New York Giants Player To Watch: Wide Receiver Brandon Collins

May 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Collins (6) catches pass during the Giants OTA at the their training facility. Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Victor Cruz seemingly came from nowhere as an undrafted free agent to become a star with the New York Giants. So, it is only natural to wonder who will be the next player to follow a similar path.

Could it be wide receiver Brandon Collins, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound undrafted free agent receiver from Southeast Louisiana?

Pat Traina of Inside Football wrote Thursday that she had "probably written Collins' number in my observation notes at least a dozen times" during the team's three-day mini-camp earlier this week.

Traina was not the only one who was impressed. More importantly, Collins has gotten the attention of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

"I think Brandon Collins has looked really, really impressive in practices. That has been fun to see, because I didn't know much about him," Gilbride said Thursday after mini-camp concluded. "I have seen better quickness than anything. That is what I have seen; great quickness, great speed; more quickness than speed. Good speed, great quickness, but also picking up the offense pretty quick."

Collins transferred to Southeast Louisiana after being dismissed from the University of Texas team when he was charged with a pair of felonies. As a senior he caught 61 passes for 746 yards (12.3 yards per catch) with five touchdowns. He also returned 21 punts for an average of 11 yards per return.

Collins was one of two players signed by the Giants after the team's rookie mini-camp. Linebacker Jake Muasau was the other.

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