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    "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.

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

    "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."

    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.

    "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."


    "After one rookie camp practice, during which the players were not wearing
    full pads, Tom Coughlin wasn’t ready to proclaim which players
    stood out to him.

    Though he did highlight the morning Rueben Randle had.

    The team’s second-round pick, looked very athletic and polished this morning
    working among fellow draft picks, undrafted free agents, rookie tryouts and
    veteran hopefuls. He had a couple of drops but they were overshadowed by a nice
    leaping catch near the sideline and a few other solid plays.

    “I was very impressed by Randle out on the field this morning,” Coughlin
    said. “But they’re all eager. That’s the good thing. You’re going to have to if
    you’re NFL-ready.”

    Randle’s leaping catch came on an intermediate out near the sideline. He also
    beat CB Jayron Hosley, the team’s third-round pick, on a deep
    go up the right sideline. Quarterback Ryan Perrilloux threw a
    perfect ball on that play.

    Plus, there was one play on which Randle did a good job of “stacking” the
    cornerback after beating him. That means he beat the corner to the outside and
    then worked away from the sideline to give the quarterback an easier throw.
    That’s a skill Mario Manningham struggled to perfect, even
    in Super Bowl XLVI

    Other highlights and notes:

    --RB David Wilson (first round) looks as slithering as
    advertising. He gets small to sneak into holes and makes quick cuts. He did try
    to cut back one run to the outside when he saw there was nothing there. He’s
    used to getting away with that in college. I’m sure that will be something
    Coughlin and the coaching staff will have to work on with Wilson to let him know
    when he can and, when he can’t, do it.

    --TE Adrien Robinson showed his athleticism on one play this
    morning. It was a quick hook over the middle, no more than a few yards off the
    line. Tryout QB J.R. Suozzo (Merrimack), who had a rough
    morning, threw a dart over the 6-4 Robinson’s head. I mean, no touch at all.
    (I’m not trying to rip Suozzo, just setting the scene.) Robinson showed quick
    reaction to leap and rise up for the catch. It was a glimpse of the athleticism
    with which the Giants are enamored.

    “His hands went up high fast and he made the really tough grab,” Coughlin
    said. “It was a short-range throw but it got on him quickly and he was able to
    react to it. That was a plus.”

    --WR Damian Davis, a tryout from Mary Hardin-Baylor, made a
    couple of nifty grabs, including one on a ball up the left sideline that looked
    like a sure interception out of the QB’s hands. (I believe it was Suozzo but I
    forgot to note it.) Davis worked from the outside of CB E.J.
    , a veteran tryout, to make the grab. Whitley should’ve done a
    better job of keeping his positioning inside Davis. It seemed secondary coach
    Peter Giunta was impressed with Davis beating his guys because
    he sought out Davis after practice for what appeared to be a congratulatory

    --Former Florida DB Will Hill is here on a tryout basis. The
    St. Peter’s Prep grad went undrafted
    and unsigned last year because of plenty of baggage
    . Hill played in the
    arena league last season. This morning, he jumped in front of a receiver during
    individual drills but didn’t hold on. “You’ve got to catch that,” Giunta

    --Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is in mid-training-camp
    form. When CB Brandon Bing jumped in front of Randle to knock
    away a ball on a comeback route, Fewell yelled, “Bada Bing!” Bing, a former
    Rutgers standout, was on the practice squad last year. As always, the guys who
    have been around always seem to be so much more advanced than the rookies, for
    obvious reasons. They just practice so much faster.

    --A couple of good rushes off the edge for rookie tryout DE Lindsey
    (UConn). He got the corner on OT Brandon Mosley
    (fourth-round pick), who looked a little sluggish coming out of his stance.
    Mosley also jumped early on one play, as did OT Joel Reinders
    (veteran free agent signed). It’s the first practice and they were jumpy. It
    happens. Though that didn’t stop the coaches from getting on them.

