When evaluating rookies, especially during OTAs, coaches typically look to see who’s comprehending and retaining the information disseminated in the classroom.
They’re also looking to measure improvement from one day to the next. Of course, they're looking to see whose talents fit in with what the club wants to do as well.
That brings us to the first of the New York Giants OTA rookie reports.
As many of the rookies step into the second phase of the offseason, the phase in which the position coaches can work with the players—but no offense-versus-defense drills—now comes the time to show the coaches that they have a working knowledge of what’s expected of them.
Before I go into some observations on the rookies—I’m covering both draft picks and undrafted free agents in this slideshow—I need to mention some disclaimers.
First, the media has had access to one of the OTAs so far (May 29). At that practice, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (first-round pick) and running back Andre Williams (fourth-round pick) were not present due to their participation at last week’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere event.
So while I haven't had a chance to watch them work in person, Beckham and Williams are two players I'll be observing at the next practice that's open to the media.
The other important thing to keep in mind—and I can’t stress this enough—is that there is no live contact or use of pads in OTA practices.
That means we won’t necessarily be able to tell much as far as how the offensive linemen and defensive linemen are doing until they can fully go against each other.
The next open practice session is on Thursday and there is also an upcoming three-day minicamp that will be open to the media.