Rookies, including all 11 draft picks, were on the field Friday for Day 1 of the New York Giants rookie minicamp. However, this wasn’t a high-intensity workout where players like Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal and Wan’Dale Robinson could clearly demonstrate their skills.
This was shorts and t-shirt work, much of it at a walk-through pace. There were 14 7v7 snaps thrown, but even those weren’t really high intensity.
So what were the Giants trying to achieve? Head Coach Brian Daboll explained the purpose of the mini camp to the rookies as follows:
“It’s for you [players] to get to know us, us to get to know you. There’s only a few days when we’re going to be doing stuff in the field. As you can see, there is still a long way to go,” said Daboll.
“I think it’s really important, especially for some of the tryout guys, to really minimize the package, not move, shift and all that crazy stuff. Just see who can perform out there and maybe we can find some guys in terms of the tryout guys.”
After the draft, Giants third-round pick Cor’Dale Flott, a cornerback, said Giants second-round pick Wan’Dale Robinson was his toughest wide receiver in college. On Friday, Robinson returned the favor.
Cor’Dale Flott said Wan’Dale Robinson was the toughest receiver he had to cover in college. Wan’Dale retaliates for Cor’Dale:
“This was the best slot corner I had to play against” pic.twitter.com/4Tx3Vnfxa8
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) May 13, 2022
Giants rookie safety Dane Belton, a fourth-round pick from Iowa, played Robinson for three years in college.
“He’s a really quick player, getting in and out of his breaks really well,” Belton said. “I think he’s an electric player.”
Robinson caught a few balls from quarterback Brian Lewerke during 7-on-7 drills, including short grabs in three straight games.
Robinson and Flott met a couple of times.
“Whatever they want from me — whether that’s running the ball, catching the ball, screens, jet sweeps… I’ll be able to do it.”
– Wan’Dale Robinson pic.twitter.com/Y2q5gRZvYN
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) May 13, 2022
Robinson also worked as a punt returner. I probably shouldn’t mention that he dropped the first ball that was kicked at him.
When asked for his opinion on Kayvon Thibodeaux, No. 5 overall, Daboll said the following:
“It was just good to meet him. You have so many different meetings. They meet at the combine harvester. Come up here. you meet him He’s a good young man. Have lots of energy. Even out there, we went for a walk earlier, he’s bringing some juice. Good sense of humor. I appreciate him.”
Thibodeaux brought some of that juice to his post-workout press.
Thibodeaux was asked about the $50,000 donation to Puppies Behind Bars to receive Giants placekicker Graham Gano’s #5 jersey.
“He’s a great guy. Before we even started negotiations, we really got to know each other. That’s the biggest part of being a teammate, joining someone’s family, getting to know them. Get some wisdom from him. I’ve been in the game for about 13 years. Lots of wisdom. He could give me much wisdom; We were able to make it work,” said Thibodeaux.
“And the military was big for me, my grandfather was in the military. He’s a military boy who finds a way to give back, to do something positive. We found out.”
Who is this QB?
The Giants have not signed or fielded undrafted quarterbacks on a Test basis. That left Lewerke, who spent last year on the practice team, as the only quarterback at mini-camp.
Except for GM Joe Schoen, who spent some time playing QB and throwing to receivers during individual practices.
For what it’s worth, Schoen can wing it a little.
A note from Kadarius Toney
No, the sophomore wide receiver wasn’t at mini-camp. He shouldn’t be. He was asked about it, however, and Daboll said Toney has been present at every practice session since he volunteered for the offseason program on April 25.
“I really like him. He’s smart. Again, you’re not really – you do things. A lot of them are on air and stuff like that,” said Daboll. “But you can tell he’s got instinctive football. It was one Happy to be with him. Good teammate. Smart. It was great.”
Daboll was vague about whether the Giants had the player or players on the list to replace recently-sacked cornerback James Bradberry.
“We have a lot of guys in rookie camp today and tryout stuff. We had guys here yesterday really all camp phase II. Guys working hard. good group Take it day by day,” he said. “We will work with the guys we have. We will try to add and sometimes replace guys when other guys are better. Really an everyday process.”