    --Coughlin said GM Jerry Reese told him all of the draft
    picks are signed, or at least should be very shortly. Again, the only player
    whose deal hadn’t yet been reported was DT Markus Kuhn (seventh
    round). 1:30 p.m. UPDATE The Giants confirmed all of their picks have
    signed. Kuhn, by the way, is not participating in rookie camp because of a
    non-football leg laceration suffered recently."



    "And the Giants are down to one.

    The Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo learned today from Rueben Randle's agent,
    Kennard McGuire, the team has signed its second-round pick. That leaves
    seventh-round choice Markus Kuhn as the lone unsigned Giants draft pick. But at
    the rate in which the others have signed -- including
    first-round pick David Wilson, who signed this morning
    -- expect the German
    to agree to terms with the team soon enough.

    We don't know the length of Randle's deal yet, but based on his slotting as
    the 63rd overall selection in last month's draft, the wide receiver is due a
    signing bonus of $834,132.

    Drafted out of LSU, Randle was expected to be selected as early as the end of
    the first round, but he plunged down to the Giants at the end of the second and
    was the final green room invitee drafted at Radio City Music Hall.

    Subject to sporadic quarterback play in college, Randle's numbers weren't
    eye-popping. He declared for the NFL after a junior season in which he caught 53
    passes for 917 yards and eight touchdowns -- all career highs by a large


    "The simplified process of negotiating draft-pick contracts under the new
    collective bargaining agreement has allowed the Giants to get most of their picks under
    contract by the start of rookie minicamp.

    Including their top pick.

    The team has signed first rounder David Wilson to a four-year deal with a
    team option for a fifth season, according
    . Wilson's agent, Joel Segal, confirmed his client has

    Financial terms are not yet available. According to his slotting as the 32nd
    overall pick, Wilson was in line to receive a signing bonus of about $3.3
    million. But unlike the other picks, that bonus is more negotiable. At least
    that's the way it was explained to me. I'll get you the full details when
    they're available.

    Wilson's signing means there's not yet word on deals for only two picks: wide
    receiver Rueben Randle (second round) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (seventh
    round). As of late last night, there was no agreement between the Giants and
    Randle. It's unclear where the team is in the process with Kuhn.

    All draft picks, even those who remain unsigned, can participate in rookie
    minicamp, which runs from today through Sunday. The point at which unsigned
    rookies can't partake in team activities is the start of training camp, though
    the pace the team has set on signings so far means we're unlikely to get to that


    "Late on the night of July 29, hours before he was to report to his first NFL
    training camp, Giants rookie fullback Henry Hynoski was wide awake. Nerves
    didn’t keep him up, neither did illness.

    Hynoski had a book in hand, cramming for the next morning’s exam.

    “We had to report to training camp the following day and I was up until 2, 3
    in the morning trying to learn the plays in my playbook,” Hynoski said recently
    at an NFL Play 60 event in Manhattan. “I had to get up for practice three hours

    Undrafted out of Pittsburgh, Hynoski had been uncertain of his football
    future and trained on his own for months, the lockout eradicating the typical
    transition for rookies. Hynoski, who went on to play in 12 regular-season games
    and all four postseason contests, didn’t sign with the Giants until July 26 and
    he had just three days to learn the thick instruction manual.

    Hynoski and the rest of the 2011 rookie class went into their freshman
    campaigns without the luxury of an NFL offseason, devoid of everything from the
    annual rookie symposium and offseason team activities to simply meeting the
    coaching staffs.

    “I got to camp and my head was spinning,” said safety Tyler Sash, a Giants
    sixth-round selection last year. “Not even knowing where to go, who to talk to
    if I needed something was tough.”

    This offseason is back to business as usual for the NFL and rookies are
    reporting to customary rookie mini-camps across the league. This weekend, seven
    2012 draft picks headlined by first-round choice David Wilson and a group of
    undrafted rookies will report to East Rutherford for Giants rookie mini-camp to
    begin the offseason.

