Friday’s OTA Review:

Here is a review of Friday’s OTA from ESPNNEWYORK.

From what we saw, Jonathan Goff worked with first team at middle linebacker alongsideClint Sintim and Michael Boley.

Head coach Tom Coughlin says it is still early and linebackers are being rotated.

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TE Travis Beckum had a few catches in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.

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WR Ramses Barden made a leaping catch and held on while falling down in 7-on-7.

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Giants went with Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield, Chris Canty and Mathias Kiwanuka to start on the front defensive line. Osi Umenyiora did sub in and work with first-teamers, sometimes with Kiwanuka on the other end.

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RB Ahmad Bradshaw was initially reported by team as out of OTA but later the speedy running back took a snap and bursted through the line. He continues to work on a limited basis as he rehabs from surgery on his feet and an ankle.

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RB Andre Brown says he is about a week away from doing everything full-speed. He got a lot of work during OTA and was seen cutting. Brown ruptured his Achilles during training camp last year.

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DT Jay Alford, who tore knee ligaments in a preseason game last year, was back on the field in OTA. RB Brandon Jacobs (knee surgery), FB Madison Hedgecock (shoulder), CShaun O’Hara (elbow), G Rich Seubert (shoulder), WR Mario Manningham (shoulder) and LB Gerris Wilkinson (wrist) all participated.

S Kenny Phillips (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (wrist/toe), DT Rocky Bernard (shoulder) and S Michael Johnson (strained quad) did not participate.

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Tuck says first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul reminds him of someone he knows very well.

“Everybody on the football field looks like All-Americans and Pro Bowlers in shorts,” Tuck said. “But I’m excited about his athleticism and his length and he is a very explosive guy. I know Kiwi doesn’t want to hear this but he reminds me a lot of Kiwi when he first came in – very long, very rangy. That can bode well for what we want him to do this year.”

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Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell continues to be a hit with his new players. He was running all over the field and yelling like he did at rookie minicamp.

“The way he attacks the meeting room, on the field, it is all consistent,” Tuck said. “He is the most vocal guy, he is running in and out of the huddles. That is very uplifting. When you see a coach that has that much passion about what he does, it is easy for players to get behind him and try to do the same thing.”

“Obviously we can’t tell how he calls defenses yet because everything in this practice is scripted. We can’t tell how many times we are going to be blitzing and how many times we are going to be in zones. But I can see his passion for the game.”

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Ohio State TE Jake Ballard was excused from OTA because he still has classes to attend according to Coughlin.


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3 Responses to “Friday’s OTA Review:”

  1. nycsportzfan says:

    j.alford, j.goff,k.phillips and aaron ross are gonna play a big part in where we go this season.

  2. viguy007 says:

    It is time for the fans to speak. I have sent the following to the NFL PA. If you agree please send it to your local newspapers and Blogs.

    I am a Football fan. I am also a worker. The players are workers no matter how much they are paid. They are the one’s who take the chance of being injured while they do their jobs. This will be a lock-out, the equivalent of a strike by the owners – not the players. The players have an average work life of under five years. The star players may have contracts in the millions, but most players are not in that category. The owners have profits in the 10’s of millions maybe 100’s, we can not know for sure since the owner’s never were willing to show their books. There is a reason for that. As a lock-out the workers have the right to seek employment in the same field, their contracts are not exclusive under the law in the case of a lock-out. If I worked for the PA, as the owners prepare for the lock-out, I would be preparing to set up an alternate league, arrange to play in public facilities, talk with individual local cable TV channels, get laws passed to give people the right to get PSL’s refunded, and other ways to put pressure on the owners not to lock-out the players and fans. Right now the owners are looking forward to a lock-out since they feel they have nothing to loose.

  3. andrew says:

    once again, the Giants are seemingly stacked with players on both sides of the ball. is it an illusion though is the question.

    glad to hear alford, brown, bradshaw are all making progress.

    if this defense can get back to being versatile and get pressure consistently, its going to be a great year.

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