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A group of young WRs receive some instruction during mini camp.
After releasing another undrafted rookie, running back Jeremy Wright, the Giants signed wide receiver Keith Carlos, who played his college ball with the Purdue Boilermakers. He went undrafted in 2011 and landed with the Philadelphia Eagles for only a short period of time.
Now, nearly two years later, he is attempting to make the Giants' squad as a rookie again. The Connecticut native has experience playing both receiver and running back, making him just the type of versatile athlete head coach Tom Coughlin tends to favor.
Carlos played a limited role in Purdue's offense, never recording more than 500 yards—rushing or receiving—in a single season. He was, however, an all-conference selection at Lackawanna College in 2008, before transferring to Purdue.
Wide receiver Brandon Collins is back again this spring after failing to separate himself from a crowded cast of talented pass-catchers in 2012. Although he was a member of the Giants' practice squad last season, he is still listed as a rookie on the roster since he has no NFL playing experience.
Among undrafted rookies, Collins has a relatively good shot at making the team. However, as Collins proved last year, an impressive spring does not always yield a roster spot in September. After playing well in OTAs a year ago, Collins disappeared in training camp and the preseason. He was cut when the Giants narrowed their roster to 75 men.
This summer, Collins will try to prolong the success he's had early on. If he avoids fizzling out this time, he could settle in nicely on the Giants' wide receiver depth chart.
The Giants could find a hidden gem in wide receiver Kevin Hardy, who is known for his blazing speed. After going undrafted in 2012, the graduate of The Citadel was signed by the New Orleans Saints, but he did not make the team. Like many other NFL hopefuls, Hardy is coming back for a second shot at stardom in 2013.
Hardy is extremely raw but could be used as a return specialist. He was originally a member of The Citadel's track team, where he specialized in the long jump. Hardy collected three conference titles in the event during his collegiate career. It is uncertain whether or not Hardy will be able to translate his track ability onto the gridiron.
At The Citadel, Hardy did not stand out statistically—his best offensive season was his sophomore year, when he caught just 14 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown—but his athleticism has not gone unnoticed. His 4.4 second 40-yard dash time helped him become one of The Citadel's all-purpose yardage leaders during his senior season.