The New York Giants had rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux sporting a red jersey during involuntary and voluntary workouts several weeks ago. Thibodeaux picked up a minor hip injury during one of the earlier practices, brewing concern that he might miss some of training camp.
However, head coach Brian Daboll doesn’t have to worry about Thibodeaux’s current health status, as he announced he will be fully prepared and ready to participate at the end of July.
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The Giants will have their top draft pick for training camp:
“I’m fully healthy, I’m doing fine,” Thibodeaux said, via NFL Network. “I’m back training and I’ll be ready to go for training camp.”
Thibodeaux has begun the development process required from every rookie to adjust to the NFL level. With increased athleticism and physicality in the trenches, Thibodeaux has a lot to learn, but he’s been soaking in every ounce of information to give himself a competitive edge.
“It’s been great learning from the guys,” Thibodeaux said. “One person can’t do every move, so it’s been understanding what I can do and what’s good for me and my game. Then it’s fine-tuning everything I have. … The biggest challenge (heading into my rookie season) is understanding I can’t control everything. I can only control what I can control. Even though I want to do as much as I can, I can only do the task at hand, my job.”
The Giants spent the 5th overall on Thibodeaux to serve as their outside linebacker opposite Azeez Ojulari. The Oregon stand-out pass rusher has impeccable tangible traits, ranking above average in height and arm length, and recording a 4.58 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, good for the 92nd percentile.
Featuring elite explosiveness and bend around the edge, the Giants have a potential star in the making, but maintaining his health will be the number one priority this upcoming season.