Here are some notes and observations from Friday's practice at Giants rookie minicamp:
The first day of rookie minicamp is in the books! When you throw a bunch of college tryout players on the field with some young veterans and draft picks that have never played together before, it isn't going to be a thing of beauty. There were some highs and lows throughout the day. Here's what I saw from the sideline:
- Kyle Lauletta started the practice red hot in one-on-one drills, completing his first four passes, including a couple deep down the field. On his fifth pass of the day, wide receiver Jawill Davis fell down, leading to an interception for Artrel Foster, a tryout cornerback from Tenple. For the rest of the day, you saw some good throws that were on time and accurate and others that were a beat late or off target. All the quarterbacks are still learning the speed and timing of their wide receivers. The bottom line is that Lauletta seemed to have a good feel for the offense and threw a nice spiral. There didn't seem to be any issues with arm strength on deep balls on a day with a light breeze. It looks like Lauletta likes to wear a glove on his off-hand, much like Eli Manning did last year.
- Pat Shurmur couldn't have been happy with the number of issues handling the football. There were a few fumbled exchanges between the quarterback, center and running back. There were also a few dropped passes by receivers. They will try to clean up those mistakes in Saturday's practice.
- Saquon Barkley was used a lot in the passing game, and showed his ability to get separation at the top of the route. I didn't see him drop any passe, either, showing good soft hands. The way he does everything can be best described as "springy". It looks like he is always on the balls of his feet with the ability to change direction in a flash. He has a ridiculously thick and strong lower half that gives him that type of explosion. He was decisive on most of his runs, but I did see him hesitate a bit too much on one outside run, which would have turned into a loss in the backfield when he tried to double back. Barkley said at his introductory press conference that is something he is working on improving.
- RJ McIntosh wasn't able to participate in practice. The Team says he is being treated for a mild medical condition. B.J. Hill and Will Hernandez were out there, but with contact between offense and defense prohibited, it is really hard to see much from either guy.
- The athleticism of Lorenzo Carter jumps off the field, and seeing him move around in person screams to me edge rusher rather than linebacker. He is long with a fast first step. At 6-4 and 250 pounds, I would expect to see him try to turn that edge and get to the quarterback a lot this season.
- Tryout tight end Garret Dickerson got some great separation on a couple of one-on-one drills against linebackers, making catches down the field.
- Two nice virtual sacks on pressure plays from tryout players Earl Okine and Ian Seau.
- There were a couple of nice catches from William Watson, a tryout player from British Columbia. He had a nice catch on the sideline from Lauletta where he had to drag his back foot to stay in bounds. He had another tough catch on a throw over his shoulder heading towards the sideline on a fade route that he had to adjust to while it was in the air.
- Undrafted free agent wide receiver Jawill Davis came on strong at the end of practice with a couple of catches in traffic on inward cutting routes. Fellow undrafted free agent Amba Etta-Tawo also showed the ability to separate down the field.
- Adam Bisnowaty was listed as a guard on the roster. As a first-year player, he is permitted to work in rookie minicamp. He played tackle at the end of last season, but perhaps his future is inside at guard?
- Six-four punter Jacob DeMaio from Weber State is the tallest punter I have ever seen here with the Giants.
We'll have more from rookie minicamp practice tomorrow.