This didn’t appear like the same old rookie minicamp.
There have been solely 22 gamers on the sphere for the Giants on Friday, and the majority of the 70-minute observe was stuffed with particular person drills. There was no actual semblance of precise soccer, which was by design.
“The first day within the National Football League, the primary day being on the grass, first time in our system and schemes, so actually that is an orientation weekend,’’ head coach Joe Judge stated. “This isn’t a contest weekend, this isn’t a state of affairs the place we’re reducing down the crew this weekend. This is simply get the blokes on the market, get them transferring on the grass, have a look at them, get a greater thought the place they’re bodily. These are guys that haven’t been with a crew now for at least 5 months. All these guys acquired to get in soccer form.’’
There are solely 4 linemen at this camp. The Giants didn’t take an offensive lineman with any of their six draft picks, however they did signal two, Brett Heggie (Florida) and Jake Burton (Baylor), as undrafted free brokers.
“Both these guys had good tape in faculty. They’re each clever gamers,’’ Judge stated. “In phrases of the place they’re proper now in contrast with the place we plan on them being, they’re distant. It’s powerful being in a camp while you’re the one two linemen for the whole length of a day.’’
There are extra offensive line coaches at this camp than there are gamers to educate. That meant with a view to simulate a five-man line, coaches, corresponding to assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson, needed to step in and line up.
There are three veterans — WR Kelvin Benjamin, 30, RB Corey Clement, 26, and RB Ito Smith, 25 — taking part on this camp, all on a tryout foundation. Benjamin, listed as 6-foot-5 and 245 kilos, did some work at tight finish.
“In phrases of Benjamin working totally different positions, we’re going to work totally different guys at quite a lot of issues proper now,’’ Judge stated. “He’s an enormous man. He’s all the time been an enormous receiver. He’ll work receiver. He’s working somewhat bit flex tight finish as effectively. I wouldn’t actually sort of pin him right down to anyone position at this level. We’re going to make use of the weekend to maneuver him round to totally different spots and see how it works out.’’
The two quarterbacks at the camp are Clayton Thorson, who’s on the roster, and Nathan Rourke from Ohio University.
First-round decide Kadarius Toney wore No. 1 at Florida and looks as if a single-digit kind of participant. He can not replicate his jersey quantity with the Giants, as No. 1 is retired for Ray Flaherty, an finish for the crew from 1928-35.
Toney was assigned No. 89 for his first rookie camp and didn’t appear thrilled with it.
“Really wasn’t my alternative,’’ Toney stated, laughing. “At the top of the day, at least I acquired a jersey. It might have went lots of alternative ways. I’m simply grateful to have it. It doesn’t actually matter what quantity I’m. The individual makes the quantity; the quantity don’t make the individual.’’
In addition to Toney not collaborating within the post-practice conditioning operating, cornerback Rodarius Williams, a sixth-round decide, additionally didn’t run.
“I appeared over at the top, and so they have been with the trainers,’’ Judge stated.