The New York Giants enter the final week of OTAs Monday with a practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The Giants will practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week, with today's practice session being open to the media.
The Giants will hold a mandatory mini-camp from June 16-18 and will then be off until training camp begins in late July.
What story lines should we be watching for this week? Here are five. Let us know what you are looking for.
We will be looking to see if there are any changes in the status of injured players like tight end Larry Donnell (Achilles tendinitis), defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) and safety Nat Berhe (calf). Berhe, in particular, is losing valuable practice reps.
Tight end competition
The fight for roster spots here is going to be one of the most interesting going right through the preseason. Jerome Cunningham stood out last week. Who will step forward this week?
Offensive line progress
Yes, of course this has to be monitored. Word last week was that Ereck Flowers was taking extra reps at left tackle. Let's see if that continues, and let's see if the Giants do anything differently this week.
It is, of course, never a good idea to get overly attached to players based on what they do in shorts and t-shirts during OTAs. At many of the skill positions you can get an inkling of players to really keep an eye on during training camp. Cunningham, as we mentioned, has stood out during OTAs and is one of those. Adrien Robinson might be another. Corey Washington is having a nice spring, and getting some reps with Eli Manning as he bids for a roster spot in a crowded wide receiver field. Second-round pick Landon Collins has been impressive.
Let me know if there are specific players you want me to keep an eye on during Monday's OTA.
The Giants cut linebacker Ryan Jones over the weekend, and now have a roster spot to fill. Will there be any new players on the field with the Giants this week. There is, of course still a ton of speculation in the fan base about offensive tackle Jake Long. After torn ACLs in back-to-back years we don't know how healthy Long is. Also remember that Long has some control here as he is a free agent and can wait for what he thinks is the right situation.