    Last July, 13 wide-eyed rookies — five of whom went undrafted — reported
    straight to Giants training camp and made the roster. Ultimately, the
    lower-round and undrafted rookies made the more significant impacts as the
    Giants’ top selections did not perform up to expectations due to both
    unfortunate injuries and the unprecedented circumstances.

    Cornerback Prince Amukamara was the NFL’s final first-round pick to sign with
    his team and two practices into his training camp he fractured a bone in his
    left foot. The injury forced him to miss the Giants’ first nine regular-season

    After an interception in his debut against the Eagles, Amukamara went on to
    struggle, ultimately getting benched against the Redskins in Week 15.

    The disappointment trickled down to other draft choices.

    Second-round pick Marvin Austin was sidelined for the season after tearing
    his pectoral muscle during the preseason and third-round selection Jerrel
    Jernigan didn’t catch a pass at wide receiver. The team’s fourth-round choice,
    offensive tackle James Brewer, was never active for a game.

    This offseason, of course, is lockout-free and the Giants expect the class,
    in turn, to contribute more in 2012 after a season, postseason and offseason, in
    that order, under their belts.

    “It’s really huge because obviously with the lockout last year it hurt us as
    rookies,” linebacker Greg Jones, a 2011 sixth-round selection, said. “It did. I
    think all of us needed the extra learning and now a lot of us got thrown into
    the fire early. So now with that and learning from the ground up again, it’s
    been good. So I feel very confident going into next year.”


    "8:50 p.m. UPDATED to include Mosely deal.

    With rookie minicamp set to begin on Friday, the Giants have reached an
    agreement on a contract with another one of their draft picks: cornerback Jayron

    The team's third-round pick will sign a four-year deal, according to someone
    informed of the progress of negotiations. The person requested anonymity because
    the Giants haven't announced the contract yet.

    Based on his slotting as the 94th overall pick, Hosley's deal will include a
    signing bonus of $515,000.

    Hosley, who left Virginia Tech after his junior season, had three
    interceptions last season after recording nine as a sophomore. He and the Giants
    said a big reason for the dip was because teams didn't throw his way that often.
    In fact, Hosley said he left school early because college football was getting
    "too easy" for him.

    Hosley had concussion issues last season and failed a drug test at the
    Scouting Combine but the Giants weren't concerned about either apparent red
    flag. Hosley said he's learned his lesson from the failed test.

    * * * *

    Meanwhile, the Giants have also agreed to a four-year deal with OT Matt
    Mosley, according
    to his agent
    , though our man Adam
    Caplan reported it first

    Mosley, the second of the team's two fourth-round picks, will get a $300,584
    signing bonus."



    "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.

    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.

    "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.

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

    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.

    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.

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

    "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."

    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.

    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.

    "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."


    "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.

    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

    “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.

    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

    “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.”



    "All seven members of the Giants' 2012 draft class have signed their

    You already knew that five of the seven picks were done, but after the first
    practice of rookie minicamp Tom Coughlin confirmed that all seven were either
    signed or about to sign their deals. That includes second-round receiver Rueben
    Randle and seventh-round defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.

    And yes, that is a new record for the Giants, who have never had all seven of
    their draft picks signed this early. Welcome to the wonderful world of the new
    Collective Bargaining Agreement with the rookie salary cap that slots salaries
    and bonuses and leaves little, if any, room for negotiations.

    In other words: Rookies get what they get and they don't get upset.

    Well, maybe they get upset, but there's nothing they can do about that


    The official UDFA list

    The Giants announced the signings of eight undrafted free agents -- not the
    10 that scouting director Marc Ross said they signed in the hour after the NFL
    draft. The list includes:

    WR Julian Talley (UMass), WR David Douglas (Arizona), RB/FB Joe Martinek
    (Rutgers), S Jojo Nicolas (Miami), S Janzen Jackson (McNeese State), DE Matt
    Broha (Lousiana Tech), DE Adewale Ojomo (Miami), and G Stephen Goodin

    One player thought to be a UDFA -- WR Damian Davis (Mary Hardin-Baylor) is
    actually here on a tryout."


