New York Giants Rookie Mini-Camp: Final Thoughts

Markus Kuhn of the New York Giants speaks with the media during Giants minicamp at Timex Performance Center on May 11, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Brandon Collins and linebacker Jake Muasau have reportedly been signed to contracts by the New York Giants following last weekend's rookie mini-camp. Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News reported Sunday that those were the two players selected to fill the final two spots available on the 90-man roster the team is allowed to have presently.

Vacchiano said the Giants are expected to make the signings official Monday. Collins is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver from Southeastern Louisiana. Muasau is a 6-foot-1, 243-pound linebacker from Georgia State.

To be honest, these two signings caught me by surprise. You never know what the coaching staff sees on film, or what may have been pre-determined heading into the mini-camp, but it did not seem as if either player stood out during the three practices I witnessed.

SI.com says Collins offers potential as a slot receiver and punt returner. [Full Scouting Report] Muasau had 106 tackles with 16.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions during his two seasons at Georgia State.

More final thoughts on the mini-camp after the jump.

  • Let's pump the brakes just a little on the Joe Martinek hysteria. Martinek, the running back from Rutgers who is on the 90-man roster as an undrafted free agent, got tons of attention from the assembled media during mini-camp. I am as guilty as the next guy, to be honest. Martinek had a good couple of days, he's an easy interview, he's a good story because he is a native New Jersey kid, and he has positional versatility and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. But, let's not anoint him just yet. He has a long, long way to go to prove he belongs on the 53-man roster, and an even longer way to go to prove he deserves to actually push fullback Henry Hynoski or running backs D.J. Ware, Da'Rel Scott or Andre Brown for playing time. It's not that difficult to look great in shorts when defenders aren't allowed to touch you, much less try to tackle you. Let's see what happens when training camp starts and the preseason games get here.
  • Markus Kuhn is a rock star. Nobody knows at this point if the seventh-round draft pick, a defensive tackle from North Carolina State, can play at the NFL level. What I can tell you, though, is that Kuhn seems to like the spotlight. He held court amongst reporters several times Friday and Saturday, drawing a huge crowd considering that he didn't even work out during mini-camp due to a laceration on his leg. He's engaging, and the long hair held back with a headband and the smile make him photogenic. The German-born Kuhn also had a German reporter trailing him during the mini-camp, and best guess is that will be ongoing. Oh, the laceration? Kuhn said he suffered that while moving when a knife that apparently had the blade sticking out of a box he picked up gashed him. I have to say that is a new excuse.
  • Janzen Jackson, a safety from McNeese State, is probably the undrafted free agent on the defensive side of the ball with the best shot at making the roster. Watching defensive backs go through drills during the mini-camp, there was a noticeable difference in athleticism between Jackson and most of the other DBs. When it came to the backpedal and getting in and out of breaks, most of the defensive backs looked stuck in the mud in comparison to Jackson.
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