Some thoughts on Giants OTAs

June, 5, 2014
Jun 5
3:15
PM ET
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- I know everyone gets excited that these things are going on, but there really isn't much of substance to see at New York Giants organized training activities (OTAs). They're wearing helmets but no pads and they can't hit each other, and anyone who's trying to draw substantive conclusions from non-contact practices in early June is kidding themselves, plain and simple.

Coach Tom Coughlin said of the new offense that coordinator Ben McAdoo is installing, "It looks like my grandchildren with soccer when they first played." But he wasn't saying it out of any sort of frustration or disappointment. He was simply recognizing that it's very early in this process and everyone still has a lot to learn.

Anyone who's watched young kids play soccer knows what he's talking about. They swarm around the ball wherever it is because they haven't yet learned where they're all supposed to be in relation to it. Same thing here. This is making-of-the-sausage stuff. By September, when the games count (heck, by August, when the games don't count but are on TV), things are bound to look smoother. They have no direction in which to go but that one.

Specific things of note from Thursday's practice, which was open to the media:
  • Brandon Mosley worked at right guard with the starting offensive line. Coughlin said it was a scheduled day off for Chris Snee, who's recovering from multiple surgeries and watched from the sideline. The starting center was J.D. Walton once again, with Charles Brown starting at left tackle for a rehabbing Will Beatty. Beatty worked on the side with a trainer and could be seen hopping on his surgically repaired leg as part of one exercise.
  • Running back David Wilson worked, again, in non-contact drills, primarily returns. Coughlin said of Wilson's Wednesday diagnosis, "It's not a negative report as far as we're concerned. Probably right where it should be at this point." The hope remains that Wilson will be cleared for contact by the start of training camp next month, but until he is, he's not, and it can't be assumed he ever will be. Everyone's encouraged about Wilson right now, but they need to be 100 percent sure he's safe before they put him back on the field. Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis and Andre Williams got lots of running back work. Williams looks like a bit of a chaotic runner -- lot of arms and elbows flying around. Likely needs to refine his technique, as you'd expect.
  • Damontre Moore jumped offsides once, so... you know... midseason form there.
  • Quintin Demps and Trindon Holliday both looked like a lot of fun on kick returns. Speed can still show up, even in non-contact practices in June. Holliday also got a fair bit of work at wide receiver with first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. out with a hamstring injury.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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