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GIANTS' PERRY FEWELL: CHASE BLACKBURN IS STARTING MIDDLE LINEBACKER, BUT THERE WILL BE COMPETITION (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_perry_fewell_chase_blac.html)

"It's been one of the looming questions surrounding the Giants this offseason:
Who will be the middle linebacker?


That's usually been followed by: Does it even matter?</p>


The most notable competition heading into the season will be who emerges as
the team's two-down middle linebacker in the base set. Fewell said it is Chase
Blackburn's spot now, but that can change. He expects Mark Herzlich, Greg Jones
and traditional outside linebackers Michael Boley and newcomer Keith Rivers to
compete for the position. </p>


Fewell emphasized that Boley has the ability to play the role, but it's up
for grabs.</p>


"Whoever can take the bull by the horn and lead us will have the opportunity
to step up to the plate," Fewell said. </p>


Last season, the Giants played a sizable amount of packages with three
safeties, having just two linebackers on the field and leaving a traditional
middle linebacker off of it. Fewell said the team would like to continue
providing a does of three-safety looks, but he believes the personnel in place
at linebacker allow them to be more creative.</p>


"We might have to redefine [the middle linebacker position] a little bit as
we continue to evaluate what offenses are continuing to do in the national
football league," Fewell said. </p>


* * *</p>


Rookie minicamp practices are usually displays of confusion, inefficiency and
organized chaos as players attempt to learn on-the-fly. So it's not a surprise
that one of the camp's standouts for the Giants has been a non-rookie. </p>


Cornerback Brandon Bing, who spent last season on the Giants practice squad,
<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/former_rutgers_cornerback_bran.html">had
himself a strong couple days of camp</a> and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell
was impressed, enough to create a nickname for the 5-foot-9 Rutgers product:
"Bada" Bing.</p>


"It's not a surprise because he's enthusiastic," Fewell said today. "He
worked last year on the practice squad and then coming into this camp he's shown
what he can do. We're excited about him competing for one of those jobs this
spring and going into the fall. And he's picked up where he left off from
practice, the playoffs, etc."</p>


* * *</p>


Julien Talley knew the Victor Cruz comparisons were coming. It's too easy.
Both are from New Jersey, both attended UMass, both went undrafted and both
signed with the Giants. </p>


Talley isn't against it. If anything, he agrees: Talley believes he's the
same type of player Cruz is. </p>


"We're one in the same type player," said Talley, who is wearing the same No.
3 Cruz wore when he first got to the Giants. "We can stretch the field, get in
and out of routes; speedy guys in the slot that can make plays."</p>


Talley said "five or six" teams contacted him after the draft and got offers
from at least three, but he chose the Giants he felt "comfortable" with the
organization. </p>


* * *</p>


Seventh-round draft pick Markus Kuhn is not participating in camp because of
a leg laceration he received while helping a friend move. The cut happened as he
was carrying a box and a knife stuck through and sliced him. The cut required
stitches. </p>


* * *</p>


Former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson said on Friday that he was participating
in Giants minicamp <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/veteran_c_jamaal_jackson_tryin.html">to
see what he had left in the tank</a>. Apparently, he didn't have much.</p>


After participating in both of yesterday's sessions, the eight-year veteran
told the Giants that he decided to retire.</p>


"He just said, 'Coach, I just don’t feel like my heart is in it,'” Tom
Coughlin said."</p>

VETERAN WIDE RECEIVER LIMAS SWEED STRUGGLES IN GIANTS' MINI-CAMP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/veteran_wide_receiver_limas_sw.html)

"Considering he was a second-round pick and had a big game in the 2006
National Championship game, Limas Sweed was one of the more
interesting names on the roster for Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) rookie camp.


After the past few days, it'll be a shock if he's on the roster come
Monday.</p>


The veteran wide receiver struggled to make an impact and this afternoon and
dropped three passes, thus reinforcing a knock on him from his days with the
Pittsburgh Steelers.</p>


On one play, he nearly hauled in a pass up the right sideline but couldn't
control the ball as cornerback E.J. Whitley (tryout, Abilene
Christian) got his hand in there. The next two should've been easy catches but
bounced right off Sweed's hands. Even on a catch he did make, Sweed didn't make
it a clean grab. Sweed also slipped on one play, leading to an easy interception
for cornerback Dante Hughes (veteran tryout).</p>


Sweed came here trying to make an impression. It's extremely unlikely at this
point it was a good one.</p>


* * * *</p>


And now, a rundown of a short final practice for this year's rookie camp:</p>


--LB Korey Williams (tryout, Southern Miss) came on strong
at the end. He had a beauty of an interception when he reached up to pick off a
pass from QB Ryan Perrilloux to WR David
Douglas (undrafted free agent, Arizona), who was running the in cut
behind Williams. It was a smooth play by Williams, who showed good hands and
very good leaping ability on that play. To me, it was the defensive play of
camp. Williams wasn't done, though, as he sniffed out a screen on the final play
of practice, much to the coaches' delight. We'll see if those two plays and his
performance on the whole are enough to get him a roster spot.</p>


--CB Jayron Hosley (third round) is "athletically arrogant,"
<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_third-round_pick_jayron.html">according
to Jerry Reese</a>. What that means is he plays some intense football. After the
Giants picked Hosley, Tom Coughlin was asked if the coaches will have to let
Hosley know overly aggressive play won't fly on the NFL level. Coughlin said
he'd encourage Hosley to remain aggressive. Well, Hosley was a bit too
aggressive during 1-on-1 passing drills when he jammed the receiver after 5
yards. There was way too much contact there and that would've been an easy
penalty for an official to call in a live game. Also, Hosley was playing a bit
of the nickel corner spot and followed his receiver into the flat while playing
a zone. That left a gap for a completion in his vacated zone. "Don't take the
bait," secondary coach Peter Giunta told him.</p>


--Another player who had to be reminded this isn't college football anymore
was S Janzen Jackson (undrafted free agent, McNeese State).
"You can't touch him after 5, J.J.," safeties coach David Merritt said.</p>


