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Xavier McKinney, Kayvon Thibodeaux team up for takeaway at OTAs


The New York Giants returned to the field for organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday. They have Wednesday off from practice before resuming action on Thursday, when coach Brian Daboll and players will also speak to the media. After that, the remaining OTAs are May 23-24, May 26, and May 31-June 3. Mandatory minicamp is June 7-9.

Here are the highlights from OTA No. 2:


*Opposite of Monday, the Giants conducted most of their team reps outside of the red zone and worked on the intermediate game near midfield. However, they did take a few snaps from close range, and two former Bills connected for a score when Tyrod Taylor found running back Matt Breida in the end zone.

"Every year I've got something to prove," Breida said when he signed with the Giants this offseason. "I came into this league undrafted. I guarantee a lot of people didn't think I would be on year six right now, so I'm going to keep going for as long as I'm able to play and allowed to play. I'm blessed every day to play this game. I'm just very fortunate."


*Rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux generated the play of the day. The fifth overall draft pick tipped a pass straight up in the air, and safety Xavier McKinney came down with the interception. McKinney, who was tied for the NFL lead among safeties with five interceptions last season, ran the ball down the right sideline. Thibodeaux was asked last week at rookie minicamp about defensive coordinator Wink Martindale turning him loose.

"It's all about creating trust," Thibodeaux said. "Once he trusts in me that I know the playbook, and that I'm going to be available every Sunday, that I can live up to those expectations, then I feel he'll be able to cut whoever loose as long as they have that consistency and trust."


*Wide receiver David Sills racked up the catches, including the offensive play of the day on a deep reception from Taylor. Sills, who started his career as an undrafted rookie in Buffalo in 2019, is embarking on his fourth season with the Giants. He made his regular-season debut last season, starting one of four games he played.

*Rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson, a second-round draft choice out of Kentucky, was used early and often, catching multiple passes from Daniel Jones on Tuesday.

"Just my quickness and my versatility," Robinson said at rookie minicamp about his strengths. "You never really know where I'm going to line up. Just being able to do a lot of different things, a lot of different things with the offense is what I try to do."

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson made plays all over the field today and broke up a handful of passes.

*Rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers, a sixth-round draft choice out of Cincinnati, also got a hand on a pass.

*Safety Yusuf Corker forced another incompletion after the undrafted rookie out of Kentucky intercepted a pass in his first OTA practice.

*Cornerback Darnay Holmes prevented a touchdown and broke up a pass in the end zone.

Catch up on all the action with photos from OTA No. 2 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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