    "The Giants reloaded their offense during the NFL draft, and they’ll get their
    first look at how much the new kids can really help when they take the field for
    the start of rookie minicamp on Friday.

    Jerry Reese said it was
    just a coincidence, but the GM used five of his seven selections on offensive
    players, including two expected to have an immediate impact — first-round
    running back David Wilson and
    second-round receiver Rueben Randle. They
    were scheduled to arrive at the Meadowlands on Thursday night, along with the
    rest of the draft picks, 10 undrafted free agents and a large group of tryout

    They’ll be on the field for two practices during each of the next two

    “We drafted the best guys,” Reese said after the draft. “That’s what our
    thinking was. It just so happened that some of the best guys were offensive guys
    this time. We just try to go in there and get the best players, and this time
    there were more offensive players than defensive players — simple as that.”

    Maybe so, but Wilson and Randle are expected to fill two big holes in the
    Giants’ offense. Wilson is slated to replace Brandon Jacobs as
    the No. 2 running back, and Randle should step in for Mario Manningham
    as the third receiver. Tight end Adrien Robinson,
    the Giants’ fourth-round pick who was dubbed by Reese as “the JPP of tight
    ends,” in reference to the potential of Giants defensive end Jason
    , also could compete for a big role this season.

    The competition for those positions will begin on Friday morning. As Randle
    said via Twitter, “Today starts a new journey in my life.”

    The Giants agreed to terms on four-year deals
    with two more draft picks on Thursday — CB Jayron Hosley (third round)
    and OL Brandon Mosley (fourth). They have now signed four of their seven
    picks, including TE Adrien Robinson (fourth) and OL Matt McCants
    (sixth). . . . OL Rich Ohrnberger , a Long Island native (East Meadow)
    who spent the last three seasons with the Patriots, will try out for the Giants
    this weekend."



    "So far, it has been two weeks of accepting congratulations and thinking about
    entering the NFL as a member of the Super Bowl champion Giants. For the team’s
    seven draft picks, the real work begins Friday at the start of a three-day
    rookie minicamp designed to be the first glimpse of what their professional
    lives will be about.

    “Today starts a new journey in my life,’’ receiver Rueben Randle yesterday
    wrote on his Twitter account.

    Randle, a second-round pick from LSU, and the other draft picks and undrafted
    free agents spent Thursday getting physicals at the Giants’ facility. They will
    be on the field for four practices in the next three days.

    “Start my first JOB today,’’ running back David Wilson tweeted. “Y’all ready
    to watch me work??”

    Of course, these practices are not open to the public, but soon enough,
    Giants fans will get a look at Wilson, the first-round pick from Virginia Tech
    who figures to be the second part of the 1-2 punch in the backfield behind Ahmad

    High-profile picks such as Wilson and Randle will challenge for immediate
    playing time, but the majority of the participants in this camp will be looking
    to make an impression in order to stick around. There are expected to be 10
    signed undrafted free agents on hand — the Giants have confirmed Rutgers
    fullback Joe Martinek and safety Janzen Jackson of McNeese State — as well as
    players attending the camp on a tryout basis.

    Some of these undrafted players are likely to find their way onto the roster
    — or at least the practice squad — because, despite the odds stacked against
    them, it almost always works out that way.

    A year ago, fullback Henry Hynoski and linebackers Mark Herzlich and Spencer
    Paysinger went undrafted, yet were impressive enough in rookie camp, veteran
    minicamp and throughout training camp to make the final roster.

    The Giants agreed to terms with two more draft picks, cornerback Jayron
    Hosley (third round out of Virginia Tech) and offensive lineman Brandon Mosley
    (fourth round out of Auburn). Both will sign four-year contracts for the league
    minimums, with Hosley getting a signing bonus of $515.000 and Mosley getting a
    bonus of $300,584."