--Douglas looked pretty good out there today and a lot more comfortable as
camp went along. </p>


--WR Rueben Randle (second round) and TE Adrien
Robinson (fourth round) both have had impressive camps but had bad
drops this afternoon. Robinson looked like he might've been crossed up on his
pass up the seam because, as athletic as he is, he was very discombobulated on
that one.</p>


--I'll have more on OT Matt McCants (sixth round) at some
point in the next few days. For now, know he's looked pretty quick on his pass
sets coming out of his stance. And considering the competition he'll soon be
facing in practice, he'd better be.</p>


--S Will Hill (tryout, Florida) was yanked off the field by
Merritt after missing an assignment. I just don't think the former St. Peter's
Prep star is going to stick. We'll see, though.</p>


--I didn't see WR Damian Davis (tryout, Mary Hardin-Baylor)
on the field this afternoon. It could be he's headed home for whatever reason.
If so, that's a shame because he made some plays on Friday."</p>

FORMER RUTGER'S CORNERBACK BRANDON BING MAKING PLAYS A POOKIE MINI-CAMP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/former_rutgers_cornerback_bran.html)

"I’d say let’s take a look at some highlights from this morning’s Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) rookie-camp practice, but it was more
like a bunch of lowlights out there.


Though Tom Coughlin said Friday morning’s practice was sloppy, that was a
work of art considering the abundance of mistakes today. Players were jumping
early, passes were thrown behind players, balls were dropped and the technique
was shaky at best.</p>


The moment that encapsulated it all was when tight ends coach Mike Pope told
Christian Hopkins after a series of false starts from him,
“You’re offside on every play.”</p>


That’s a long way of saying it was tough to get a read on the players this
morning, as 7-on-7 passing drills turned into an exercise in check-down passes
and the team portion of the workout often had players running into one
another.</p>


But some guys showed up in spurts, so here we go with the low, er,
highlights:</p>


--Former Rutgers CB Brandon Bing, who was on the Giants’
practice squad for a portion of last season, has had three solid practices now.
As I mentioned Friday, the guys who have been around always seem to be moving
the fastest during rookie camp because they know their assignments. Bing has
looked that way and his technique has been solid as well. This morning, he did a
great job of staying on top of a go route by WR Rueben Randle
(second round) up the left side. QB Ryan Perrilloux had thrown
a perfect pass, so Bing needed to stay tight to Randle. Plus, he had the deep
third of the field in a Cover-3 look, so he had no help over the top. Also,
S Will Hill (tryout, Florida) was late breaking to Bing’s side.
So in all, a nice play by Bing, who got some props from Coughlin after the
session.</p>


--TE Adrien Robinson (fourth round), who said he didn’t have
a drop during his senior season (though his position coach disagrees; more on
that in Sunday’s paper), had one today. It was a bit behind him, but Coughlin
yelled, “Catch the ball!” This came after Robinson showed good form by catching
a pass up the seam in traffic with his hands and controlling it quickly before
Hill came down on him.</p>


--DE Matt Broha (undrafted free agent, Louisiana Tech) has
shown a few good quick moves. Today, he got inside OT Brandon
Mosley (fourth round) on a rip inside. But a few minutes later, Mosely
was ready for the same move and simply rode Broha to the inside as the
quarterback escaped to his right.</p>


--Jerry Reese said CB Jayron Hosley (third round), despite
his smaller stature, will stick his nose in there on run defense and Hosley is
showing that so far. Now, it’s limited contact so I can’t tell you how he’ll
finish the play, but he is willing to slip around blockers to put himself in
good position so far.</p>


--Speaking of Hosley, he was one of three players returning kickoffs today.
Randle and Hill were the others. They went “against air,” so it’s impossible to
evaluate them at this point.</p>


--Former Rutgers FB Joe Martinek (undrafted free agent) can
move in space with the ball, as he showed on a screen pass today. The Giants
like his versatility, so he’ll be an interesting guy to watch moving
forward.</p>


--One guy that made a few plays today was CB Al-Rilwan
Adeyemi (tryout, San Diego). He had a diving interception off a
deflection this morning. He also defended a pass on Friday. We’ll see if he can
close well this afternoon and earn himself a roster spot.</p>


--When I see an undrafted free agent receiver from UMass wearing jersey No.
3, I can’t help but think of Victor Cruz, who had that number until changing to
80. But this year it’s Julian Talley wearing that jersey. As
with many rookie receivers, he seems to be thinking a bit too much about his
assignments while running his routes. We’ll give him time, though he had a drop
today on a quick in cut. It was a low ball but the coaches thought it should’ve
been caught.</p>


--Nice pass by QB J.R. Suozzo (tryout, Merrimack) over a
defender and into the soft spot in the zone for Randle, who ran a perfect sail
route.</p>


--LB Jay Dudley (tryout, Lousiana Tech) showed up a few
times as a slippery guy who is able to avoid blockers in space. He’s flashed a
bit over the past few days.</p>


--DT Markus Kuhn, who is not participating in rookie camp
because of a gash on his leg, said he was injured while moving. He sliced
himself with a knife that was sticking out of a box. So, you know, don't mess
with Kuhn. As a scouting report said before the draft, he's "German tough."</p>


--And finally, former Eagles C Jamaal Jackson was not at
practice today after suggesting on Friday he was thinking about retirement. Sure
enough, he came in this morning and told the team he was done. “He came in, he
was very nice,” Coughlin said. “He just said, ‘Coach, I just don’t feel like my
heart is in it.”</p>

##

GIANTS' ROOKIE RUEBEN RANDLE LEARNING AND IMPRESSING DURING ROOKIE MINI-CAMP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_rookie_rueben_randle_le.html)

"Ryan Perrilloux had a chance to find Rueben Randle during seven-on-seven
passing drills Friday, but his throw was off the mark and batted away.


