August 18, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) during warmups before a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
Soon the 2012 NFL preseason will come to and end. Some players have proven where they belong on the roster, and some players' time is running out. Here is a look at what the drafted rookies have done so far this season and what to expect.
Early in training camp, Tom Coughlin has talked about David Wilson's speed and explosiveness out of the backfield. Wilson has not disappointed so far this preseason. In the first game against Jacksonville he ran back a kickoff for 48 yards and had seven rushes for 43 yards, one of which was 26 yards. This week, with the hand injury to Ahmad Bradshaw, Wilson has been getting reps with the first string offense, and quarterback Eli Manning is anxious to see what he'll do in the game. "Every time you get a rookie, every game, every practice, they're learning," said Manning. "You're looking forward to seeing him get in games and seeing how he adjusts, and I think it's a great challenge for him to see what he knows, what he needs to work on. These rookies, any time you get them in live action, it's a great tool for them to see where they stand."
Randle was the surprise of the NFL draft by how late he was drafted in the second round, and the Giants wasted no time selecting him. General manager Jerry Reese has been saying how Randle was NFL ready out of LSU. In his first preseason game Randle had two receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown pass from Ryan Perrilloux. In his second game he had one reception for 49 yards and returned a punt for 11 yards. Corey Webster sees all of the hard work Randle is putting in, but knows that they still have to make him work harder. "We still get on him a little bit," said Webster. "He's a rookie, so we have to stay on him, make sure he's doing everything right. I think he's got a good quarterback to throw him the ball, I think that he's doing everything that the quarterback asks of him. Hopefully he can find his spot right there, so he can be in that wide receiver corps."
Hosley has made an impression during the preseason. His only mistake was in the first game against Jacksonville when he attempted to return a punt, but fumbled it on the five-yard line. The Jaguars recovered it and eventually scored. Hosley made up for it the following week against the Jets when he intercepted a pass by Mark Sanchez and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown. "[I showed] some improvement from last week to the Jets game. Just knowing where I'm supposed to be," said Hosley. "I'm lining up my assignments and techniques got better overall. With making that kind of play, I think that kind of made things a little better. I think it was a pretty good...Not too many plays, but I made it count when I got the chance." Hosley left the game after the interception with a pain in his right foot, which is being treated for turf toe. He won't play against the Chicago Bears tonight, but just as a precaution so he's well enough for Week 1. Once healthy, Hosley could be a vital part of the Giants' return game this season.
Robinson has has the potential for a bright future, but still has some work to do. He played in both preseason games this year, but was only targeted once. With Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe playing the first two tight end spots, Robinson likely won't get much playing time this season. His future is still bright.
The offensive tackle from Auburn from Auburn still has a lot of work to do. He's struggled throughout training camp and did not stand out during either preseason games. "Rookie inconsistency. He's been a good worker," said Tom Coughlin. Expect Mosley to spend more time with the practice squad this season with the possibility of seeing some playing time.
Like Mosley, McCants still has a lot to work on. The left tackle from UAB appeared in both preseason games, but did not have much to show from it. Expect McCants to spend the season with the practice squad.
He hasn't had work with the first or second string defenses, but Kuhn has really shown some power. He has three tackles so far this preseason, two of which came against the Jets. Coughlin likes the development he's seen from Kuhn. "He's a tough kid," said Coughlin. "He has great energy. He's there every day, you can see every second. He plays hard, he's got a lot to learn, but there are no obstacles in terms of his desire to be good and on the time that he'll spend doing it. We've been excited about him."
Some quick UDFA highlights:
Adewale Ojomo of Miami has four tackles and two sacks. Will Hill of Florida has nine tackles and one sack. Joe Martinek of Rutgers caught a 14-yard touchdown. Julian Talley of UMass has two receptions for 22 yards.