Pat Shurmur
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur praises safety Jabrill Peppers for the energy he brings to the organization.

In March, the New York Giants received young safety Jabrill Peppers in a trade that sent star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Receiving Peppers was convenient for the Giants, due to the fact that he was going to be the replacement for Landon Collins. The Giants chose not to franchise tag Collins this offseason and he signed with the Washington Redskins.

After one OTA practice on Monday, the Giants coaching staff is already noticing the great energy Peppers brings to the team. Pat Shurmur made a point to bring it up to the media on Monday.

“He made an impact,” Shurmur said via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “He is the kind of guy that if you don’t know him, I always admired his style of play. Super competitive, loves football and communicates really well. He is really good in coverage. He got his hand on a ball and almost got his hand on two more. He is out there and you can see he is excited about playing football. When you have guys in the lineup like that, it rubs off on other guys.”

Peppers was part of a great defensive play for the Giants in that first OTA practice. Second-year cornerback Sam Beal tipped a pass in which Peppers intercepted, creating excitement for those on the field.

The former Michigan Wolverine will work in the secondary with guys such as cornerback Janoris Jenkins and veteran free safety Antoine Bethea. The opposite cornerback is still yet to be decided. It could be Beal, and it could also very well be No. 30 overall pick rookie Deandre Baker.

The battle for that weak-side corner position should be one of the more upbeat competitions for the Giants this upcoming summer.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.