We’re almost halfway through Giants’ voluntary Organized Training Activities (OTAs). The Giants are in week two of OTAs with three practices. This phase of the preseason, non-contact activity will end next week with the final OTA on June 2nd. Already, one major item stands out.

This time last year, under Joe Judge, the attendance at OTAs was barely over 65% of the players. Granted the NFLPA had urged veterans and rookies alike to skip OTAs due to the lack of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). But when you look at the names of the players on the absentee list, you saw basically 17 of the team’s 22 starters not in attendance. Yes, OTAs are voluntary workouts. But that sure hinders any effort to begin to build a cohesive team.

This year, with a new coaching staff, new schemes and plays to learn, and a CBA in place, the Giants’ attendance at 2022 OTAs is nearly 100%. Nearly every player meeting with the media so far has used the phrase “high energy” referring to the coaching staff, meetings, and pace of play in practices. The front office and coaching staff have promised competition at nearly every position, and they’ve assembled a 90-man roster with a significant upgrade in talent as compared to 2021. Already, Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux and RT Evan Neal are practicing with the first units.  The word has spread…”availability” is the best ability.  If you are here, you will get practice reps.  There are the number of players limited right now due to injury recovery.  But they are here and visible during team practices getting those mental reps.

If attendance and energy are any indicators, clearly the entire Giants roster is buying into the plans that Brian Daboll and his coaching staff have laid out for a fresh new program at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

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