GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: CB BRANDON BING
"Brandon Bing spent last season on the Giants practice squad after being
released by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. The 5-foot-9 Bing
wouldn't say he feels more comfortable with an offseason under his belt after
not having one last year due to the lockout, but he looked it during the spring.
And coaches noticed -- they praised the second-year cornerback out of Rutgers
from rookie camp on through minicamp.
The energetic "Bada" Bing, as coaches and teammates call him, talks about
winning a spot on the active roster, how having an offseason has helped his
development, what he needs to improve and what's happening at Rutgers in this
latest installment of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire series</a>.</p>
Coaches have spoken highly of you this spring. After a season under
your belt, do you feel that much more comfortable?</p>
I feel a little bit better. I wouldn't say comfortable. I try not to be
content with anything. If anything, I'm trying to be discontent. I'm just trying
to be a student of the game and learn from the guys in front of me. Obviously,
rookie camp helped me a whole lot. It slowed a lot of things down and I got a
lot of reps that I wouldn't have gotten before. Because on paper you may be able
to get it down, but once you get out on the field it's a whole new game; you got
to react. So I'm definitely feeling a little bit better and confident only
because the material in the classroom is something I wanted to improve and
something I still strive to improve on now.
How much did not
having an offseason last year hurt you?</p>
Seriously, OTAs and minicamp and rookie camp and all those things are huge,
in my opinion. I think it affected me a whole lot. Me going out to Denver with
the season a month away, they had their draft picks and they had all these guys
so you didn't get much of a chance. There's only one practice [per day] and not
two so you don't get that many reps. So with the reps you get, you got to
basically catch a pick every time you get out there to open up some eyes. But
now I was able to go to rookie camp, I was able to be in OTAs and minicamp and
show some of the things that I'm capable of. So I think last year versus this
year, I think it's a huge advantage for the guys that had it versus not having
it at all.
Is being on the practice squad basically a tryout
I feel like even if you made the team, it's a tryout everyday. You got to
work everyday as if you could be cut that day because that is a possibility.
I've seen guys who've been in the league for years get cut, I've seen guys that
have been here a few days get cut. So it's a consistent grind. I feel like
everyday you go to prove yourself and not just prove those guys, but prove it to
yourself. I view myself as a perfectionist. I'm my own biggest critic. That kind
of strives me to improve. The possibility of improving and becoming a better
player is what keeps me going.</p>
What do you need to improve on as you look to get on the active
Weight was a problem at one point. I'm up to like 182, 183, but that was one
problem and I got that out of the way. Now I think it's more about the classroom
and taking advantage of the reps that I'm given and taking the mental reps and
turning them into reps on the field. A lot of times we don't get as many reps as
the first or second team so those missed reps are important for us to be able to
pick up versus a guy who's doing it. You got to be able to watch it and then do
it so it's not a problem. 'oh this guy doesn't even know what he's doing.' So
it's in the classroom, just being a student of the game.
close do you follow what goes on at Rutgers?</p>
Not too close, but I'm pretty close. I was over there for the spring game and
the singing and I spoke to Coach [Kyle] Flood and a lot of the players. I speak
to a lot players still. I was close to a lot of players there. I know enough
coming from the players and meeting up with Coach Flood at a Rutgers basketball
game or a spring game or something like that so I have some insight. Obviously,
we got one of the guys [Joe] Martinek here. I feel like every Rutgers that comes
out does pretty well in the NFL. not a distraction at all.
keep in contact with [former Rutgers coach] Greg Schiano?</p>
I talked to him through text a few weeks ago, it wasn't too long ago. We
don't go too long without speaking because we had like a family environment at
Rutgers. We all keep in contact, from coaches and players. I'm going over to Ray
Rice Day, the McCourtys are having a camp so I'm going to that. So we all keep
in contact. Even in the offseason I was with those guys.
Rutgers football be different without Schiano?</p>
No, because Kyle Flood's a great guy and not much has changed. Because he
knew how things were run over there. He'll have it his way – I'm not saying he's
going to fill his shoes or anything like that – but he'll don a great job over
there and it won't be weird because it's Rutgers and we're all family and it's
not that big of a deal.