Thursday marked the first session of the New York Giants OTAs that are open to the media.
The Giants, like the rest of the NFL, in “Phase 3” of their offseason program, which began earlier this week. Phase 3 lasts four weeks and consists of 10 days of organized team activities (OTAs), which involve in-person classroom work and (non-contact) 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and full team 11-on-11 drills.
It’s important to remember that while teams would surely like to have full attendance at these practices, they are all voluntary until mandatory Mini-Camp in June. Coaches would surely like to have their whole roster in the building (and under their thumb) for the purposes of schematic installation and building camaraderie in the locker room, but there are some advantages for players who elect to continue their own training until the mandatory phase begins.
Where team staff is responsible for all 90 players on the roster, players working on their own can hire their own nutritionists, trainers, and coaches to take a much more hands-on approach to tailor their programs to evolving individual needs throughout the off-season. Likewise, there’s the opportunity for greater continuity as there can only be so much contact between team staff and players during the off-season.
So which Giants are in the building for today’s open OTA? We don’t have a full list yet, but here is some evidence of who is in attendance, via Twitter:
Lo Carter is here and seems to be moving well.— The Giant Insider Newspaper & Podcast (@GiantInsider) May 27, 2021
Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon having a catch pic.twitter.com/FT6yjhi3F9— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) May 27, 2021
Some #Giants players not in attendance for voluntary OTAs today:— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) May 27, 2021
Some #Giants players that were rehabbing inside: Saquon Barkley, Kyle Rudolph, Oshane Ximines.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) May 27, 2021
Disclaimer that OTAs are voluntary and players could be absent for a variety of reasons. Here are the 25 players I didn’t spot today:— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 27, 2021
By my count, there were 66 players of the 90-man roster on the practice field today. #Giants— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) May 27, 2021
The entire #Giants O-Line was here which is positive. Will Hernandez and Matt Peart were getting snaps next to Nick Gates.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) May 27, 2021