MAY 25, 2017 NEW YORK GIANTS OTA PRACTICE REPORT…
The Giants held their third voluntary organized team activity (OTA) practice on Thursday. No live contact is permitted during OTAs, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.
The seven remaining OTA practices will be held on May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, and June 8-9. A mandatory mini-camp will be held on June 13-15.
INJURY REPORT AND ABSENTEES…
Tight end Rhett Ellison (soreness), safety Darian Thompson (recovering from lisfranc injury), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (recovering from torn ACL) did not practice.
Cornerback Eli Apple (thigh or hamstring) left practice early with a wrap around his leg.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., defensive end Olivier Vernon, and defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa were no-shows for the voluntary OTA.
Odell Beckham to me from LA: “I love my team & am excited about the season.” At future OTAs? “No comment." I'd expect him at mandatory camp.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) May 25, 2017
Some snippets from various media sources:
- The first-team offensive line was Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, John Jerry at right guard, and Bobby Hart at right tackle.
- The second-team offensive line was Michael Bowie at left tackle, Adam Gettis at left guard, Brett Jones at center, D.J. Fluker at right guard, and Adam Bisnowaty at right tackle.
- With Odell Beckham, Jr. absent, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard “started” but Tavarres King also saw quite a bit of time with the first unit.
- The second-team quarterback was Josh Johnson.
- First-team defense included defensive ends Jason Pierre Paul and Romeo Okwara; defensive tackles Robert Thomas and Damon Harrison; linebackers Devon Kennard, B.J. Goodson, and Jonathan Casillas; cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple; and safeties Landon Collins and Andrew Adams.
- Stansly Maponga, who was at defensive end last season, saw snaps at linebacker.
- Mykkele Thompson saw reps at cornerback.
- Wide receiver Brandon Marshall beat cornerback Janoris Jenkins deep for a long touchdown. Later, Jenkins broke up a pass intended for Marshall.
- Tight end Evan Engram was spotted lining up in multiple positions.
- Wide receiver Darius Powe made a nice catch from quarterback Josh Johnson.
- Donte Deayon saw work at nickel corner.
- Quarterback Josh Johnson hit wide receiver Dwayne Harris in stride over the middle for a touchdown.
- Place kicker Aldrick Rosas was sharp, including nailing one from 50 yards out with plenty of distance to spare.
- Linebacker Mark Herzlich saw reps at tight end and made a catch down the seam from quarterback Davis Webb. Tight end Evan Engram also made a nice catch from Webb.
GIANTS CUT ISHAQ WILLIAMS AND RAHIM MOORE…
The New York Giants officially announced on Thursday that the team has signed unrestricted free agents defensive end Devin Taylor (Detroit Lions) and safety Duke Ihenacho (Washington Redskins). To make room for these two, the Giants waived/injured linebacker Ishaq Williams and terminated the contract of safety Rahim Moore.
Williams was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016 and the 53-man roster in December 2016. He did not play in any games. The Giants originally signed Williams after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2016 mini-camp. Williams had been out of football since 2013 after being implicated in an academic dishonesty scandal at Notre Dame.
Moore was signed by the Giants to a reserve/future contract in January 2017. Moore was originally drafted in the 2nd round of 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. The Giants pursued Moore in free agency in 2015 before he signed with the Houston Texans, who waived him in March 2016 after he was benched for the bulk of the season. Moore signed with the Browns last year but he did not make the team.
GERALD HODGES SIGNS WITH THE BILLS…
Unrestricted free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges (San Francisco 49ers) has signed a 1-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. Hodges visited the Giants on Wednesday.
VICTOR CRUZ TO SIGN WITH THE BEARS…
Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (2010-2016) will sign a 1-year contract with the Chicago Bears. The Giants cut Cruz in February.
