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Mailbag: How the rookies are faring; RB depth


Harold in New York: How have the Giants' draft picks looked in training camp so far?

John Schmeelk: Rookies Darnay Holmes, Xavier McKinney and Andrew Thomas have slid into their roles seamlessly, and if you didn't know they were rookies, you wouldn't be able to tell. McKinney has looked sharp in coverage and lined up in different spots. He seems to have a knack for anticipating where the quarterback is going to throw the ball so he can disrupt the play. Thomas has not looked overmatched in 1-on-1 drills at offensive tackle. Holmes has gotten his hands on more footballs than any other defensive back in camp, and he has been able to play sticky man-to-man coverage across the field.

Matt Peart looks thicker and stronger than he appeared on his college tape from UConn, and has held his own fairly well in 1-on-1 drills. Shane Lemieux is the physical boxcar-type offensive lineman we expected to see. Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin are coming along behind the veterans as edge rushers, but I would be surprised if either lifts themselves above Markus Golden, Kyler Fackrell, Lorenzo Carter or Oshane Ximines on the depth chart. TJ Brunson is a fast and physical linebacker who is not afraid to hit. Chris Williamson and Tae Crowder seem to be assignment sound. All of these rookies will have to earn their spots by being contributors on special teams.

Gordon in Texas: Who do you think will earn the last spot on the roster at running back?

John Schmeelk: The trio of Saquon Barkley, Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman have each had their moments in practice and looked good with the ball in their hands. Eli Penny is the only fullback on the roster. Whether the team keeps Javon Leake will be interesting. He is very explosive and could be a weapon in space.

Mitchell in Georgia: What have you seen from Christian Angulo so far?

John Schmeelk: I honestly haven't noticed him much in practice which can be a good thing for a cornerback. Although it means he isn't knocking away a lot of passes, it also means that receivers aren't catching a lot of passes on him. He definitely has the type of size you are looking for out from the position.


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