Breaking Down the Top Story Lines of the Upcoming New York Giants OTAs

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Breaking Down the Top Story Lines of the Upcoming New York Giants OTAs
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This week, the New York Giants finally kick off the third and final phase of their offseason program. They'll run three (out of 10 total) OTA (organized team activity) practices, as allowed by the CBA prior to their three-day mandatory team minicamp June 17-19.

So what happens during an OTA, a schedule of which you can find at NFL.com for not just the Giants, but for every NFL team as well?

For starters, it’s the only phase of the three-part offseason program in which the offense can practice against the defense. 

There are some limitations, though. The two biggest are that there are no pads or live contact allowed.

What is allowed are 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

Okay, so if no pads are allowed and no live contact is allowed, just what can one expect to learn from these activities?

B/R’s Matt Bowen wrote an excellent article on this very same topic which is well worth the read, but to give you a snap shot, there are four primary areas that are usually worth watching.

These include technique work, playbook install, player strength and conditioning, and how well the rookies seem to be are fitting in, and whether or not they are making any glaring mistakes.  

I’ll also add to that list the injury factor, as at these workouts, you can finally see how much, if any, work, the players who had offseason surgeries able to work.

That, in turn, leads to the other key element, and that is lineups. Who's running with the starters? How does the rest of the depth chart look?

All of these questions are usually answered during the OTA practices (which are not open to the public, though the media is granted access to one workout per week leading up to the minicamp.

Now that you know what to expect of the OTA period, in this article, I’m going to preview what I think will be some of the top Giants storylines as far as what to watch for over the next few weeks.  

If there are any others you're interested in reading about when I do my first OTA report later this week, be sure to let me know in the comments section below.

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