Organized team activities prohibit full contact. No one is hit the ground. They are mundane exercises for linemen and those who are paid to hit people.
So who does the focus shift to? The quarterbacks and the wide receivers. The Giants are endowed with both, so OTAs these days can end up being fun.
Odell Beckham Jr. is a walking highlight reel. Just watching him run routes is exciting. He has challenged the Giants' new cornerbacks, free agent Janoris Jenkins and first-round draft pick Eli Apple, who have both gotten a dose of the record-setting Pro Bowler. On a side note, Jenkins and Apple have performed as advertised thus far.
Another Pro Bowler, Victor Cruz, is being brought along with kid gloves after missing a season and a half to knee and calf injuries. Head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters Cruz is scheduled to practice in earnest once training camp begins in late July.
But there are others who have opened some eyes. Second-round pick Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma is expected to see extensive action in his rookie season. He is currently being "rolled in" to the offense, according to McAdoo, but Shepard has shown great hands and it won't be long before he's won the full confidence of quarterback Eli Manning.
Geremy Davis, a second-year player out of UConn who is known for his size (6-foot-2, 216 pounds) and strength, is pushing hard to stay high on the depth chart. He is currently either third or fourth depending on who you ask. Giants.com's Dan Salomone reported the following:
The Giants still have Dwayne Harris, primarily used as a kickoff returner last season, and Harris may end up seeing more time on offense now that the kickoff return has all been eradicated by the new touchback rules.
But some other receivers are gaining attention. Former Georgia standout Tavarres King seems to be catching on after stints with four other NFL clubs. He was classified as a project coming out of UGA in 2013, and perhaps the light has gone on here with the Giants.
"The Georgia product lit up today's highlight reel with a pair of long touchdowns from Ryan Nassib," Salomone wrote on Tuesday. "On the first one, he split two defenders with a sliding catch down the right sideline. He wasn't touched, so he popped back up in one motion and ran into the end zone. Later in practice, Nassib heaved another to King going the other way on the left sideline. The ball hung up in the air for a while before landing in the 6-foot-1 receiver's basket near the 10-yard line. King was able to catch it in stride and run it in the rest of the way for a touchdown."
Salomone also pointed out the exploits of two UDFA wideouts, Roger Lewis of Bowling Green and Darius Powe, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder who was on the other end of Jared Goff's salvos at Cal the past few seasons.
The Giants have a lot of depth at wide receiver this summer, and the competition will be interesting one to watch.