The New York Giants opened up their annual organized team activities (OTAs) today at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center with a workout closed to the press.
OTAs are phase 3 of the offseason program and do not allow for pads or live contact. The offense can work against the defense in 11-on-11, 7-on-7 and 9-on-7 drills.
Although the practice was not open to the press—the media will have access on Thursday—there were some interesting notables to emerge from today’s workouts, highlights of which you can see from a video posted on the team’s website.
After initially stating during his pre-draft press conference that quarterback Eli Manning would “miss spring ball,” general manager Jerry Reese and the rest of the Giants got a pleasant surprise as Manning, seven weeks removed from ankle surgery, was back under center taking snaps with the first team.
Giants.com team correspondent Dan Salomone reported that Manning took quite a few of the first-team snaps today, a plus considering that the team is trying to install a new offense.
Running back David Wilson, who continues to rehab from offseason neck surgery, was also spotted taking a snap or two with the offense and working on special teams as a returner and in offensive drills in the video posted by the team.
There has been no official word as to whether Wilson has finally gotten the medical clearance from doctors to begin engaging in the contact aspect of things—that topic is sure to come up during tomorrow’s press conference with head coach Tom Coughlin.
However, even if he hasn’t received the clearance, it doesn’t matter now anyway since no live contact is allowed during OTAs and there appears to be no risk of him re-injuring his neck by simply running around.
Left tackle Will Beatty, who is recovering from a broken leg, didn’t work today. He was replaced on the first team offensive line by James Brewer.
Speaking of the offensive line, Salomone reported that the first team consisted of Brewer at left tackle, Geoff Schwartz at left guard, J.D. Walton at center, Chris Snee at right guard, and Justin Pugh at right tackle.
The second-team offensive line consisted of left tackle Charles Brown, left guard Brandon Mosley, center Dallas Reynolds, right guard Weston Richburg, and right tackle Troy Kropog.
Richburg, drafted as a center, told reporters last week that he would work at guard. The team is apparently grooming him to serve as a contingency plan at right guard in case Snee doesn’t make it all the way back.
A couple of other notables from the video posted on the team’s website include:
- First round pick Odell Beckham Jr and Rueben Randle were spotted fielding punts.
- Eli Manning looked to be working on his three-step drop, a staple of a West Coast offense. One video clip showed Manning quickly dropping back three steps and hitting Beckham in the flat.
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