“Man,” Perrilloux, a Giants’ backup quarterback, thought to himself, “I need
to hit that.”</p>


Minutes later, he did.</p>


Perrilloux looked up the right sideline, saw Randle running a go route, noted
he was shoulder-to-shoulder with cornerback Jayron Hosley, recalled the old
adage, “If he’s even, he’s leavin’,” and dropped a deep ball right into Randle’s
hands.</p>


Two former LSU players had connected during the first practice of Giants (www.nj.com/giants/) rookie camp. And while Perrilloux’s throw
proved he has become more comfortable since joining the Giants more than a year
ago, Randle’s route and catch showed Jerry Reese &amp; Co. might be on to
something when they say the second-round pick is “NFL-ready” and capable of
contributing immediately. </p>


“Definitely. He has the NFL body, speed, he’s coming in and out of cuts, he’s
doing everything he’s supposed to do right now,” Perrilloux, who was in training
camp and on the Giants’ practice squad for most of last season, said between
sessions Friday. “I’m excited about it. I couldn’t wait to work with him, and he
showed me he’s a guy that’s going to be able to go get it and make plays for
us.”</p>Randle made a few plays Friday: the deep ball past Hosley (a third-round pick),
a leaping catch near the sideline and a few other grabs. He bobbled two passes,
but those hiccups were excusable on the first day of rookie camp.



Especially since Randle displayed very good athletic ability and polished
fundamentals, including a big cushion between him and the sideline on his deep
routes. Such fine points in his game are tough to find in a rookie and are a big
reason why the Giants believe Randle can get on the field right away to help a
corps of wide receivers that lost Mario Manningham via free agency.</p>


“They brought me up for a reason. It’s my job to go out there and do what
they brought me in to do, which is make plays,” Randle said, adding this when
asked if he’s indeed NFL-ready: “I think I can get there. I’m still young. I’m
still learning on the fly, but I think with the right time and the right
opportunities, I can be there.”</p>


Randle took the proper first step. After all, Tom Coughlin was reluctant to
answer a question about which players impressed on the first day, but he did
mention one by name.</p>


“I was very impressed by Randle out on the field this morning,” the Giants
coach said.
As was Perrilloux, who loves the combination of ability and size
(6-3, 210) Randle provides. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said Randle was
“thinking” about his assignments, as all rookies are at this point, so he
doesn’t quite have that burst.</p>But if he’s going to contribute, particularly as a replacement for Manningham,
he must find it.



“What you see on film, it looks like we have a receiver that is capable of
making some deep catches, running by some people,” Gilbride said. “As you guys
have seen us unfold with those other two guys (Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz),
they’re intermediate (threats) and certainly Hakeem can go deep.</p>


“But you need that third component so that when people start skewing over and
clamping down on Cruz and Nicks, you’ve got a guy who, if he gets 1-on-1, has
the ability to get over the top and hurt people like Manningham did.”</p>


Perrilloux said he’ll be telling Eli Manning that Randle, who averaged 17.3
yards on 53 receptions in his final season at LSU, is capable of being such a
threat.</p>


“Real good in and out of breaks,” Perrilloux said of Randle. “He’s just that
kind of guy a quarterback can rely on because he has all that athletic ability
you need so when you get in trouble you can never go wrong just throwing it his
way.”
</p>
GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_see_versatility_in_form.html)

"After going undrafted, former Rutgers fullback Joe Martinek said he was in
contact with Buccaneers – and former Rutgers – head coach Greg Schiano, but
chose the Giants because it "was the better fit for me."


Martinek, a Hopatcong naitive, said he didn't grow up a fan of any particular
NFL team, but his friends and family are big fans of the Giants and he views
being close to home as an advantage. </p>


Now that he's got his chance, he's looking to make the most of it. </p>


"I think my first impression was good," the converted fullback said. "I got
to get into the playbook -- the different terminologies are frustrating at times
but you got to get into the playbook, got to remember and just follow the
schedule and do whatever you're asked to do."</p>


Martinek is one of eight undrafted free agent signings at rookie minicamp
this weekend and Gilbride said he projects the former tailback as a fullback,
though he maintained Martinek brings versatility to the table. </p>


"That fullback position is so versatile depending on who it is that's
playing," Gilbride said. "But if he ever became the fullback, I think you would
probably expand the movement in terms of taking him out of the backfield and
putting him into that detached position that sometimes the tight ends will go to
and see if he can catch the ball and do some things."</p>
http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>

LIMAS SWEED, A VETERAN IN GIANTS' ROOKIE MINI-CAMP, TRYING TO SHAKE BUST LABEL AND GET ANOTHER SHOT IN THE NFL (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/limas-sweed-a-veteran-ny-giants-rookie-minicamp-shake-bust-label-earn-shot-nfl-article-1.1076660)

"Limas Sweed never imagined that he'd be here one day, on a football field
with a group of kids, most of whom won't ever get any closer to an NFL game. He
was once supposed to be the big-play receiver that was going to transform the
Pittsburgh Steelers offense.<div><div class="story-body p402_premium">


Now he's just a 27-year-old tryout at the Giants' rookie minicamp this
weekend, two years removed from his last NFL game, hoping that someone will give
him one more shot.</p>


"I've been playing football all my life," Sweed said. "And when you've lost
something like football, you don't let it go. You do what you have to do. That's
putting the work in, overtime, being here at a rookie minicamp and just having
fun and starting all over again.</p>


"By whatever means it takes to get back, I'm willing to do it."</p>


Sweed isn't alone in his battle for one of the last two roster spots on the
defending Super Bowl champs. He's joined at this camp by Jamaal Jackson, an
eight-year veteran who spent five seasons as the Eagles' starting center, trying
to see for himself if he has anything left. And there are players like safety
Will Hill, a former New Jersey schoolboy sensation whose hype turned out to be
bigger than his game.</p>


Sweed had plenty of hype, too, when the Steelers drafted him in the second
round out of Texas in 2008. But he caught just six passes as a rookie, dropped
plenty more, and quickly was labeled a "bust". He caught just one pass in 2009.
Then he tore his Achilles in a 2010 spring minicamp and his shoulder prior to
training camp last year.</p>


That was not the way he was expecting his NFL career to work out at all.</p>


"Obviously when you're drafted high there's a lot of expectations," Sweed
said. "You would like to stay injury free and for things to work out
differently. But injuries took their toll and brought me to a different place.
They brought me here."</p>


