Photos from the Giants' sixth OTA practice
The New York Giants held their sixth of 10 OTA practices on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It was their final one of the week. Big Blue hits the field again Monday through Thursday of next week. Here are the standouts from OTA No. 6:
CB DONTE DEAYON: It was another good day to be a member of the Giants' secondary, which took advantage of the steady rain falling during the outdoor practice. While he did not account for either of the two interceptions – the two names below did – cornerback Donte Deayon set the pace and scattered a handful of deflections throughout practice. The 5-foot-9, 163-pound Deayon, who played in four games last season, is a spark plug in the locker room and gave the team a jolt in the final practice of the week.
CB CURTIS RILEY: The defense clamped down during the two-minute drill to end Thursday's practice, starting with a great play by veteran William Gay to break up a deep pass from Eli Manning intended for Sterling Shepard down the sideline. On the next play, Curtis Riley, who signed with the Giants this offseason, grabbed an interception for the second day in a row. Yesterday's also came late in practice and was assisted by Deayon, who tipped the ball. Riley has played in 11 career games, all with the Titans over the last two years.
LB THURSTON ARMBRISTER: In the running for the best name on the team, Thurston Armbrister scored the first interception of the day on a deflected pass during a blitz period. Armbrister flashed his skills in coverage before today. In OTA No. 2, he redirected a pass that led to a Darian Thompson interception. Armbrister, who originally went undrafted out of Miami in 2015, first signed on in Jacksonville, where he played in all 16 games with three starts as a rookie. He then joined the Lions the following year and played in 14 games (two starts), in addition to one postseason outing. Armbrister did not appear in any games last season as he was on and off the Lions' practice squad before joining the Giants in January.
TE RHETT ELLISON: The thunder to Evan Engram's lightning, Rhett Ellison is reminding people that he can catch the ball, too. While he can't do much as a blocker during OTAs, he's making the most of the non-contact rules and showing his hands. He had a great catch down the middle from Eli Manning, who on the play before hooked up with, who else, Engram. Ellison knows new head coach Pat Shurmur better than most of the Giants on the roster. The Vikings originally drafted Ellison in 2012, which was Shurmur's final season as head coach of Browns. In 2016, Shurmur arrived in Minnesota as Ellison's position coach. Eventually Shurmur took over as interim offensive coordinator during his first season in Minnesota and then assumed full-time duties in 2017, when the Vikings advanced all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
"With Shurmur, he just does a really good job of utilizing the talent and the skills that he has on a team," said Ellison, who played in all 16 games with 14 starts in his first season with the Giants in 2017. "He's not going to force you into a play if it doesn't fit the personnel. So it's hard to say exactly what [the offense is] going to look like, but with my time with him in Minnesota … what I noticed was he was able to get playmakers the ball in unique ways. That's kind of his thing. He keeps it simple. He keeps it so you can play fast. It has kind of depended on the players what happens on Sunday."
Remaining OTAs: June 4-7. Mandatory Minicamp is June 12-14.