The New York Giants hosted their first rookie minicamp practice on Friday afternoon, featuring the team’s new draft picks. The team had 85 players listed on the rookie minicamp roster, with Brian Lewerke as the only quarterback. That is probably why general manager Joe Schoen was seen throwing footballs around the field and participating in individual drills.
First-round picks Kayvonn Thibodeaux, and Evan Neal were on full display, showcasing their awesome attributes and athletism. Thibodeaux, specifically, spoke about the importance of camp and how excited he was to finally get started.
“I put it on and i feel like I’m not there yet,” Thibodeaux said, via NJ.com. “There’s still some hoops and hurdles I gotta go through to be part of the team … It still hasn’t hit me.”
Thibodeaux has eagerly digested Wink Martindale’s defensive playbook, and while there’s plenty of work left to be done, he is well on his way to making an impact in his first season as a professional football player.
The drills were all non-contact, given the nature of the practices, but seeing how massive Evan Neal is at 6’8″ and 365 pounds is astounding. The Alabama stand-out is preparing to take over at right tackle and help stifle some of the NFC East’s dominant pass rushers.
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Wan’Dale Robinson Vs Cor’Dale Flott:
One of the more exciting matchups this off-season will be second-round receiver Wan’Dale Robinson and LSU defensive back Cor’Dale Flott, who was chosen in the third round with the 81st overall pick. Both players faced off against each other in 2021 when LSU traveled to Kentucky.
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Robinson got the better of Flott in the game, but both players acknowledged how talented one another was. After an exciting matchup last season, they will have an opportunity to face off daily in multiple alignments. Robinson is capable of lining up in the slot and outside, and I imagine Flott will also travel to the boundary despite projections he will play the nickel position in the NFL.
Luckily, there were no disappointing mishaps like last season when Kadarius Toney had the size of the wrong cleats. Everything went smoothly in Joe Schoen’s first rookie minicamp practice, setting the tone for the rest of the off-season.