Check out the action from the Giants 9th OTA practice
The New York Giants held their second-to-last OTA practice of the spring on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. This is their third and final week of OTAs before mandatory minicamp, which runs Tuesday through Thursday of next week. Here are the standouts from OTA No. 9:
QB ELI MANNING: The defense won the first half of practice during team periods, but the offense came on strong in the seven-on-seven drills in the red zone. That's where Manning threw three consecutive touchdowns to tight ends Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison and wide receiver Hunter Sharp. Engram, who made a nice play in the back-right corner of the end zone for the score, scattered a handful of other receptions from No. 10 throughout the day.
LB B.J. GOODSON: Known as more of a thumper, Goodson has flashed his coverage skills this spring. He did so again on Tuesday, swatting away a short pass from Manning intended for Engram at the goal line. The 3-4 linebacker corps seems to be finding its groove. Rookie Lorenzo Carter also broke up a pass today, and just yesterday fellow outside linebacker Olivier Vernon had an interception.
WR ALONZO RUSSELL: One of two wide receivers taller than 6-2 on the roster (Marquis Bundy is the other), Russell caught two touchdowns today. On the first, he made a great play and tiptoed across the end line in the middle of the field to secure the pass in bounds. Signed by the Giants in mid-May, Russell went undrafted out of Toledo in 2016 and first landed with the Bengals. He spent the last six weeks of the 2017 season on the Cardinals' practice squad.
QB KYLE LAULETTA: The rookie fourth-round draft choice had one of his best days of the spring. He was on the throwing end of Russell's first touchdown during team period, and racked up a handful of nice completions while working with the third unit behind Manning and Davis Webb, who threw a touchdown to Roger Lewis today. Meanwhile, Alex Tanney, the fourth quarterback on the roster, also had a productive day. He tossed Russell's second touchdown and shortly after hit Bundy for another score during seven-on-seven work in the red zone.
S MICHAEL THOMAS: In a short span early in practice, Thomas was in position to blow up a run (there is no contact during OTAs), almost had an interception on a tipped ball, and broke up a pass. This came a day after Thomas, known primarily as one of the best special teams players in the league during his time with the Dolphins, intercepted Manning in the end zone. Cornerback Grant Haley, an undrafted rookie and former teammate of Saquon Barkley at Penn State, also had a great pass deflection in the corner of the end zone on a pass from Webb intended for wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, who is four inches taller.
Remaining OTA: June 7. Mandatory minicamp is June 12-14.