Sweed is still just six months removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum
in his shoulder, but he insists he's fully healthy. He's worked out for the
Bengals and Bears but got no offers, and he's probably a longshot to get a deal
from the Giants, too. But he insists "I'm still the same" player, "just probably
a lot wiser" after all he's been through the last few years.</p>


If that's not enough to land him a deal with the Giants, Sweed said he has
three more workouts scheduled in the coming weeks. He also has no plans to give
up chasing the dream that once slipped away.</p>


"I'm still young. I still love this game. I still want to play," Sweed said.
"So we're going to see where it takes us. I definitely believe if I keep pushing
at it and don't give up, somewhere it'll work out. Somewhere it'll work out.
Never give up."</p></div></div>GILBRIDE PLEASED WITH ROOKIE REINFORCEMENTS (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/gilbride-pleased-with-rookie-reinforcements)

"In the dog days of last summer as training camp opened, Kevin Gilbride was
piecing together an offense that was missing five of its starters. Then this
offseason he lost a running back, receiver, right tackle and (to injury) two of
his tight ends.

So yes, the Giants offensive coordinator was pretty
happy when the Giants used five of their seven draft picks this year on
offensive players. And so far Gilbride likes what he sees.

“It’s
definitely needed,” Gilbride said after Day 1 of the Giants’ rookie minicamp.
“We lost a lot of guys. We lost five starters the year before on offense. You
lose a couple other guys (this year). You certainly need to start to replenish
the troops. “

And on Day 1, it looks like the troops will be well
replenished. Running back David Wilson, the Giants’ first-round pick, showed off
his speed and explosiveness in the two practices the team had on Friday.
Receiver Rueben Randle, taken in the second round, showed potential as a deep
threat. And tight end Adrien Robinson flashed some of the athletic ability that
had GM Jerry Reese labeling him “The JPP of tight ends.”

“It looks like
you have an explosive guy in the running back,” Gilbride said. “And what you see
on film, it looked like you had a receiver that is capable of making some deep
catches, running by some people.”

It’s not easy to tell much about
running backs (and linemen and anyone else that plays a high-contact position)
in non-contact drills. Quarterbacks and receivers, though, are much easier to
evaluate. And on Day 1, Randle looked “smooth” to Gilbride, though he said the
LSU product was “obviously thinking … so you don’t see maybe the explosiveness
that we expect to see and know we’ll see down the road. But in terms of going
deep and just going down the field, he looked pretty good and did the things
that we needed him to do, which was go catch the ball when we threw it to
him.

“As you guys have seen us unfold with those other two guys (Hakeem
Nicks and Victor Cruz), they’re intermediate (receivers),” Gilbride added. “
Certainly Hakeem can go deep, but you need that third component so that when
people start skewing and clamping down on Cruz and Nicks, you got a guy that, if
it’s one-on-one, has the ability to get over the top and hurt people like
Manningham did. “

From what Gilbride could see in the first two
practices, Wilson has some big-play potential, too.

“He looks very fast,
which we knew going in,” Gilbride said. “But to actually see it on the field, it
was- I’m trying to think of the right word- encouraging, exciting. Both of those
things seem to come to mind. He looks like if he has a hole, he’ll hit it and
has a chance to do some damage.”

As for Robinson, he d***led with a
couple of outstanding catches during the two practices, though even he admitted
his route-running needed some work. That figures, considering that while he was
at Cincinnati he wasn’t often a focal point of their passing game.

“I’m
sure he’s starting a little further back, but he looks like a big guy that can
run,” Gilbride said. “He made a great catch on the last play. Of course he ran
the wrong way. He was supposed to be going inside and stole the curl from the Z,
but that’s kind of what I think we’re going to be battling for a
while.

“The good thing is you just like to see a guy that has the
physical potential to do some things. He looks like he has that. How quickly he
can assimilate our offense, how quickly he can recognize what defenses are doing
and make the appropriate and correct adjustments, that’s a long way off. I don’t
expect that to happen (immediately). But I did want to see a guy that could run
a little bit. He looks like he can do that.”

As for Reese labeling him
“the JPP of tight ends,” Gilbride said “That’s quite an endorsement, but added
“I’m not sure I’m ready” to go that far.

“I know [Jerry Reese] just said
that and I’ll live by his critique, but he does look like he’s got a lot of
physical ability. But he’s just real, real raw.”

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ROOKIE RUEBEN RANDLE D***LES AT GIANTS' CAMP (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giant_start_for_rookies_RSnDK9SlnHHQzrccdndkJN)

"Rueben Randle heard there were two knocks on him, two main reasons why he
slipped out of the first round of the NFL Draft and very nearly out of the
second.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


“I’ve heard work ethic was an issue, and knees were the two main things,’’
Randle said yesterday during the Giants’ rookie mini-camp. “I’m here trying to
prove I’m fine and work ethic is no issue.’’</p>


Randle dismissed any health concern, saying a bout with tendinitis in his
knees as a sophomore at LSU is no longer a problem. As far as a
less-than-desirable work ethic, well, Randle said judge him on what you see, not
what you have heard.
</p>“I guess it’s my demeanor,” he said. “I’m not one of those quick-twitch kind
of guys. I’m a strider, so I can come off as being a little lazy.”<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


The Giants do not share the perception Randle is lazy, which is why they took
him with the final pick in the second round. Randle made an extremely positive
first impression. After the first practice of this camp, coach Tom Coughlin,
though not wishing to single out any player after such a small sample, did
admit, “I was very impressed with Randle out on the field this morning.’’</p>


The highlight of the session was Randle, who is 6-foot-2, getting a step on
third-round pick Jayron Hosley, a 5-foot-10 cornerback from Virginia Tech.
Quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who spent last season on and off the practice
squad, hit Randle in stride and he made an over-the-shoulder catch deep
downfield.</p>