    "There was no way Tom Coughlin was going to offer a detailed run-down of what
    he saw during the first morning of rookie mini-camp, mainly because the veteran
    coach is never one to jump to any conclusions after such a cursory look.

    Coughlin, though, on Friday did admit “I was very impressed with Randle out
    on the field this morning’’ and there’s little doubt the entire coaching staff,
    if they weren’t already excited, enjoyed the first look at Rueben Randle, the
    second-round draft pick from LSU.

    The highlight of the session was Randle at 6-foot-2 getting a step on
    third-round pick Jayron Hosley, the 5-10 cornerback from Virginia Tech, during
    the 7 on 7 drill. Quarterback Ryan Perrilloux hit Randle in stride and he made
    an over-the-shoulder catch deep downfield.

    It was not the only eye-catching moment for Randle, whose production suffered
    this past season primarily because of LSU’s struggles at the quarterback
    position. On the first pass 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.

    The other pass-catcher the Giants took in the draft, tight end Adrien
    Robinson, showed quick hands while reaching up to haul in a short throw. “He
    made the really tough grab,’’ Coughlin said. “It was a short-range throw but it
    was on him quickly and he was able to react to it. That was a



    "David Wilson arrived in North Jersey ready to show off his wheels among other
    parts of his game during the Giants’ rookie minicamp this weekend.

    Just don’t expect the former Virginia Tech running back and recent
    first-round draft pick of the reigning Super Bowl champions to be taking his
    souped-up ride to the streets around the team’s practice facility any time

    In college, Wilson turned heads by driving around campus in his
    Hokie-inspired burnt orange 1978 Thunderbird, complete with Ostrich
    leather-covered seats, 24-inch rims and a customized stereo system.

    "It took a pretty big makeover," Wilson recalled, referring to the vehicle he
    refurbished after purchasing from a neighbor on a $2,000 loan from his parents.
    "I don’t think that car’s going to work up in New York, though, so it’s probably
    not coming up with me. Probably, better it stays home."

    Wilson and the rest of the Giants’ rookies will hit the field for the first
    time today with two scheduled practices in front of the coaching staff they plan
    on impressing in a quest not only for roster spots, but eventually playing

    Those participating will include the team’s seven 2012 draft picks, in
    addition to recently signed undrafted free agents such as former Rutgers
    fullback Joe Martinek and plenty of yet-to-be-revealed tryouts hoping to make an

    "Clearing the mind. Next chapter of my life starts tomorrow," Martinek wrote
    in a tweet.

    The drafting of Wilson, wide receiver Rueben Randle, defensive back Jayron
    Hosley and tight end Adrien Robinson filled significant holes for the Giants, in
    a sense replacing the departed Brandon Jacobs, Mario Manningham and Aaron Ross,
    in addition to an injured Jake Ballard.

    "We drafted the best guys," general manager Jerry Reese said in his
    post-draft news conference. "That’s what our thinking was. It just so happened
    that some of the best guys were offensive guys this time. We just try to go in
    there and get the best players, and this time there were more offensive players
    than defensive players — simple as that."




    GIANTS 101


    "No one get excited just yet, but wide receiver Rueben
    , running back David
    and tight end Adrien Robinson made a positive first impression
    during their first day with the 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.

    He wasn’t the only one. Reports indicate that Adrien
    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.

    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
    photo gallery after hauling in a nifty reception.

    also showed some eye catching agility and cut moves according to
    those in attendance.

    Not all the news was positive. Markus Kuhn will miss all of mini-camp thanks
    to a non-football
    injury that he recently suffered. He is currently dealing with a laceration on
    his knee.

    Also, Jayron Hosely required attention from the trainers this afternoon.
    Inside 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.

    Check back tomorrow for an in depth review of the opening mini-camp



    "The New York
    Giants have rounded up their final rookie, signing seventh-round pick Markus
    , defensive tackle out of NC State, to an undisclosed deal.

