Let’s look at a few things worth paying attention to
The New York Giants hold their first OTA on Monday morning, and media has access to practice and a select handful of players.
Here are five storylines to follow during the OTAs.
Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Coach Pat Shurmur said Manning had “no reaction” when he was told the Giants were drafting Jones. You know, though, that he had one. Good, bad, indifferent, he had one.
If he is made available to media on Monday, Manning will be asked a plethora of questions about Jones. His reaction to the selection, how he sees his role, the idea of being a mentor, is it uncomfortable knowing Jones was drafted to succeed him, how the two are getting along. Most likely, he will answer all of the questions without making any waves.
That, simply, is Manning.
The two will also be closely watched during practice. How do they interact? Does Jones ask questions? Does Manning offer help?
Guaranteed, we will all be tired of the Manning-Jones topic soon enough.
Offensive line alignment
When the Giants signed Mike Remmers you figured that there were, perhaps, two competitions for starting spots on the offensive line. Right tackle, where Remmers would appear to be a prohibitive favorite over Chad Wheeler. Center, where Jon Halapio will probably get the job over Spencer Pulley.
What, though, will the absence of left tackle Nate Solder (ankle surgery) for spring practices do? The guess here is Wheeler aligns at left tackle and preps to be the Giants’ swing tackle, backing up both Solder and Remmers. If it’s not Wheeler, I honestly have no idea. I don’t see a better left tackle option on the current roster.
How are the puppies coming along?
Referring to all of the young cornerbacks on the roster, Giants GM Dave Gettleman said at the draft that veteran Janoris Jenkins has some “puppies to train.”
We get our first look at those puppies lined up against veteran wide receivers on Monday.
There will be a couple of things to watch. How they do, of course. Also, how they are aligned. Will DeAndre Baker work with the first team? Julian Love? Will we see Corey Ballentine practice? What will Sam Beal look like?
Will any UDFAs step forward
Every tear a few undrafted free agents shine in the spring. Some go on to make the roster and become key contributors. Most fade into oblivion after a brief moment in the sun.
Which UDFAs will emerge this year? There are certainly some interesting ones on the roster. Defensive end Jake Ceresna, out of the CFL. Long-snapper/linebacker Jack Carlock from DIII LIU Post. Guard Austin Droogsma, who never played college football. Punter Ryan Anderson. Monmouth wide receiver Reggie White Jr. Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad. Eric Dungey, the former Syracuse quarterback being looked at for a quarterback/tight end role.
Who will emerge? Which undrafted guys make the roster? We start to get some clues about that on Monday.
The passing attack
One practice in May isn’t going to give us an answer, but the question is how that part of the offense will develop with Odell Beckham Jr. now an ex-Giant. We get our first glimpse Monday morning.