New York Giants prepare to start OTAs, what to expect

New York Giants, Nick Gates
Aug 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Nick Gates (65) during training camp. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK

The New York Giants are preparing to start Phase 3 of their off-season workout program on Monday afternoon. The organized team activities will commence this week, lasting until June 15. There will be breaks in between specific sessions, but mandatory minicamp doesn’t start until June 8, where the entire team will be present regardless of position or experience.

There are a number of players expected to participate in voluntary workouts, as players around the league have suffered off-the-field injuries, and teams haven’t been so kind with their contracts. Specifically, Ja’Wuan James and DeSean Hamilton have been cut from the Denver Broncos after sustained injuries training on their own, so the players are more incentivized to attend workouts at the facilities to protect themselves and their financial future.

I expect the Giants to host about half of their current starters, as the defensive backs have been training in Tampa Bay with Logan Ryan and his personal trainer. Developing chemistry off the field is essential, and Ryan has played a mentor role and leadership catalyst in helping the youngsters adapt to the NFL.

I anticipate that a majority of the rookies will be in attendance at OTA’s to start, as the media won’t have access until Thursday, so it will be difficult to see what players are in attendance or not. We will keep a close eye on their social media profiles to gauge their whereabouts, but fringe players are more likely to be in attendance based on their desire to make the active roster.

A few players that stand out should be Isaac Yiadom, Sam Beal, and a bevy of depth pieces looking to make an impact in the 2021 season. The Giants will not be handing out starting jobs this year as they did at some positions in 2020, specifically at wide receiver. It is in their best interest to be available for all of voluntary camp, so I anticipate a bigger turnout than some.