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5 Things We’ve Learned From New York Giants’ Early OTAs

5 Things We've Learned From New York Giants' Early OTAs

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OTA practices started earlier this week in the NFL, as the season inches closer and closer to beginning. For the New York Giants, there is new air being breathed into the team and facility with some major turnover in the coaching staff and roster. It is early in the process, but there have still been some newsworthy things taking place. Here are five things we’ve learned from the Giants’ early OTAs.

5. Eli Manning Is A Full Participant

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5. Eli Manning Is A Full Participant

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Manning had ankle surgery seven weeks ago and set OTAs as the time he wished to return. Early prognosis said that was unlikely, but that did not stop Manning as he looks to be ready to go as always. He was a full participant and put in a full day's work for two consecutive days of practice. Manning has not missed a game for the Giants since becoming the starter (knock on wood) and it looks like he doesn’t miss practice time either.

4. David Wilson Takes Part In Practice

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4. David Wilson Takes Part In Practice

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It's been reported that Wilson is not cleared for contact yet by doctors as he recovers from last season’s neck surgery. The Giants are confident he will be cleared to play, but they are preparing for the possibility that he won’t be allowed to return. Giants.com reported that he was working at running back and return man Wednesday in non-contact drills. The fact that he is participating in non-contact drills has to be taken as a positive.

3. WIll Hill Facing 6-Game Suspension

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3. WIll Hill Facing 6-Game Suspension

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The Giants received some bad news as Will Hill will be facing a six-game suspension to start the season after losing his appeal with the NFL. Hill graded out as the second best safety last season according to Pro Football Focus. Stevie Brown will step in as starter, as Hill’s time with the team very well could be over. This was Hill’s third suspension in three seasons since joining the Giants as an UDFA out of Florida.

2. Offensive Line Alignment

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2. Offensive Line Alignment

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Offensive line was a huge problem for the Giants last season, so they put plenty of resources into it this offseason to make sure it doesn’t repeat in 2014. The Giants need to figure this group out early so they can gel and get on the same page. James Brewer, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Chris Snee and Justin Pugh got the first shot. Will Beatty, when healthy, and second-round pick Weston Richburg figure to factor in at some point as well.

1. Jason Pierre-Paul Poised To Bounce Back

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1. Jason Pierre-Paul Poised To Bounce Back

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Pierre-Paul came into OTAs at 275 pounds, down from last year, and has no lingering effects from injuries that slowed him down in 2013. “I feel great. Nothing’s bothering me,” JPP said after Thursday’s practice. With Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph leaving as free agents, JPP knows 2014 is a huge season for him. His play will determine if the Giants make it back to the playoffs and his long-term outlook with the team.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” him on Facebook, or join his Google network