New York Giants OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis
Like every team in the pros, the New York Giants began their first slate of organized team activities last week. Though not much happens in two-day optional drills and workouts, it's the official beginning of Big Blue football in 2013.
The Giants were without a few big names last week, while some surprising skill position players fielded punts in practice. Catch up on what New York's been up to in OTAs.
Victor Cruz Didn't Show Up
We saw this coming from a mile away.
Cruz sat out Wednesday and Thursday's sessions as he continues to search for a lucrative long-term deal with the G-Men. It's certainly not good news, and it gives Cruz and Eli Manning less time to work together and bolster chemistry.
Still, not too much to worry about here. It's only a matter of time until the two sides reach an agreement.
Hakeem Nicks Didn't Either
This one is a little more confusing.
Nicks, who's in the final season of a five-year rookie contract, skipped out on the optional OTAs last week as well. With New York's two top targets out of commission, Eli Manning didn't have much to work with.
It's nothing to look too much into. Still, as evidenced by Tom Coughlin's comments on the matter, it's a little annoying.
Randle, Jernigan and Murphy Shined
Down two star wideouts, the other guys stepped up.
Second-year Rueben Randle and slot man Jerrel Jernigan were the starters in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 scrimmages, while newly-signed speedster Louis Murphy saw plenty of reps as well. All three players look to factor into the Giants offense this fall.
It's also interesting to note that the Giants just opted to bring back Ramses Barden. While Cruz and Nicks talk contracts, these four will have ample opportunities to impress.
Henry Hynoski Required Surgery
Unlike at wideout, the Giants don't have too much depth at fullback.
Standout third-year Henry Hynoski is New York's lone option at the position, so it's a bit discouraging to hear that he injured his left knee Wednesday. The "Hynocerous" went under the knife Friday, and says that he's still aiming to start come Week 1.
Bear Pascoe should man the fullback duties for now.
David Wilson Among Those in on Punt Returns
David Wilson joined Randle, Jernigan and cornerback Aaron Ross in fielding punts during OTAs. Wilson was an explosive special teams threat on kickoffs last year, but now that he's expected to assume the starting running back position, you'd have to think that his return duties will diminish.
It's nothing to look into now, and after the Giants ranked dead last in punt return yards, Wilson and his league-leading kickoff yardage could be vital in 2013. Risking Wilson on more reps is obviously a concern too.