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New York Giants rookie mini-camp review: Geremy Davis signs, Matt LaCosse impresses

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Some quick mini-camp thoughts.

Matt LaCosse
Matt LaCosse
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The New York Giants concluded the on-field portion of their rookie mini-camp Saturday. Let's offer a few notes, and some overall impressions.

  • First, let's mention that the Giants announced during Saturday's practice that sixth-round pick Geremy Davis had signed his rookie contract. One funny note about Davis. On Saturday there was no name plate over Davis's locker because the Giants had misspelled name. What makes that more hilarious is Davis lockered next to Owamagbe Odighizuwa, whose nameplate was spelled perfectly.
  • The Giants have yet to confirm this, but there are media reports that the Giants have signed a pair of tryout players to contracts. One is Stony Brook tight end Will Tye, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 262 pounds. The other is Carlif Taylor, a 6-2, 319-pound defensive tackle from Southern Connecticut State. The Giants have 89 players on their roster. One will have to cut if the Giants are indeed adding both of these players.
  • The most impressive of the undrafted free agents signed by the Giants before mini-camp was easily tight end Matt LaCosse. The 6-5, 261-pound LaCosse showed not only an ability to catch the ball, but an ability to threaten the seam vertically. LaCosse also seemed comfortable an an inline blocker. He told reporters that Illinois used him inline, split out in the slot, as an H-Back and even as a fullback. The Giants ask their tight ends to do all of those things at times. Right now, LaCosse would be the early favorite to be the UDFA who makes the 53-man roster.
  • When fifth-round pick Mykkele Thompson went off the field to visit a trainer there was a brief thought that the Giants had suffered their first training camp injury. False alarm! Thompson had simply broken a shoelace.
  • Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said second-round pick Landon Collins was better the second day of mini-camp than the first. "I saw a jump already. They come here initially and they're feeling their way through. They don't really want to say anything, but by the time we got to that last team period today, Landon was moving people around and directing, so if he can keep doing that every day, I think we'll have exactly what we thought we had when we took him," Spagnuolo said.
  • Somebody needs to introduce former CFL star Brett Jones, now a rookie lineman with the Giants, to sunscreen. After practicing in the bright sun on Friday, Jones' arms were sporting a nasty, bright red sun burn on Saturday.

By the way, here is a look at your Giants' 2015 NFL Draft class.