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:
- QB Josh Johnson
- QB Geno Smith
- WR Brandon Marshall (Video)
- WR Sterling Shepard (Video)
- DT Damon Harrison (Video)
- CB Janoris Jenkins (Video)
- Brandon Marshall makes positive first impression on Ben McAdoo, Giants by Tom Rock of Newsday
- Victor Cruz torches Giants: They sabotaged my career by Zach Braziller of The New York Post
GIANTS SIGN DEVIN TAYLOR AND DUKE IHENACHO…
Multiple media sources are reporting that the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agents defensive end Devin Taylor (Detroit Lions) and safety Duke Ihenacho (Washington Redskins).
Taylor was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. In four seasons with the Lions, Taylor has played in 61 regular-season games with 18 starts, 16 of which came in 2016 when Taylor accrued 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one pass defense, and one forced fumble. The 27-year old Taylor is a big end (6’7”, 275lbs) with good overall athleticism. However, he never lived up to expectations in Detroit.
The 27-year old Ihenacho was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Denver Broncos after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Redskins claimed him off of waivers from the Broncos in August 2014. Ihenacho spent most of 2014 (broken foot) and 2015 (dislocated/fractured wrist) on Injured Reserve. Ihenacho started 10 of 15 regular-season games in 2016, being credited with 66 tackles and two pass defenses. In his five NFL seasons, Ihenacho has not intercepted a pass. Ihenacho has a nice combination of size (6’1”, 208lbs) and athleticism, but his development has been sabotaged by injuries. He flashes against both the run and pass but also has proven to be inconsistent in both areas.
GERALD HODGES UPDATE…
The NFL Network is reporting that unrestricted free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges (San Francisco 49ers) visited the New York Giants on Wednesday. It was reported earlier that Hodges was visiting the Giants on Tuesday.
Hodges was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in October 2015. In four NFL seasons, Hodges has played in 54 regular-season games with 26 starts. Hodges started 12 games in 2016 and finished the year with 83 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. The 26-year old, 6’2”, 236lb defender is good run defender who does an adequate job in pass coverage.
NEW YORK GIANTS OTA PRACTICES…
The New York Giants held their first two Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices on Monday and Tuesday. Those practices were not open to the media or public. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTA practices. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
The team’s remaining OTAs will be held on May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, and June 8-9. A mandatory mini-camp will be held on June 13-15. Thursday’s OTA practice will be open to the media.
Giants.com has provided the following notes and video highlights from the OTA practices:
- OTA practice notes and observations (5/22)
- Standout players from OTA practice (5/22)
- (VIDEO) Highlights from OTA practice (5/22)
- (VIDEO) First Look: Brandon Marshall suits up for Giants
- OTA practice notes and observations (5/23)
- Standout players from OTA practice (5/23)
- (VIDEO) Watch highlights from OTA practice
- 3 things to watch as Giants begin OTAs by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record
- 5 top position battles to watch as Giants start OTAs, including middle linebacker by Dan Duggan for NJ.com
- Examining Giants’ QB plan with Eli Manning, Davis Webb, Geno Smith by James Kratch for NJ.com
- Giants’ Odell Beckham misses first OTA session, source says by Dan Duggan for NJ.com
- Odell Beckham Jr., a no-show at Giants workout, not a concern by Tom Rock of Newsday
- What Odell Beckham’s Giants no-shows could mean by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
- Odell Beckham Jr. practiced with Johnny Manziel, according to a report by Tom Rock of Newsday
- Odell Beckham doesn’t seem to care how bad this looks by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
- Odell Beckham hasn’t grown up by Steve Serby of The New York Post
- Sneaker Giant: Nike likely has big plans for Odell Beckham Jr. by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record
- Giants rookie Evan Engram makes strong first impression on veteran teammates by Dan Duggan for NJ.com
- Continuity has Justin Pugh optimistic about Giants’ offensive line by Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com
- Justin Pugh on Giants offensive line: ‘We’ve got to do a better job’ by James Kratch for NJ.com
- How Devin Taylor and Duke Ihenacho likely fit with the Giants by Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com
- Mark Herzlich’s tight end experiment helps at 2 positions by Ethan Sears of The New York Post
- Giants raving about kicker who’s having ‘one of most memorable offseasons’ by Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com
- Rashad Jennings just the latest Giants player to shine in pop culture world by Neil Best of Newsday