    Following their first practice on Friday, head coach Tom Coughlin told
    reporters he had been informed all seven picks had been signed. The Giants later
    confirmed that via Twitter.

    Because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), rookies are now
    able to be signed much more seamlessly. There's no longer a threat of a holdout
    because their contracts are pre-determined. As a result, all draftees for Big
    Blue are now under contract long before they have ever been previously.

    Earlier this week, Kuhn expressed his excitement and anticipation to battle for a spot on the
    Giants' depth chart.

    "I don't really set myself too many long-term goals, I always say if you work
    hard, good things are going to happen. As of right now, the next goal is to get
    there, be good in rookie minicamp and work hard during the strength and
    conditioning. Hopefully, I'll get a chance and make the 53-man roster," Kuhn


    "The New York
    have signed their second-round pick (63rd overall) Rueben
    , wide receiver out of LSU, reports Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

    Based on where he was picked in the 2012 NFL Draft, Randle will receive a signing bonus of
    $834,132. Additional financial details and length of his contract have not yet
    been made public.

    With Randle now signed, it leaves defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (7th round –
    239th overall) as the only draftee unsigned or without an agreement. However,
    it's safe to assume he'll be under contract by the time rookie mini-camp lets
    out on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, Randle was receiving rave reviews for his performance at the
    morning practice. After an initial bobble on his first pass, he stole the show
    making several leaping and acrobatic grabs. He reinforced the sentiment that
    he's NFL ready and
    stood out above the rest of the rookies. The common phrase was "Giants fans are
    going to love this guy when they see him."

    "Very impressed," Coughlin said of Randle."


    "New York
    rookie mini-camp is now underway, and in addition to their draftees
    and undrafted rookie free agents, Big Blue has invited several veteran players
    in for tryouts as well. Among them are former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
    , Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jamaal
    , New England Patriots offensive lineman Rich
    and Florida defensive back Will Hill, who most recently played in
    the Arena Football

    Other intriguing names in attendance are Australian rules punter Jy Bond, who
    was with the Giants in 2010, cornerback Dante Hughes, quarterback Dan LeFevour,
    safety Maurice Rolle, linebacker Shawnbrey McNeal and linebacker Nathan

    One familiar face is quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who is likely poised for
    another tumultuous season of being cut and re-sign repeatedly. Others Big Blue
    nation is familiar with: offensive linem"an Selvish Capers, defensive end Craig
    Marshall, cornerback Brandon Bing and tight end Christian Hopkins.

    Eight undrafted free agents in attendance include WR Julian Talley (UMass),
    WR David Douglas (Arizona), FB Joe Martinek (Rutgers), S Jojo Nicolas (Miami), S
    Janzen Jackson (McNeese State), DE Adewale Ojomo (Miami), G Stephen Goodin
    (Nevraska-Kearney) and DE Matt Broha (Louisiana Tech).

    Ralph Vacchiano reports the team left two spots open (out of 90) in the event
    they're impressed with any of the tryout players.

    Stay tuned to Giants 101 as more information becomes available."


    "There has already been a decent amount of talk surrounding Rueben
    ’s potential role in the 2012 New York Giants offense. Will he
    be able to step in immediately as one of the top three “starters?” Will he need
    to wait his turn behind Domenik Hixon or Ramses Barden?

    The answers are far from here. But tomorrow, Randle will take the first step
    towards uncovering them when he takes place in the inaugural day of rookie
    mini-camp. If Randle is unable to earn what is technically the second spot on
    the depth chart, as New York plans to use Cruz in the slot as often as
    possible, he isn’t expected to fall farther than fourth.

    When asked about his new toy, General Manager Jerry Reese remarked, “He looks
    like a big, pro wide receiver out there, the way he moves around. “I think he's
    going to be a quick fit into the offense because of how he plays. He's big and
    can post guys up.”

    Randle isn’t the only rookie with the potential for a prominent spot in the
    offense this season.

