The New York Giants held their OTA on Tuesday in the East Rutherford rain. Here are some notes from the fourth on-field practice of the spring.
Corey Ballentine progressing
The rookie cornerback, shot in the buttocks in an as-yet unsolved crime that took the life of his friend Dwane Simmons, is doing more and more. Reports indicated that the sixth-round pick did some work during 11-on-11 period in addition to the early-practice individual drills.
“He’s doing what he can do,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Last week he did a little bit more in individual work and today he finally got his first team reps. He looks good moving around and he gets better each day.’’
The shooting took place just a few hours after Ballentine had been selected by the Giants.
Dexter Lawrence at defensive end
Reports indicated that Dexter Lawrence, the 342-pound collegiate nose tackle selected 17th overall by the Giants, was aligned at defensive end during practice. He was with the second team.
That seems odd, to be honest. The Giants, though, had success playing B.J. Hill, a pure run-stuffing nose tackle at N.C. State, as a defensive end in their base 3-4 alignment a season ago. Perhaps they see a similar role for Lawrence.
Patricia Traina reported that Lawrence did get a few first-team reps.
Jackrabbit not in attendance
OTAs are voluntary, so taking attendance really shouldn’t be a major thing. The absence of Janoris Jenkins was noticed, though. Shurmur told reporters that Jackrabbit had checked in, and that he missed the workout to attend a family graduation.
Depth chart stuff
The first-team defensive alignment, without Jenkins:
#Giants first-team defense in base— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) May 28, 2019
DE B.J. Hill
NT Dalvin Tomlinson
DE R.J. McIntosh
OLB Lorenzo Carter
ILB Alec Ogletree
ILB B.J. Goodson
OLB Markus Golden
CB Sam Beal
CB DeAndre Baker
S Jabrill Peppers
S Antoine Bethea
Grant Haley slot, Tae Davis for B.J. Goodson nickel
Your obligatory Daniel Jones update:
Daniel Jones split second-team reps on Tuesday with Alex Tanney. Coach Pat Shurmur thinks the rookie QB is "getting better every day."— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) May 28, 2019
Few other depth chart notes: Spencer Pulley was the first-team center. He's been alternating with Jon Halapio. DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal were the starting CBs with Janoris Jenkins absent. Grant Haley remains the top nickel corner and Tae Davis remains first-team ILB in nickel.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 28, 2019
You would like to think that TV and radio crews in attendance would have plenty of time to get set up before Shurmur steps to the podium for his post-practice press conference. Having been there for these myself, I know, however, that it doesn’t always work out that way.
Eli, Daniel and “covers”
I’m not sure Shurmur really wanted to put this picture of Eli Manning and Daniel Jones in anyone’s heads. But, he did.
Pat Shurmur says Daniel Jones and Eli Manning are similar:— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) May 28, 2019
"They're very calm in their approach, but they're very fiery under the covers"
For our Syracuse fans
Former Syracuse QB Eric Dungey working with TEs and on special teams. Spent most of today's OTA practice in the field house. I'm told the rookie's work being monitored right now after he tweaked his back. He's been in attendance throughout.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) May 28, 2019
NOTE: Yours truly had intended to be in East Rutherford today, but didn’t make the trip as I’m a bit under the weather. So, we’re relying on media reports.