The New York Giants have just wrapped up their 2019 Optional Team Activities today and the young guys really stood out! There has been tremendous progress across the board and it is great to see! Lets go over the biggest headlines surrounding the Giants OTA’sEmbed from Getty Images
Daniel Jones Coming Along Nicely and The Rest of The Rookie Class Makes Impact
The #6 Overall pick is having himself a decent off season thus far. He has had some really nice throws showing off his great anticipation and underrated arm strength. But what stood out most from Jones is his ability to tuck and run the ball, something Giants fans are not accustomed to seeing. Daniel Jones also impressed many of the coaches with his ability to quickly pick up the offensive schemes, Head Coach Pat Shurmur even saying “I think Daniel has done a good job of getting up to speed with all the things you have to do at the line of scrimmage, which in a lot of ways there are some things that are very different from what he did in college.”
With Jones progression at its current trajectory he will be ready to step into the starting QB role whenever he is given the opportunity. Pat Shurmur also raved about rookie burner Darius Slayton out of Auburn. Slayton was dubbed the most improved player of the off season and his game breaking speed will prove useful for this Giants offense. Slayton, who had a case of the drops in Rookie Mini Camp has completely turned it around. He finished out OTA’s by getting reps with the first team offense.
With Slayton’s speed and blocking ability he could factor into the Giants plans immediately. DeAndre Baker also showed why the Giants traded up to snag the corner back. Despite not being able to really use his hands and physicality on the outside Baker showed his elite cover ability. Baker was all over the field deflecting passes, he will only get better once they put pads on because Bakers game is a physical one and he loves to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.Embed from Getty Images
Jabrill Peppers Will Be a Force On This Defense
Jabrill Peppers was acquired in the OBJ trade and the former first rounder is ready to make a name for himself in the big apple. Peppers is a swiss army knife on D, He will fill in at Strong Safety for Landon but will be shifted all over the place. In this aggressive James Bettcher defense Jabrill’s athleticism will be utilized to the max an he’s LOVING IT! He is quoted saying “Playing various spots, populating the ball, dropping back in coverage. Me and [safety Antoine Bethea are two interchangeable guys. We can definitely mix up the looks, hold disguises, things like that. It should definitely be fun”.
The coaching staff and players cannot stop raving about this dude’s leadership and how natural it is. Peppers thrives in the role and his coaches are impressed with the 3rd year players command for respect. This intangible skill will be the most impact as once again Peppers must fill in the “giant” hole left by Landon in the leadership department. I didn’t even mention the game breaking ability he brings to punt returns! I’m very excited to see Jabrill Peppers this season and you should be too!Embed from Getty Images
Is There a QB Controversy Brewing In New York?
The Giants used their first pick and sixth overall on QB Daniel Jones officially putting the Eli Manning era in NY on a time limit, but how long does Eli have left? Jones has flashed the ability that made him such a high pick as well as the ability to run the ball which Eli can’t really do. Eli Manning has been under intense scrutiny and often brought up as one of the worst starting QB’s in the league in recent years.
The two time super bowl MVP is not quite ready to relinquish his starting job and the Giants coaching staff and management think Eli can still compete at high level this season. Shurmur did name Manning his starter but he didn’t completely rule out the possibility of Jones being the Week One starter stating “anything can happen”. I personally think Jones should at least wait until the Giants Bye Week to make his debut because I think he needs to still improve and learn. You don’t want to rush a guy who could potentially lead you for the next 10+ years.Embed from Getty Images
Look For Lorenzo Carter To Make A Big Leap This Year
Lorenzo Carter was one of my favorite draft picks last year because I remember being in awe of his athleticism at Georgia. He didn’t play much in 2018 but he’s looking to make a BIG impact in 2019. He spent a lot of time this off season getting better and Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher is raving about him ” “A year ago he was trying to get off the ball as quick as he could and use his hands when he could. Now, you see a guy that is aware of how he wants to rush, aware of techniques that he wants to rush with.
Guys that get in there as pass rushers, you see their best growth in the two and three years. You start to figure out what they are as rushers. He is really starting to figure that out. He is building his pass-rush toolbox right now.’’ I love to hear this because that means he’s about to start becoming a real head ache for opponents. I am hyped to see if this guy can emerge as a top option for the G-Men this season so watch out for Lorenzo Carter, he’s coming!