    Running back David
    will be looking to turn heads this weekend. Wilson, is projected as a
    future feature back for the Giants and could even make his debut as a starter in
    2012 should Ahmad Bradshaw once again succumb to injury.

    Taken in the fourth round, tight end Adrien
    will have a spot on this team as well. How large a role he will be
    given is yet to be seen.

    Like Jake Ballard, Robinson will not be entering the NFL boasting a
    stellar receiving stat sheet from his time in college. In his most productive
    season, Robinson notched a paltry 12 receptions for 183 yards and a respectable
    three TDs.

    Nick Provo, a TE out of Syracuse that went undrafted, hauled in 51 receptions
    in his best season and accrued 537 yards. He found the end zone seven times.
    Provo was signed by the Ravens as a free agent.

    So why would Reese pounce on a player like Robinson as early as the fourth
    round when Provo and others of his caliber were still on the board? The answer
    lies in the nature of the current Giants predicament at the TE position.

    On the morning of February 5th, the Giants were not in position to make major
    changes at the position. By February 6th, they were down to one veteran TE that
    was projected to be healthy in late 2012.

    The addition of Martellus Bennett allowed the Giants to fill the role of top
    receiving TE. What they needed now was a blocker to compliment Bear Pascoe. At
    6’4 264 lbs, Robinson is one of the shorter TEs on the roster. However, despite
    his height he is listed as only one pound lighter than Bennett who is among the

    His physical style of play and bulky frame is what attracted the Giants to a
    player that many feel was a reach pick.

    While he is the likely candidate to beat out Christian Hopkins for the final
    TE spot on the final roster thanks to his blocking potential, don’t rule out a
    possible evolution for Robinson. It is worth noting that in Ballard’s most
    productive collegiate season, he hauled in only two more receptions than
    Robinson and accounted for 33 less receiving yards. He did not score a TD in
    either his junior or senior season.

    Ballard’s lack of receiving success in college translated to 38 receptions
    for 604 yards and four TDs in his first year as a starter.

    Will Robinson be able to find a new gear in the NFL? Will Randle
    and Wilson continue to match or exceed early expectations? Things will become
    clearer tomorrow."



    "'Frisky' might be the best word to use to describe the way first-round draft
    choice David Wilson
    looked during Friday afternoon's practice, the second of the 2012 New
    York Giants
    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 Ahmad
    showed some explosion and big-play potential during the afternoon

    Related: David Wilson Transcript

    "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."

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

    "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."

    Practice Notes

      [*]Third-round pick Jayron
      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
      [*]Gilbride said the Giants are using 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.
      [*]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."
      [*]There are two practices on Saturday that are
      open to reporters, but again closed to the public."

      "The New York Giants
      have eight undrafted free agents signed as they conduct rookie mini-camp this
      weekend. They are allowed 10.

      The eight signed UDFAs are wide receivers David
      of Arizona and Julien Talley of Massachusetts, fullback Joe Martinek
      of Rutgers and guard Stephen Goodin of Nebraska-Kearney, defensive ends Adewale
      of Miami and Matt Broha of
      Louisiana Tech and safeties Jojo Nicolas of Miami and Janzen
      of McNeese State.

      Bios of the UDFAs, courtesy of the Giants' PR staff, after the jump.

      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,

      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 Victor
      ...Sociology major...First-team All-South Jersey at Winslow High
      School...Born June 9, 1989.

      JOE MARTINEK, FB, 5-11, 224,

      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 rushing yards and 80 touchdowns and appeared in the
      Jan. 11, 2007 issue of the Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd."...Martinek
      also won the state title in the javelin throw...Criminal justice major...Born
      Feb. 8, 1989.

      STEPHEN GOODIN, OL, 6-6, 308,

      Three-year starter...Played left guard in 2008 and 2009
      and left tackle in 2011...Took a medical redshirt in 2010 after suffering an
      injury in fall camp...In 2011, was an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
      first-team pick...Team co-captain helped the Lopers average 39.5 points and 519
      yards a game...Reserve guard and tackle in 2007 after 2006 redshirt
      season...Chemistry major...All-State tight end at Hastings High School in
      Nebraska...Born Aug. 25, 1988.

