Brian Daboll makes brilliant OTAs call to bring in NFL legend to work with WRs

The New York Giants wide receivers got mentorship from an NFL legend at OTAs on Thursday
New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts
New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts / Luke Hales/GettyImages

The NY Giants were surprised by an NFL legend who stopped by their most recent OTA session to mentor the team's wide receivers. Former Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr. attended the Giants' Thursday morning practice, which got many New York supporters excited on social media.

Jalin Hyatt and Malik Nabers were seen chatting it up with the five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The legendary receiver worked with the young receivers and ran drills during practice in preparation for this season.

Smith has a history with Giants' general manager Joe Schoen from their time together in the Carolina Panthers organization and has maintained a good relationship with head coach Brian Daboll. We expect to see the legendary wideout at a few more practices this summer, and hopefully, his influence and guidance will rub off on the Giants' young receiving corps.

The Giants first-round pick will benefit the most from Smith's guidance

The Giants prioritized the wide receiver position this offseason, selecting Nabers in the first round of this year's NFL Draft at No. 6 overall. Smith spoke highly of the LSU wideout during the pre-draft process, and now, getting to watch the former NFL star work intently with Nabers has been fun for Giants fans.

Nabers and Smith share similar play styles, as both are physical, fast, and can make plays after the catch. These attributes are a valuable skill set to have in the NFL today. As long as Smith is around Giants practices, Nabers should be able to retain more information from the NFL Network analyst and former wideout, who has 16 years of experience at the professional level.

Smith also worked with Hyatt during Thursday's OTA session. The second-year wide receiver is looking for a breakout campaign with the Giants this season after showing flashes of success and showcasing his speed in 2023. Let's just say if Hyatt and Nabers have breakout campaigns in 2024, the Giants may be looking to call up Smith about the potential of joining the coaching staff down the road.