New York Giants News and Notes: Post Rookie Camp Edition

May 11, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Reuben Randle (82) speaks to the media in the lockerroom after minicamp at the Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Good morning fellow Giants fans. Rookie mini-camp is over, and Mother's Day is in the rear view mirror. There will probably be more team workouts this month, but otherwise there isn't likely to be any earth shattering news. It sure is nice, though, that all of the Giants' draft picks are signed. That's certainly something you would always hope for, even if your team drafts at the bottom of each round. Ed brought us some great updates from mini-camp and will have more this coming week in that department. Meanwhile, let's see what else is shaking this morning....

Giants see more in TE Adrien Robinson than a lack of catches in college |
What the Giants see in Robinson, their fourth-round pick in last month’s NFL Draft, isn’t evident on the stat sheet, where he’s credited with only 12 catches last year and a total of 29 in his four college seasons. By those standards, he’d be lucky to be one of the tryout players at Giants rookie camp this weekend. What Robinson could bring to the NFL is more evident in moments such as his handling four Vanderbilt defenders, his wowing scouts at his pre-draft workouts this spring with a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and the glimpses of athletic ability the 6-4, 264-pound Robinson showed Giants coaches in four practices over the past two days.

Giants rookies David Wilson, Rueben Randle could make quick impact on offense - NFL - Sporting News
Running back David Wilson and wide receiver Rueben Randle are eager to help fill them. As the Giants’ top two draft picks, Wilson and Randle have an opportunity to play immediately. Running back Brandon Jacobs and wide receiver Mario Manningham both left the Giants for the San Franciso 49ers in free agency. So as the Giants opened rookie minicamp Friday, Wilson and Randle were on the field, concentrating on making a positive first impression. Randle succeeded, making a couple of nice plays that caught coach Tom Coughlin’s attention.

Rueben Randle off to promising start with Giants | National Football Post
It’s far too premature to say exactly how the New York Giants will go about replacing Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham, who departed via free agency. But in a perfect world Rueben Randle, the second-round pick from LSU, will fill the void. One day of rookie minicamp isn’t much in the way of a gauge but Randle did well in his debut for the Giants. Some figured he would be selected higher in the draft than the end of Round 2 but the Giants were fortunate he slid. One national scout said Randle possesses the best hands of any receiver in the draft.

Wow, there sure is a lot of hype surrounding this kid, isn't there?

Are the Atlanta Falcons a Dark Horse to Nab Osi... | Gather
Matt Ryan is the center of fortunes for the Atlanta Falcons in any hopes for an NFL playoff run. Yet it is the strength of their defense that is in question against the powerful offenses of the NFC. With a tiny push from Roddy White, the team may have an outside shot to take Osi Umenyiora away from the New York Giants.

Osi Umenyiora takes Twitter shot at LeSean McCoy - NFL - Sporting News
Osi Umenyiora isn't going to let a holiday stand in the way of stoking a good feud. The New York Giants defensive end tweeted Sunday: "Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!"


Giants' Janzen Jackson looking forward to the next chapter after troubled college career |
Jackson’s new home is East Rutherford after signing as an undrafted free agent. The former McNeese State safety is trying to establish himself as a reliable professional after a rocky college career that began at Tennessee and included a few major off-field issues.

Morris runs with fitness message - Times Union
Joe Morris, the short running back who helped the 1986 New York Giants win a Super Bowl, had ballooned to 300 pounds last year. "I wasn't taking care of myself," the 5-foot-7 Morris said. "Eating, not doing anything. Can't do that. It's just not good for my health." The wake-up call came from his daughter Samantha, who hasn't had children yet. "My daughter said to me, 'I want you to see your grandkids,'" Morris, 51, recalled. "I go, 'Yeah, that would be nice.' At 300 pounds, there was no way I would have done it." Slimmed down to 215 pounds, Morris showed up at Eagle Point Elementary School on Western Avenue on Thursday.

U-M's Troy Woolfolk works at getting up to speed in Lions camp | The Detroit News |
Father knows best. Butch Woolfolk, a former first-round pick of the New York Giants, has been through what his son Troy is going through right now. He's been through the head-spinning experience that is the first day of an NFL rookie camp. And he tried to tell his son what to expect. He might as well have saved his breath. "Being told something and actually seeing it are two different things," said Troy, the former Michigan defensive back trying to make the Lions training camp roster as a mini-camp invitee.

Do you guys remember Butch Woolfolk? I had this conversation with my dad recently, and he didn't remember yelling at the TV when Butch would take a handoff and try to juke his way up the field, only to wind up running sideways and not forward.

Chad Ochocinco Calls Roger Goodell 'Dad' In Letter Supporting NFL Commissioner
Chad Ochocinco wants Roger Goodell to know that he has the NFL commissioner's back. The outspoken New England Patriots wide receiver posted a letter of support for Goodell on Friday as the issue of football safety has increased in the wake of Junior Seau's suicide. Ochocinco begins with, "Dear Dad," in the note on his site,, and tells Goodell he wanted to reach out to him because it has been "the worst week ever" with "players dying, players suing and on top of that my peers are just going off on you in the media."

That's pretty funny. I couldn't not share that heartwarming story with you all.

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