Giants’ rookie playmakers flashing potential at minicamp

East Rutherford, NJ -- June 11, 2024 -- Wide receiver, Malik Nabers at the NY Giants Mandatory Minicamp at their practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ.
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The New York Giants kicked off their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday as they begin their summer practices in preparation for the upcoming 2024 season. This offseason, the Giants focused on adding talent to their offense. Three of their draft picks this spring were offensive skill-position players. So far, those rookie playmakers have been flashing potential in practice, and it looks like they will be immediate contributors to Big Blue’s offense.

Malik Nabers is flashing the elite potential that got him drafted No. 6 overall

East Rutherford, NJ -- June 11, 2024 -- Wide receiver, Malik Nabers at the NY Giants Mandatory Minicamp at their practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ.
East Rutherford, NJ — June 11, 2024 — Wide receiver, Malik Nabers at the NY Giants Mandatory Minicamp at their practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ. Credit: Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

An extreme amount of hype and excitement is building in East Rutherford, New Jersey as first-round pick Malik Nabers continues to dazzle at Giants practice. Nabers grabbed the fans’ attention on social media once again on Tuesday as he made a spectacular one-handed catch in the end zone:

According to the practice report on Giants.com, Nabers “recorded a handful of catches” during Tuesday’s practice. That has been a frequent trend as the LSU first-rounder had been stacking receptions and touchdowns throughout OTAs.

When asked about the impression Nabers thinks he’s made on the coaching staff so far, the Giants’ new WR1 dropped a quote to rile up the fans:

“I bring the dog, I bring the juice when I’m out there.”

Malik Nabers via Giants.com

Theo Johnson has big shoes to fill following Darren Waller’s retirement

East Rutherford, NJ -- June 11, 2024 -- Tight end, Theo Johnson at the NY Giants Mandatory Minicamp at their practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ.
East Rutherford, NJ — June 11, 2024 — Tight end, Theo Johnson at the NY Giants Mandatory Minicamp at their practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ. Credit: Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

With Darren Waller officially announcing his retirement earlier this week, all eyes have narrowed on rookie tight end Theo Johnson. The Giants’ fifth-round pick out of Penn State is stepping into a larger role than initially expected with Waller no longer on the roster.

Johnson stood out on the first day of minicamp. He hauled in a deep touchdown pass from Tommy DeVito toward the end of practice, continuing to build on a solid string of practices that began in OTAs.

The Giants might have a gem in their backfield

East Rutherford , NJ — May 10, 2024 -- Running back fifth round draft pick, Tyrone Tracy Jr. as the NY Giants hold their Rookie Camp and introduce their new draft picks.
East Rutherford , NJ — May 10, 2024 — Running back fifth round draft pick, Tyrone Tracy Jr. as the NY Giants hold their Rookie Camp and introduce their new draft picks. Credit: Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Giants are rebuilding their backfield this offseason following the departure of Saquon Barkley. Rookie fifth-round running back Tyrone Tracy Jr. could be a hidden gem who plays a large role in the offense as a rookie.

According to Art Stepleton of North Jersey, Tracy Jr. “spent a good portion of 11/11 drills today with the 1s.” He has looked sharp during practice this spring and is aiming to earn some decent playing time during the summer. Tracy Jr. already receiving some action with the first team is exciting. As Stapleton points out, Tracy Jr. is “already making a push” to be the Giants’ running back on passing downs.

Tracy Jr.’s experience as a receiver should aid in his attempt to earn playing time as Big Blue’s receiving back. He began his collegiate career as a wide receiver before converting to running back full-time in 2023. The Giants will aim to get him involved in the offense a dynamic running back who can make plays out of the backfield.

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