New York Giants: 3 notable takeaways from OTAs

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The New York Giants are deep into their organized team activities (OTAs), offering several significant insights as they prepare for the upcoming training camp. At the forefront is quarterback Daniel Jones, who appears on track to return by Week 1 of the regular season. He’s been participating in non-contact drills, signaling rapid progress in his rehabilitation.

However, the Giants are not simply allocating roster spots; they’re fostering an environment of competition, crucial for a team in the rebuilding phase. This approach ensures that every player earns their place, which is fundamental for a team aiming to solidify its foundations and improve.

Emerging Connections and Competition for the Giants

1. Daniel Jones: Securing His Role
Daniel Jones has been demonstrating promising chemistry with new teammates, particularly with Malik Nabers, the Giants’ impressive sixth-overall pick.

Nabers, who had a standout final season at LSU with 14 touchdown receptions and over 1,500 yards, could become a pivotal figure in the Giants’ offensive strategy. While Jones shows potential in practice, there is a growing desire to see these performances translate into game situations, especially given his significant $40 million annual salary.

Sep 17, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up prior to facing the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up prior to facing the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsCredit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

2. The Rise of Malik Nabers
Nabers has been a revelation during OTAs, displaying phenomenal speed and route-running capabilities. His skills after the catch have particularly dazzled onlookers, positioning him as a key offensive weapon for the Giants in 2024.

With Nabers locked in for five years, including a fifth-year rookie option, his cost-controlled status is a considerable asset, especially when compared to recent market signings like Justin Jefferson and the anticipated deal for CeeDee Lamb.

Steve Smith, center, is a two-time former All-Pro NFL wide receiver assisting with the NY Giants this spring. Here he works with Jalin Hyatt (13) and rookie Malik Nabers (9) in East Rutherford, NJ on Thursday May 30, 2024.
Steve Smith, center, is a two-time former All-Pro NFL wide receiver assisting with the NY Giants this spring. Here he works with Jalin Hyatt (13) and rookie Malik Nabers (9) in East Rutherford, NJ on Thursday May 30, 2024. | Credit: Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORKCredit: Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

3. Offensive Line Adjustments
The battle for the starting right tackle position is heating up, with Evan Neal currently holding the spot but facing strong competition from Jermaine Eluemunor.

Under the guidance of new offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo, the Giants are keen to improve their pass protection, which is critical for offensive growth. Neal’s development has been hindered by injuries and inconsistent play, making this an area of focus for Bricillo as he aims to stabilize and enhance the line’s performance.

Overall, the Giants are making strategic moves during their OTAs, setting the stage for a potentially transformative season if these developments continue into the regular games.

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