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Rookie Mini Camp Player Quotes

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**Tight End Adrien Robinson

Q: How does it feel walking in here and putting on the Giants helmet?**A: It felt great. It doesn't seem real. It seems real now, but it didn't really sink in until today

Q: Do you feel like a New York Giant yet?A: Yes, sir.

Q: You didn't have a lot of catches last season. Was that just a product of the offense?A: Yes, that's how our offense was. We had a great running back with Isaiah Pead – he got picked up by the Rams – so my role was to be a blocker and that's just what it was.

Q: How eager are you to get some balls thrown your way?A: I'm very eager, very eager.

Q: What are your strengths as a pass catcher?A: Creating mismatches against linebackers and high-pointing the ball in the red zone because I'm taller and I can jump. So I think that would be to my advantage.

**Running Back David Wilson

Q: What's it like putting on that Giants helmet?**A: It finally set in that I'm really about to be part of this team. They were the Super Bowl champions and the main goal, as Coach Coughlin said yesterday, is to get back to it again – try to get them back to back.

Q: Coach also said he told you guys you never get a second chance to make a first impression. What do you hope to show these guys?A: Just be myself, go out there and compete because I'm a competitor and I love competition and try to wow the coaches. But at the same time, you have to know the playbook and go in the right direction at the same time, too.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the couple of days here?A: Just get accustomed and learn the plays that they put in front of me and be prepared when the veterans come in.

Q: How do you avoid a 'deer in headlights' reaction? This is a pretty big deal.A: Yeah, definitely. You just go with the flow and be yourself, like I said. I think the only time I will feel like a deer in the highlights is if I'm running in the wrong direction or messing up a play. That's something you don't want to do because then you feel like maybe they're second-guessing drafting me. You definitely don't want that to happen. It's a lot of pressure.

Q: Do you have a sense on how you and Bradshaw might complement each other?A: Yeah, I have seen some film on him and he's a hard running back and tough – tough, physical guy. He's from Virginia so we'll try to bring that tough and physicalness. We're both going to go out there and we're going to compete together and make a lot of plays.

Q: Do you know him?A: No, I haven't met him. I haven't talked to him yet.

Q: What aspects of your game do you think will translate the best to the NFL?A: I'll try to translate my whole game to the NFL and just pick up where I left off, but that very rarely happens. When you look at rookies they always have that transition period. I just have to feel it as I go along and like I said, just go out there and compete.

Q: What are you most curious about?A: How my transition will be. I have no clue coming up and a lot of these guys are very talented athletes and were basically 'the man' at their college. Some of them weren't the man in college and became pros and became 'the man.' It's a good mixture out there – different personalities and different talents.

**Running Back Joe Martinek

Q: As Jersey guy playing in Jersey…**A: Can't beat it.

Q: Are you more comfortable because you're from this area?A: It does help. I have family and friends and the Jersey support. I'm trying to make the most of this opportunity. I might not get another one.

Q: Were you a Giants fan growing up?A: I was a fan of college football in general. I watched professional, any game that was on, but my town and my best friends are all huge Giant fans.

Q: Are you a running back or fullback here?A: A running back. I was playing running back today and getting a lot of reps there. [I'm] just taking it one step at a time.

Q: Do you think you'll be asked to do both?A: That's up to [the coaches], whatever they decide. I'm willing to do whatever they ask me.

**Wide Receiver Rueben Randle

Q: How do you think your first impression was?**A: It was pretty good, could've gone better – the little things, dropped a pass or two, but that comes with the game.

Q: How did you like putting a Giants helmet on?A: It was great. Coming to a winning program, [after] leaving one, is pretty much a blessing. I thank the Giants for the opportunity to come here and move forward and make the best of it.

Q: How does it make you feel when you hear them say you're 'pro-ready'?A: They are expecting big things from me. I have to live up to it. It's a big thing hearing that from a coach. You have to put in all of the hard work and continue to get better.

Q: Mario Manningham's not here, do you see that as an opportunity to get out there early?A: Right. Like I said, you have to take full advantage of it. They brought me up for a reason. It's my job to go out there and do what they brought me in to do, which is make plays.

Q: Do you think you're NFL-ready?A: I think I can get there. I'm still young. I'm still learning on the fly, but I think with the right time and the right opportunities, I can be there.

**Defensive Lineman Markus Kuhn

Q: Have you ever seen a NFL game?**A: No, [I've] never seen an NFL game, but on the TV. When I played college the first college game I played was the first college game I actually really saw. Never been to one before and I've never been to a NFL game and hopefully the first NFL game I see live is the first one I'll play in as well.

Q: How did you end up at N.C. State?A: It was pretty much an effort on my own. My dad and I flew over to the East coast in 2006 and we just showed up at a bunch of different schools, walked in with a highlight DVD and pretty much said, 'Hey, I'm Markus and I can play American football, too.' A lot of the coaches, they liked what I did and they saw my highlight DVD and then they offered me a scholarship.

Q: You're older than most of the rookies, but you don't have the wear and tear. Is that an advantage?A: I would say I'm older, but my body might be football-wise younger. You can take it either way, but I think it might be an advantage.

Q: When did you start playing football?A: In Germany when I was 15 and then when I came to the U.S. when I was 21.

Q: How was the competition on the German team you played for?A: I always said the biggest thing and difference was when I was playing there sometimes we had like 15-20 guys in practice, so we couldn't even have a whole defense or a whole offense. I played quarterback and linebacker. I never played defensive line. If I played quarterback, you probably can tell what the level of competition was over there. It was just hard because we have other sports that are more dominant and then when you come to the states and each practice at a big university you have 110 guys, 120 guys at practice. It definitely shocks you at the beginning.

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