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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Some thoughts on Giants OTAs

By Dan Graziano

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: