Good morning, New York Giants fans! Your Giants conclude rookie mini-camp Saturday with a 10:05 a.m. ET practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Today should be an interesting day, probably more for what happens after practice than during it. Coordinators Steve Spagnuolo and Ben McAdoo will be available to the media after practice, marking the first time Spagnuolo has met with media members since he was hired for his second tour of duty as Giants' defensive coordinator.
Familiar names in Giants uniforms
Two tryout players participating in the mini-camp have familiar names on the backs of their jerseys. Andrew Robustelli is the grandson of Giants' Hall of Fame defensive end Andy Robustelli. Taylor Graham is the son of journeyman NFL quarterback Kent Graham, a one-time starter for the Giants.
"Just to get this opportunity and my grandfather being who he was, it is definitely an honor just to be in this locker room, especially when you look up and see his name inside here," said Robustelli, a wide receiver from Jacksonville. "It is really truly amazing and something that I really can't understand. I was really young and didn't know that well, but obviously he was a great man and did great things and this is a great opportunity.
"I was aware (of his grandfather's career), but as a little kid, you don't know how many great things he really did. I knew, but I didn't really realize how great it was."
Graham spent time around the Giants during 1998 and 1999, when his father was with the team for a second time.
"I remember running around the stadium after games, so I have a lot of memories that are coming back now," Taylor Graham said. "This is pretty special."
Graham played only nine games at a pair of colleges. He played one game at Ohio State, then transferred to Hawaii when Urban Meyer became coach there. He played eight games over two seasons there, with his senior season cut short by a broken foot.
"I really value the chance to be here. I didn't have a very good college career. I wasn't expecting anything more than a free agent tryout. I have confidence in my abilities and what I can do," Graham said. I'm just thankful it's a great team and a great organization that's given me a chance."
No matter what happens with Robustelli or Graham it is kind of nice seeing a couple of familiar names on the field for at least a couple of days.