“He’s coming here and he’s proving to everybody he’s going to be the guy for
us to go and get it,’’ said Perrilloux, who like Randle played at LSU. “He’s
definitely polished. After this mini-camp I’ll go to Eli [Manning] and tell him
what to expect, what kind of guys we have. He’s definitely going to be a guy
you’ll like throwing to.’’</p>


It was not the only eye-catching moment for Randle, whose production suffered
this past season primarily because of LSU’s struggles at quarterback. On the
first passes thrown to Randle, cornerback Brandon Bing from Rutgers anticipated
the throw and knocked the ball away. Next, Randle bobbled a pass out of bounds.
After that, Randle caught everything thrown his way, including a leaping grab
over San Diego rookie cornerback Al-Rilwan Adeyemi.</p>


“In terms of going deep and going down the field he looked pretty good,’’
offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. “We saw what we needed from him,
which is go get the ball.’’</p>


* All seven Giants draft picks signed before or immediately after stepping on
the field.</p>


Running back David Wilson, the first-round pick from Virginia Tech, signed a
four-year deal (with a team option for a fifth year) for $6.68 million,
including a signing bonus of $3.3 million.</p>


Wilson, as advertised, looked extremely quick.</p>


“He looks like if he’s got a hole he’ll hit it and he’s got a chance to do
some damage,’’ Gilbride said.</p>


* Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn, the seventh-round pick from North Carolina
State, did not participate in practice because of a non-football related leg
laceration he suffered in the past week. ... The Giants signed eight undrafted
free agents: WR David Douglas (Arizona), WR Julien Talley Massachusetts), FB Joe
Martinek (Rutgers), G Stephen Goodin (Nebraska-Kearney). DE Adewale Ojomo
(Miami), DE Matt Broha (Louisiana Tech), S Jojo Nicolas (Miami) and S Janzen
Jackson (McNeese State).</p>


One player in on a tryout basis is S Will Hill of East Orange, N.J. Hill was
suspended, then kicked off the team at Florida, left school a year early and
spent last season in the Arena League.</p>


Another player in for a tryout is WR Limas Sweed, a 2008 second-round pick of
the Steelers who never panned out because of injuries and too many dropped
passes."</p></div>GIANTS GREET BIG GERMAN KUHN (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/big_blue_greet_big_german_DlyfK0bDfiuVECyB5MPJwI)

"It’s clear as soon as Markus Kuhn opens his mouth (think Arnold
Schwarzenegger) he is no ordinary newcomer at the Giants’ rookie camp this
weekend.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


Just the second native of Germany ever to be drafted by the NFL, the hulking
defensive tackle is trying to be just the second German native to stick in the
NFL after the Giants made him a seventh-round pick last month.</p>


Kuhn is trying to follow in the footsteps of Patriots offensive tackle
Sebastian Vollmer, a native of Dusseldorf and second-round pick in 2009 who
faced the Giants in the Super Bowl last season.
</p>Though Kuhn’s bid to make it in American pro football is an unlikely one (he
is 26 and has never seen an NFL game in person), it wouldn’t be the first time
his quest has been described that way.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


“It was only six years ago that my father and I were traveling the East Coast
with a DVD highlight tape, asking small colleges like Liberty University if they
wanted to give me a chance,” the 6-foot-4, 303-pound Kuhn said Friday after the
first day of the rookie mini-camp at the Meadowlands.</p>


“To be standing here now and talking about being just the second native of
Germany to be drafted in the NFL is pretty remarkable, I would say.”</p>


Vollmer hadn’t emerged by the time Kuhn and his father went on their American
scholarship quest, so they didn’t know quite what to expect. When Liberty and
the other small schools showed immediate interest in Kuhn, who already was 21 at
the time, his father told him to step back and aim higher.</p>


It was a smart move, because Kuhn quickly landed with North Carolina State
and didn’t need long to show he belonged in a foreign game. He started the first
game of his college career in 2007, was named a freshman All-American by the
Sporting News.</p>


After battling injuries that forced him to redshirt the 2009 season, Kuhn
came back strong and was an anchor for the Wolfpack last year with 4˝ sacks and
10 tackles for lost yardage.</p>


Not bad for someone who didn’t take up the sport until he was 15 (Kuhn said
he was too bulky for soccer and liked football from watching the NFL on
television) and who occasionally had to play quarterback for his club team
because it didn’t have enough players.</p>


The Giants don’t lack for defensive linemen, but general manager Jerry Reese
always has been a believer in the “best available player” philosophy and sees
Kuhn as a project worth the gamble</p>


“He’s a gym rat — big, strong and tough,” Reese said last month. “He would be
great to put in your defensive-line rotation. He’s still learning, but I love
his energy. He’s like a buzz saw.”</p>


Though Vollmer is the natural comparison, Kuhn has another prominent — much
more prominent — German sports transplant in mind when he dreams about how his
NFL career will unfold.</p>


“Dirk Nowitzki is definitely a role model for me, coming here and making it
big and winning a championship just on hard work,” Kuhn said of the NBA star.
“It would be a dream to become the Dirk Nowitzki of American
football.”</p>
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</div></div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>

ZILCH

http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">[url]http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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GIANTS' RUNNING BACKS VERY CONFIDENT GOING IN TO 2012-2013 SEASON (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/12/new-york-giants-running-backs-very-confident-going-into-2012-2013-season/)

"Back in 2007, there were genuine voices of concern for the running back
position after Pro Bowl New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants record-holder Tiki Barber retired
following the 2006 season. How would Big Blue overcome this loss with running
back Brandon Jacobs (entering his 3rd year) now the starter? He only had two
years behind Barber with 134 carries/11 receptions under his belt after all and
his relief/ back-ups were: journeyman RB Reuben Droughns, a guy coming off a
foot injury in Derrick Ward and a 7th-round pick in <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ahmad Bradshaw" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ahmad-bradshaw/" rel="tag nofollow">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a>. Well, we all know how that turned out.