      ADEWALE OJOMO, DE, 6-3, 255,

      Played in 35 games with 14 starts in a three-season career at
      Miami, where he had 79 tackles (42 solo), 9.5 sacks and 16.0 tackles for
      losses...As a junior in 2011, switched to defensive end from tackle and played
      in 11 games with seven starts...Was credited with 19 tackles (nine solo), 3.5
      tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks...In 2010, played in 13 games with four starts
      and had career-high totals of 38 tackles (21 solo) and 5.0 sacks...Did not play
      in 2009 after having jaw surgery in the preseason...As a redshirt freshman in
      2008, Ojomo played in 11 games with three starts and had 22 tackles (12 solo)
      with 3.0 sacks...Posted a career-high six tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble
      against Wake Forest...Criminal justice major...Played at Hialeah High School in
      Florida, where he was a linebacker for two seasons before switching to defensive
      end...Born Nov. 11, 1988.


      Started all 50 games in which he played at Louisiana Tech...Finished
      career with 152 tackles (80 solo), 22.0 sacks (second in school history) and 32
      tackles for losses...In 2011, was named first team All-WAC after totaling 45
      tackles (25 solo) with 9.5 tackles for a losses, including 7.5 sacks, two forced
      fumbles and two pass break-ups...Second-team All-WAC in 2010, when he had a
      career-high 9.0 sacks among his 45 tackles...Had 36 tackles and 5.0 sacks in
      2009 and 27 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2008...Redshirted in 2007...Played at
      Catholic High School in Baton Rouge...Born June 6, 1989.

      S, 6-0, 196, MIAMI

      Played in 50 games at Miami, where he had 141 tackles
      (76 solo) and three interceptions...In 2011, started all 12 games and finished
      third on the team with 66 tackles (37 solo) and led the team with two
      interceptions... Received the team's Melching Leadership Award...In 2010,
      started 10 games at safety and had 36 tackles (16 solo)...Played three games and
      had 10 tackles (three solo) in 2009 before sitting out the rest of the season
      and earning a medical redshirt...In 2008, played in 11 games with eight starts
      and had 28 tackles (20 solo), including a career-high seven at Georgia Tech...As
      a freshman in 2007, Nicolas played in 11 games, mainly on special teams...Picked
      up first career interception in first game of the season vs. Marshall...Played
      wide receiver and defensive back at Homestead High School in Florida...Criminal
      justice major...Born March 3, 1989.

      JANZEN JACKSON, S, 5-10, 189,

      Jackson played 2 seasons at Tennessee before finishing his
      career at McNeese State...Played in 33 games with 26 starts - 22 at free safety
      and four at cornerback and totaled 137 tackles (88 solo), two forced fumbles,
      one fumble recovery, 21 pass break-ups and eight interceptions for 239 yards in
      returns, including an 84-yarder for a touchdown in his final game...At
      Tennessee, played in 23 games with 22 starts and 106 tackles (66 solo), six
      interceptions and two sacks...In 2011, he joined the McNeese State team late,
      but played in 10 games with four starts...Was credited with 31 tackles (22
      solo), a forced fumble, seven pass deflections and two interceptions...In his
      final season at Tennessee in 2010,
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012 - 2:53 P.M.

    thanks Roanoke!

    great job getting the draft picks all signed! thats why the Giants organization is one of the best!



    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012 - 2:53 P.M.

      [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

      thanks Roanoke!

      great job getting the draft picks all signed! thats why the Giants organization is one of the best!


      It's great to have those contracts done so everyone can focus on football.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012 - 2:53 P.M.

        Thanks RF !
        " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.


        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012 - 2:53 P.M.

          [quote user="G-Men Surg."]Thanks RF ![/quote]

          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012 - 2:53 P.M.

              [quote user="derekunion28"]thanks[/quote]

              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1