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Giants morning report: Back to work! OTAs begin Monday for Giants

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New York Giants headlines for Monday, 4/20.

The Giants begin OTAs today. The aim? Building toward another one of these.
The Giants begin OTAs today. The aim? Building toward another one of these.
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Football is back! Well kinda, sorta. At least the first glimmer that the 2015 NFL season will get here eventually is here. That is because veteran members of the New York Giants gather for the first time on Monday when offseason training activities (OTAs) begin at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Players were taking to social media over the weekend to talk about getting started preparing for a new season.

OTAs are voluntary for players and are divided into three phases and governed by strict rules in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Here is what is allowed in Phase One, which is the strength and conditioning phase.

Phase One activities shall be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. During Phase One, only full-time or part-time strength and condi­tioning coaches, who have no other coaching responsibilities with the Club, shall be allowed on the field; no other coaches shall be allowed on the field or to otherwise par­ticipate in or observe activities. No footballs shall be permitted to be used (only "dead ball" activities), except that quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided they are not covered by any other player. Players cannot wear helmets.

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