The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants aren’t exactly in the same situation as Jacobs has moved on to another
team, but many fans and pundits seem to be quite skeptical that this team can
recover yet again. Most of it surely comes from 2011’s regular season run game
rank of last in the league. Improvement is on the agenda for this skill
position.</p>


As the roster stands, the G-men will go into camp with five running backs: <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ahmad Bradshaw" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ahmad-bradshaw/" rel="tag nofollow">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a>, D.J. Ware (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dj-ware/),
Da’Rel Scott, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Andre Brown" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/andre-brown/" rel="tag nofollow">Andre
Brown</a> and 1st-Round pick out of Virginia Tech, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a>. As things progressed in the offensive gameplan last season, the
fullbacks (<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Henry Hynoski" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/henry-hynoski/" rel="tag nofollow">Henry
Hynoski</a>, UDFA Joe Martinek and TE/FB hybrid <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Bear Pascoe" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/bear-pascoe/" rel="tag nofollow">Bear
Pascoe</a>) can’t be counted out as possible contributors.</p>


Focusing primarily on running back position, a closer look at what’s being
said prior to OTA’s may help clarify the importance of both Bradshaw and rookie
RB Wilson for the 2012 season success. Late last month, the veteran in #44
stepped out and claimed:</p>
<blockquote>


"…I plan on using him as my project. He's a very talented running back and
he's from Virginia. Two Virginia guys in this running back corps is going to be
dangerous. I expect to use him as my project to get him better, to get him
smarter and just to mature him a little bit, just to help him understand the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/). As a Giant
running back, it's one of the toughest things. I don't see a lot of guys coming
in and being able to grasp all of the different things you can do as a running
back. You just have so many pass protections, so many pass route terms, so many
run terms…"</p></blockquote>


Hopefully, Bradshaw can build upon what <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> is already picking up in rookie mini-camp with running backs coach,
Jerald Ingram and Head Coach Tom Coughlin, who back after the draft had a few
things to say or defend) about his first-round guy:</p>
<blockquote>


“…This young man was attractive to us for many reasons. Obviously his speed,
you have a 4.4 running back. You have a guy who’s the ACC Player of the Year,
1700 yards rushing, kickoff returns for a career over a thousand yards,
1300-plus yards, caught the ball out of the backfield…he has great energy when
you speak to him. He is knowledgeable. He presents himself very, very well…he’s
the kind of guy that we felt would add very much to our present situation in
terms of the big play potential. He’s one of the guys that has the speed and
maneuverability to make the big play and that’s what was very important to us at
this time…” he said post NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft.</p></blockquote>


Popular belief (or doubt) also has many referring back to another former
first-round running back that didn’t add the exact dimension that was hoped for
back in 2000. Way to pre-judge. Wilson is not the same type of running back, had
a very different college type of career and he’s over forty-plus pounds lighter.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is coaching. Ingram and Coughlin
along with veteran leadership on this Giants team will help encourage this eager
rookie and by listening to his own words, one can almost bank on him absorbing
everything and anything he can while in blue:</p>
<blockquote>


“…It’s a great team with a good tradition and a lot of great players on the
team…So I’m joining a great club, and there’s nothing in my head that says this
isn’t the best move for me. I’ve led the country in yards after contact this
season. Good hands out of the backfield, great hands out of the backfield,
special teams player – kick return specialist. I’m willing to work hard and I’m
always getting better each season. I’ve never taken a step back from when I
first started playing football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) – it’s always been excelling each year and
getting better and better."</p></blockquote>


He continued…</p>
<blockquote>


"I’m still learning the game, and that’s a good thing coming up there with <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ahmad Bradshaw" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ahmad-bradshaw/" rel="tag nofollow">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a>, a guy from Virginia who’s been there for a while, held down his
position pretty well. Coming up there, I’m looking forward to competing with him
and we’re both going to make plays…the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) has been a dream of mine since a very young age,
about five-years-old…so it’s something I’ve been working toward for a long time,
and having that dream come true and coming to a special team like the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants, it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s like a dream come
true…”</p></blockquote>


Here’s to a dream that ends with him becoming a major contributor to a
winning championship team."</p>

GIANTS' ROOKIES MAKE STRONG IMPRESSION ON DAY ONE (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/11/new-york-giants-rookies-make-strong-impression-on-day-one/)

"No one get excited just yet, but wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a>, running back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> and tight end Adrien Robinson (http://www.giants101.com/tag/adrien-robinson/) made a positive first impression
during their first day with the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants.


Unlike regular training camp, this mini-camp is closed to the public.
However, the reporting pool allowed to attend seemed to agree that after a slow
start, Randle began to find his groove.</p>


He wasn’t the only one. Reports indicate that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Adrien Robinson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/adrien-robinson/" rel="tag nofollow">Adrien
Robinson</a> took steps towards subduing the notion that he was a reach
selection. While critics fear that he is a one-dimensional player and will be
unable to serve as a receiving threat, Robinson made an impressive grab on a
poorly thrown ball this morning.</p>


The starting job opposite Hakeem Nicks is Randle’s to lose and none of his
true competition was present today. Robinson, on the other hand, had to go toe
to toe with 6’6 Larry Donnell. Donnell, a free agent with a years experience,
managed to make the Giants.com (http://www.giants.com)
photo gallery after hauling in a nifty reception.</p>


<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> also showed some eye catching agility and cut moves according to
those in attendance.</p>


Not all the news was positive. Markus Kuhn will miss all of mini-camp thanks
to a non-football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
injury that he recently suffered. He is currently dealing with a laceration on
his knee.</p>


Also, Jayron Hosely required attention from the trainers this afternoon.
Inside Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)’s
Patricia Traina noted that the injury appeared to be a hamstring issue.
However, Hosely began to jog near the end of practice and the ailment may have
been as minor as cramps."
</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/">http://www.giants101.com/
</a>

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

GIANTS' ROOKIE MINI-CAMP: JOE MARTINEK CONTINUES TO IMPRESS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/12/3016149/new-york-giants-joe-martinek-jayron-hosley-brnadon-bing-matt-mccants-christian-hopkins)

"Joe Martinek (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155783/joe-martinek),
the undrafted free agent running back from Rutgers, continued to get attention
Saturday morning during Day 2 of New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
running mini-camp.<div class="entry-body">


