Breaking Down the New York Giants' Rookie Class After the Preseason
The New York Giants have seven rookies on their roster (without counting the practice squad), and it's time to break them down.
These rookies have shown some promise, and the fact that there's seven on the team now proves that.
There's only so much we can tell from the preseason, but all of these rookies have shown signs of potential at least.
So let's break this class down, give out some grades, and have some fun with future predictions/projections.
Jayron Hosley, Cornerback
Turf toe sucks, but Jayron Hosley really impressed me against the New York Jets.
That's not something you usually see from a rookie, no matter who it is, when it happens or who he did it against.
I'd have to give him a B+ for what I saw out of him so far, as the turf toe limited his action.
With all the injuries to the Giants secondary, Hosley could end up starting at this point.
He'll definitely be a contributor if he can stay healthy—it's just a matter of where the chips fall.
Markus Kuhn, Defensive Tackle
Here's what Tom Coughlin had to say about Markus Kuhn via Dan Benton H/T Giants 101:
"Flashes. He’s a nice sturdy, young man. He’s starving to learn. Very, very good attitude. The kind of guy that we think can be like a sponge," Coughlin said. "He needs so much information, pretty solid inside. Doesn’t really know a whole lot about pass protection. We have a lot of room to coach him there."
Nothing new about a rookie being a little rough around the edges, especially when the head coach has good things to say about said rookie.
I'll give him a B with a small chance of starting at some point, but the much more likely scenario being he contributes in different sets the coaching staff puts him in.
Brandon Mosley, Tackle
"He may be a guy that can handle learning both guard and tackle right away, so we look forward to that," said New York coach Tom Coughlin after the draft.
So putting him to season-ending IR with an ankle injury was quite disappointing. The New York Giants did draft Brandon Mosley with their fourth-round draft pick, so they’ll be keeping him around.
Hopefully Mosley can make for the most of an unfortunate situation and come back healthy whenever he has the opportunity to do so.
Adewale Ojomo, Defensive End
Adewale Ojomo is going to have one of the easier jobs as a rookie defensive end in the NFL as a New York Giant. He’s behind Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora, so he’s going to get overlooked by some defenses.
Offensive lines can only worry about so many people, and Ojomo has a real shot to do some damage. All he has to do is sit back and absorb everything from the big trio of defensive ends that give other offensive lines nightmares at night.
He’s done some great things in the preseason, like causing a fumble that helped the Giants beat the Patriots in the final game of the preseason. Staying positive and aggressive are two things he has to continue to do.
I'll give Ojomo a B+ so far, as I can't see him being anything more than a backup this year, but he should be able to pick up some sacks.
Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver
Rueben Randle could very well be the next Mario Manningham, but Domenik Hixon is now the No. 3 receiver for the New York Giants.
I liked what I saw from him in the preseason, but he still has competition for that spot outside of Hixon with Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan.
David Wilson and Rueben Randle have good shots at becoming starters with the people in front of them not exactly being models of consistency, but as rookies, they obviously have some work to do.
I'll give Randle a B so far, and he won't be any worst than the No. 4 receiver. He's just too talented, and Eli Manning is too good for Randle to not contribute this season.
Adrien Robinson, Tight End
Adrien Robinson didn't get a lot of attention during the preseason, but he doesn't really have to.
The New York Giants' passing attack is already pretty deadly, and any contributions from Robinson are just an added bonus.
I can't give him anything better then a B so far, and I can't really see him making a huge impact this year unless something happens to Martellus Bennett or Bear Pascoe.
David Wilson, Running Back
I’ve been very consistent in saying that David Wilson will have a legitimate shot in winning the New York Giants' starting spot at running back, and it’s getting harder and harder to not at least acknowledge this as a possibility.
He’ll never be accused of taking the easy goals in life; this will give you an idea of what Wilson is shooting for this year:
- “Five yards per carry”
- “Score at least 10 touchdowns”
- “No sacks allowed on 'my behalf'"
- “A play of at least 20 yards” in every game
- “At least six 100-yard games”
- “No fumbles”
I can’t say he’ll accomplish all of these goals, but it’s always good to aim high. People called Eli Manning crazy when he made a bold prediction about being an elite quarterback, and he managed to back those words up nicely.
I'll give Wilson an A-, and I see him at the very worst being the backup running back for the Giants.
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