The 5 Biggest Takeaways from New York Giants Rookie Camp
Two days. That's all it took to get scrutinized first-round draftee Justin Pugh into the fold up front. That's all it took to get hyped about the upside of Damontre Moore. Two days have the Giants' rookies already involved in a bounce-back 2013.
Despite its brevity, Giants rookie camp provided a swarm of highlights and exciting moments. Two-a-day sessions were held Friday and Saturday, with a group of undrafted free agents invited to try out as well.
Check out the five biggest takeaways from camp this weekend, starting with Pugh's first reps in Big Blue.
New York's first-rounder out of Syracuse is already set to show off some character. Giants fans got their first hints at that Friday, when Pugh lined up at right tackle. Though he claims he can play guard, tackle or even center, Pugh's right tackle reps mean that he could push David Diehl and James Brewer for a spot in the starting lineup.
Pugh will battle a vicious Giants D-line this summer, so getting involved early is encouraging. He blocked for Orange teammate Ryan Nassib, who will also be heavily featured in training camp sets.
Aaron Curry Gets Signed
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Though not technically in rookie camp, the Giants made waves this weekend by inking former stud linebacker Aaron Curry. The fourth-overall pick of 2009, Curry flopped in a three-year tilt with Seattle and was released from Oakland last year.
The expectations are low; the upside is still high. Curry's been hindered by a nagging knee injury, but could be an asset on the outside for a Giants defense that lacks athleticism at linebacker.
Many Giants fans were surprised when the team opted to draft linemen with its first two picks instead of a 'backer. But evidently, Jerry Reese isn't completely ignoring the need at the position. Now let's see what Curry can do.
Ryan Nassib Impressed
Donning No. 9, Nassib led the offense in 7-on-7 drills and impressed Tom Coughlin and staff. Though he overthrew a pass for an interception—one of Nassib's biggest criticisms in pre-draft scouting—he reportedly showed impressive command of the unit.
Nassib will be a viable backup for Eli Manning this season. It's still unclear as to what New York's long-term plan is for him, but it looks like things are off to a good start.
Lesser Names Look Big
Tom Coughlin and Co. brought in some massive free agents this weekend, and while it's an uphill battle for any of them to crack a final roster, the size is encouraging.
Michael Jasper, a guard from Bethel, weighs in at 375 pounds, while UDFA LaVon McCoy weighs in at 380.
Meanwhile, fifth-round safety Cooper Taylor stands at 6'4", while seventh-round guard Eric Herman is 6'4" 320 lbs. With huge frames and reported athleticism, this is a competitive group with the size to at least make things interesting this spring and summer.
Damontre Moore Eager
Stories of Moore's athleticism have leaked this weekend. A talent of first-day draft potential, Moore notched 11.5 sacks last year and has garnered comparisons to fellow Texas A&M rusher Von Miller. He fielded questions on his emotional maturity and physical readiness this weekend.
It remains to be seen how the Giants will use Moore or how prepared he is for the pro level. But this weekend could be the start to something special, and with Perry Fewell's pressure defense always making use of fast personnel, he could end up making a pretty big rookie impact.