Martinek worked exclusively at running back, and as the single back in two
tight-end sets, during his reps on Saturday. Friday, the 5-foot-11, 224-pound
back had spent some time at fullback. </p>


"He's been pretty good the whole camp, very steady," said Giants coach Tom
Coughlin. "Probably can play both spots. I think he has some position
versatility."</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


Here are some other notes from the morning.</p>
<ul> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px"><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154922/jayron-hosley">Jayron
Hosley</a>, the third-round pick, was fine today after seeming to injure himself
Friday. Hosley apparently suffered a cramp on Friday, nothing more
serious.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Rutgers grad Brandon Bing (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/132952/brandon-bing),
a cornerback, made an excellent play on a long throw intended for Rueben Randle,
slapping the ball away.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Matt McCants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155130/matt-mccants),
the sixth-round pick from UAB, lined up at left tackle throughout the morning.
Fourth-round pick <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155065/brandon-mosley">Brandon
Mosley</a> was being used at right tackle.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Tight end <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/players/4203/christian-hopkins">Christian
Hopkins</a>, who spent last season on the Giants' practice squad, got some
attention Saturday morning. Not, however, in a good way. After several offside
infractions, Hopkins was screamed at by Giants tight ends coach Mike
Pope.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Undrafted free agent defensive end <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155786/adewale-ojomo">Adewale
Ojomo</a>, from Miami (Fl.) flashed into the backfield on a couple of plays, one
run and one pass.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px"><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1333/jamaal-jackson">Jamaal
Jackson</a>, the eight-year NFL veteran who was in camp on a tryout basis, has
retired from the NFL.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Markus Kuhn (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155168/markus-kuhn),
the seventh-round draft pick from N.C. State, did not work out again Saturday
due to a laceration on his leg."</span>[/list]</div>

MATT MCCANTS: ROOKIE LINEMAN FEELS SENSE OF URGENCY (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/12/3015906/matt-mccants-new-york-giants-rookie-minicamp-2012-nfl-draft)

"Rookie offensive tackle Matt McCants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155130/matt-mccants)
had his head down and his New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
playbook open when I approached him in the New York Giants' locker room on
Friday.
<div class="entry-body">


McCants, an offensive tackle from Alabama-Birmingham was drafted
by the Giants in the sixth round, 201st overall. I asked him if he was feeling
overwhelmed trying to assimilate everything after the first practice of rookie
mini-camp.</p>


"Overwhelmed wouldn't be the word," McCants said. "Just a sense of urgency,
wanting to learn, wanting to get better."</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


McCants, who played left tackle at UAB is listed at 295 pounds in scouting
reports from UAB, but now listed at 309 by the Giants. After Friday morning's
first practice, coach Tom Coughlin said that McCants is "obviously a little bigger (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/11/3014569/tom-coughlin-press-conference-2012-new-york-giants-rookie-mini-camp) than we told you he was."</p>


McCants said getting bigger and stronger has been -- and is continuing to be
-- a focal point for him.</p>


"I knew I had to get bigger and stronger," McCants said. "That was just one
thing I focused on to be able to play on this level."</p>


McCants was one of two offensive linemen drafted by the Giants. The other was
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155065/brandon-mosley">Brandon
Mosley</a>, taken in the fourth round (131at overall). With <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2236/kareem-mckenzie">Kareem
McKenzie</a> being allowed to leave as a free agent and David Diehl (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2214/david-diehl)
getting older, the Giants are obviously attempting to replenish the offensive
line.</p>
<hr>

<center>Related: Matt McCants Pre-Draft Scouting Report (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/69268.html) </center>
<hr>



Last season the drafted tackle James Brewer (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130992/james-brewer)
in the fourth round. With Brewer, Mitch Petrus (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108493/mitch-petrus),
Will Beatty (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71290/will-beatty) and
potentially Mosley and McCants there is a young nucleus of blockers who could
work their way into key roles eventually. Beatty, of course, was the starting
left tackle a season ago before being injured and should reclaim that job in
2012.</p>


Again showing that sense of urgency he referred, McCants said he just wants
to contribute "as soon as possible."</p>


"My attitude is I want to play. I'll come out here and try to get better,"
McCants said. "The Giants drafted me, they believed in me. I'm just going ahead
every day trying to get better, working toward playing in the NFL."</p>


McCants comes with the reputation of being a versatile player who, while he
played left tackle at UAB, could fit anywhere along the line. That is an
assessment he hopes to prove accurate.</p>


"I feel I can play anywhere on the offensive line. Anywhere the Giants need
me to contribute I feel I can do it," McCants said. "They just told me to come
in and work as hard as I can every day. That's what I'm gonna do."</p>


McCants also has the reputation of being a better pass blocker than run
blocker as he enters the NFL. He agrees.</p>


"I feel like I'm a better pass blocker right now than I am a run blocker
simply because I'm not as strong as I need to be," McCants said. "That's going
to come."</p></div>


2012 GIANTS; MINI-CAMP NOTES: DAVID WILSON IMPRESSES IN AFTERNOON WORKOUT (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/11/3015031/2012-new-york-giants-mini-camp-david-wilson-impresses-in-afternoon-rueben-randle)

"'Frisky' might be the best word to use to describe the way first-round draft
choice David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson)
looked during Friday afternoon's practice, the second of the 2012 <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants">New
York Giants</a> rookie mini-camp.


