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Who impressed at Giants rookie mini-camp practice?

Posted May 8, 2015

Giants.com's Dan Salomone brings you everything you need to know from Day 1 of Rookie Mini-Camp

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The New York Giants held their first practice of rookie mini-camp on Friday, and for most players, it was the first time in their new team colors.

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Sixty-five players -- the Giants’ six draft picks, rookie free agents and prospects on a tryout basis -- hit the field for drills along with their coaches and coordinators.

Here is a roundup from Day 1:

HIGHLIGHTS

Sixth-round draft pick Geremy Davis, a 6-foot-2, 216-pound receiver out of Connecticut, pulled in the first long pass of the day from tryout quarterback Gary Nova, who finished his Rutgers career ranked first in school history in touchdowns (73), second in passing yards (9,258) and second in completions (689).

The first interception of camp went to former Concordia linebacker Takari Johnson. He was able to get his hands on a pass in traffic over the middle.

Wide receiver Addison Richards of Regina, Saskatchewan, made a nice toe-tapping grab on the sideline.

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Wide receiver Lemar Durant of Simon Fraser University had a good diving catch from Hawaii product Taylor Graham, who is the son of former Giants quarterback Kent Graham.

Meanwhile, tight end Jerome Cunningham, who spent time on the practice squad last year, had a busy day and hauled in a handful of catches.


OFFENSIVE LINE LINEUP

First-round draft pick Ereck Flowers began the rookie camp at left tackle, where the Giants’ top brass said he could compete in the future. Meanwhile, Bobby Hart, who rounded out the draft class as the sixth and final member, started at right guard. Below are the offensive line configurations (left to right) seen today. Keep in mind, they will be fluid throughout camp and beyond.

Ereck Flowers-Michael Bamiro-Brett Jones-Bobby Hart-Sean Donnelly

Jacob Ruby-Sukh Chungh-Sean McEwen-Mario Rodriguez-Kevin Murphy

SAFETY LOOK

Second-round pick Landon Collins, whom the Giants traded up to get with the first selection of the second round, started at safety, where he was a consensus All-American and national champion at Alabama. He spent time playing alongside cornerback-turned-safety Bennett Jackson, a sixth-round pick by the Giants a year ago.

Back at the combine in February, head coach Tom Coughlin alluded to the possibility of Jackson, who spent last season on the practice squad/injured list with a knee injury, getting looks at safety. And it appears he has made the switch in position and jersey number. He now wears No. 24.

HALL OF FAMER ROBUSTELLI’S GRANDSON IN CAMP

There is a familiar name donning the back of a Giants jersey. Wide receiver Andrew Robustelli is the grandson of Andy Robustelli, the late and great Hall of Fame defensive end who played with the Giants from 1956-1964. The younger Robustelli, 6-2, 209, played at Jacksonville University, where he was named first-team All-Pioneer Football League.
SUPER BOWL WINNERS TOOK IN PRACTICE

Spotted on the sidelines watching practice were former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and safety Deon Grant, who were teammates on the 2011 team that claimed Super Bowl XLVI (Jacobs also helped the franchise win Super Bowl XLII).