in [offensive coordinator Mike] Shula, who's been in this system and stuff like that. So there's just a lot of years, a lot of experience teaching this system."