Let's see. There was a somersault after a short catch-and-run. There was some
sort of odd slithering on the ground manuever after a run down the field. More
importantly, the running back the Giants are hoping will complement <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a> showed some explosion and big-play potential during the afternoon
workout.</p>
<hr>

Related: David Wilson Transcript (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/11/3015105/david-wilson-quotes-05-11-12-new-york-giants-nfl-draft-2012)
<hr>



"He looks pretty fast, which we knew going in. To actually see it on the
field was encouraging, exciting. Both of those things seem to come to mind,"
said Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "He looks like if he's got a
hole he'll hit it and have a chance to do some damage."</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


Wilson, 5-foot-9, 205 pounds was selected by the Giants 32nd overall.</p>


"He's not a big guy so you would think he's a finesse guy, but that's not
what I saw," Gilbride said. "He's a very determined runner. He's fighting for
every yard, breaks a lot of tackles. Probably breaks more tackles than you think
he'd be capable of just looking at him."</p>


Practice Notes</p>
<ul> <span>Third-round pick <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154922/jayron-hosley">Jayron
Hosley</a> limped off the field after hitting the ground during a passing drill
with an apparent hamstring injury. Hosley was jogging by the end of practice,
though. If any word on Hosley is available Saturday I will have that for
you.</span> <span>Gilbride said the Giants are using Joe Martinek (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155783/joe-martinek),
the undrafted free agent from Rutgers, as a fullback for now. Martinek is only
224 pounds, though, so lead-blocking would not seem to be his forte.</span> <span>Gilbride, as was head coach Tom Coughlin
earlier in the day, seemed impressed by wide receiver Rueben Randle, the team's
second-round selection. "He looks smooth," Gilbride said. "You need that third
component ... a guy that has the ability to get over the top and hurt people
like Manningham did. He looks like he has the potential to do that."</span> <span>There are two practices on Saturday that are
open to reporters, but again closed to the public."</span>[/list]GIANTS' MINI-CAMP NOTES: UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT BIOS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/11/3014531/giants-mini-camp-notes-undrafted-free-agent-bios#channel=f2fbcb604014744&amp;origin=http%3A%2F%2Fw ww.bigblueview.com&amp;channel_path=%2F2012%2F5%2F11%2 F3014531%2Fgiants-mini-camp-notes-undrafted-free-agent-bios%3Ffb_xd_fragment%23xd_sig%3Df153a7e515b46b6%2 6&amp;transport=postmessage)

"The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
have eight undrafted free agents signed as they conduct rookie mini-camp this
weekend. They are allowed 10.<div class="entry-body">


The eight signed UDFAs are wide receivers <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155781/david-douglas">David
Douglas</a> of Arizona and Julien Talley of Massachusetts, fullback Joe Martinek (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155783/joe-martinek)
of Rutgers and guard Stephen Goodin of Nebraska-Kearney, defensive ends <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155786/adewale-ojomo">Adewale
Ojomo</a> of Miami and Matt Broha (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155780/matt-broha) of
Louisiana Tech and safeties Jojo Nicolas of Miami and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155782/janzen-jackson">Janzen
Jackson</a> of McNeese State.</p>


Bios of the UDFAs, courtesy of the Giants' PR staff, after the jump.</p>
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DAVID DOUGLAS, WR, 6-0, 206, ARIZONA
Played in 49 games with 23
starts for Arizona...Caught 151 passes for 1,542 yards (10.2-yard average) and
11 touchdowns with a long reception of 44 yards...As a senior in 2011, Douglas
played in 12 games with nine starts as the Wildcats' slot receiver and had
career-high totals of 65 receptions for 666 yards and four scores...In his
junior season, Douglas played in 13 games with 10 starts and caught 52 passes
for 515 yards and five scores...In 2009, played in 11 games with four starts and
had 31 receptions for 320 yards and two scores...All-District player at North
High School in McKinney, Texas...Communications major...Born June 27,
1989.

JULIEN TALLEY, WR, 6-1, 199, MASSACHUSETTS
Played in 45
games at UMass...Caught 162 passes for 2,090 yards (12.9-yard average) and 11
touchdowns with a long catch of 55 yards...As a senior in 2011, played in 11
games and caught a career-high 60 passes for 759 yards and four touchdowns...The
previous season, Talley had 56 receptions for 747 yards and a career-best six
touchdowns...Caught 28 passes in 2009 and 18 as a redshirt freshman in
2008...Also had 12 rushing attempts for 152 yards with a long run of 69 yards,
25 punt returns for 252 yards and 16 kickoff returns for 286 yards...College
teammate of <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz">Victor
Cruz</a>...Sociology major...First-team All-South Jersey at Winslow High
School...Born June 9, 1989.

JOE MARTINEK, FB, 5-11, 224,
RUTGERS
Played in 49 games at Rutgers, where he was both a running back
and a fullback...Rushed for 1,770 yards on 391 carries (4.5-yard average) and 17
touchdowns and caught 46 passes for 448 yards and a score...After redshirt
season in 2007, Martinek rushed for 404 yards on 76 carries (a career-high
5.3-yard average) and four scores in 2008...Had his most productive year as a
runner the following season, when he had 206 carries for 967 yards (4.7-yard
average) and nine touchdowns...Had a career-high 147 yards at Maryland
(9/26)...In 2010, was plagued by ankle injury but rushed for 276 yards and four
touchdowns on 85 carries...Switched to fullback in 2011 and played in 13 games
with eight starts and rushed for 123 yards on 24 carries and caught a
career-high 27 passes for 262 yards and a score...Played at Hopatcong High
School in New Jersey...Was named the 2006 Gatorade New Jersey State High School
Player of the Year... Finished high school career as the all-time leader in New
Jersey history with 7,589

G-Men Surg.
05-12-2012, 12:30 PM
Officialy Welcome back Blackburn ! But be careful you are in for a CHASE for you starting MLB spot. Lots of competition that I'm sure you don't shy away from.
Thanks RF!

RoanokeFan
05-12-2012, 12:55 PM
Officialy Welcome back Blackburn ! But be careful you are in for a CHASE for you starting MLB spot. Lots of competition that I'm sure you don't shy away from.
Thanks RF!

[Y]

BigBlue1971
05-13-2012, 12:03 AM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</P>


liking this rookie minicamp with so many positives coming from especially the draft picks! [:D]</P>


i feel good about this team!</P>


</P>

RoanokeFan
05-13-2012, 11:28 AM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</p>


liking this rookie minicamp with so many positives coming from especially the draft picks! [:D]</p>


i feel good about this team!</p>


</p>

There have also been some failures among the UDFA group but, overall, it seems lime Reese has done a masterful job with the draft picks.