Takeaways from day one of Giants rookie mini-camp

The rookies, including all 11 draft picks, were on the field Friday for Day 1 of the New York Giants rookie mini-camp. It was not, however, a high intensity practice where you could clearly see players like Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal and Wan’Dale Robinson showing off their skills.

It consisted of shorts and t-shirts, much of it at a step-by-step pace. There were 14 7v7 snaps thrown, but even those weren’t exactly high intensity.

So what were the Giants trying to accomplish? Head Coach Brian Daboll explained the purpose of mini-camp to rookies this way:

“It’s for you [players] to know us, we to know you. There are only a few days where we will do stuff on the pitch. There is a long way to go, as they can see,” Daboll said.

“I think it’s really important, especially for some of the guys on trial to really minimize the package, not move around and change gears and do all these crazy things. Just see who can play there and maybe we will find some guys in terms of test guys.

Mutual respect

After the draft, Giants third-round pick Cor’Dale Flott, a cornerback, said Giants second-round pick Wan’Dale Robinson was the hardest wide receiver to cover in the university. On Friday, Robinson returned the favor.

Giants rookie safety Dane Belton, a fourth-round pick from Iowa, played Robinson for three years in college.

“He’s a very quick player, he comes in and comes out of his breaks really well,” Belton said. “I think he’s an electric player.”

Robinson caught a few balls from quarterback Brian Lewerke in 7-on-7 drills, including short grabs on three straight plays.

Robinson and Flott have faced each other several times.

Robinson also worked as a punt returner. I probably shouldn’t mention that he dropped the first ball kicked at him.

bring the juice

Asked about No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux, Daboll said:

“It’s been good getting to know him. You have so many different meetings. You end up at the combine. Come here. You meet him. He’s a good young man. I have a lot of energy “Even there we walked around not long ago, he brings some juice. Good sense of humor. I appreciate him.”

Thibodeaux brought some of that juice to his post-workout presser.

Thibodeaux was asked about the $50,000 donation he made to Puppies Behind Bars to get Giants placekicker Graham Gano’s No. 5 jersey.

“He’s a great guy. Before we even started trading, we really got to know each other. That’s the biggest part of being a teammate, joining someone’s family, getting to know them. Get some wisdom from her. Been in the game 13 years or so. Lots of wisdom. He was able to give me a lot of wisdom; we were able to make it work,” Thibodeaux said.

“And the military was important to me, my grandfather was in the military. He’s a military kid, looking for a way to give back, to do something positive. We get that.

Who is QB?

The Giants haven’t signed any undrafted quarterbacks, nor brought any on tryout. That left Lewerke, who spent the last year on the practice squad, as the only quarterback at mini-camp.

Except for general manager Joe Schoen, who spent time playing QB and throwing to receivers on individual drills.

For what it’s worth, Schoen can fly off the rails a bit.

A note from Kadarius Toney

No, the second-year wide receiver wasn’t at mini-camp. He wasn’t supposed to be. However, he was questioned and Daboll said Toney has attended every practice since he showed up for the voluntary offseason program on April 25.

“I really like him. He’s smart. Again, you’re not really — you’re doing things. A lot of them are on air and stuff like that,” Daboll said. But you can tell he has instinctive football. It has been a pleasure to be around. Good teammate. Intelligent. It was awesome.

Replace Bradberry

Daboll was vague about whether or not the Giants had the player(s) on the roster to replace recently released cornerback James Bradberry.

“We have a lot of guys today and rookie camps and tryout stuff. We had guys here yesterday, really all camp, Phase II. The guys work hard. Good group. Take it day by day,” he said. “We will work with the guys we have. We will try to add and sometimes replace guys if other guys are better. Truly a day-to-day process.


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