New York Giants rookies took to the field for the first time during the rookie minicamp. With it still being mid-May, there’s not a lot of groundbreaking details to find out, but it was still the first time these players have been in Giants uniforms on the field. Let’s take a quick look at a collection of what was reported from the field on Day 1.
There was one notable omission during practice, fifth-round pick R.J McIntosh did not participate.
RJ McItosh is out here without his helmet so he won’t practice today.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) May 11, 2018
We’ve talked about how Saquon Barkley’s receiving production could be more important than what he does as a runner and the first-round pick was running routes early in the practice.
Saquon Barkley running routes during #Giants rookue minicamp. pic.twitter.com/hidXOExwVO— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) May 11, 2018
Third-round pick B.J. Hill made an impression working the blocking sled...
BJ Hill did really well in the blocking sled drills. Was the most explosive of the bunch.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) May 11, 2018
...which was located next to the Port-a-Pottys...
Nobody does pictures of the third-round pick, a Port-a-Potty and rookie minicamp quite like me. #Giants pic.twitter.com/tfY4qdHiHt— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) May 11, 2018
...but was also well-watched.
The most watched blocking sled hitting in rookie minicamp history pic.twitter.com/ar2YdJpzko— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 11, 2018
There was a little clearer look at some of the defensive linemen getting some drill work in.
#Giants rookie minicamp DL. That’s 3rd-rounder @BJHill5 in the middle pic.twitter.com/eQg8mxVZvR— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) May 11, 2018
The Giants have not yet committed to either side of the line for second-round pick Will Hernandez and in the first practice he spent time on both sides.
As promised, Hernandez is getting snaps at left and right guard.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) May 11, 2018
His snaps, as well as those for the other offensive linemen were closely watched by the general manager.
True to form, Dave Gettleman is out at practice hovering over hog mollies on OL. #giants— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) May 11, 2018
Kyle Lauletta Updates
Kyle Lauletta air-mailed a few deep throws in 1-on-1s. Maybe just trying to put those arm strength questions to rest.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 11, 2018
Lauletta has thrown a couple deep balls with good velocity. He did just have a receiver let it go through his hands.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) May 11, 2018
2. Kyle Lauletta isn't especially imposing (size + build). He also doesn't have a strong arm. More like a Drew Brees type with the way he throws and operates. (Note: Not saying he's Drew Brees) #Giants #RookieMinicamp— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) May 11, 2018
Lauletta intercepted by Orion Stewart. #Giants pic.twitter.com/1gQSj5FcLE— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) May 11, 2018
Grant Haley breaks up a deep pass from Kyle Lauletta on the final play of today’s practice. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) May 11, 2018
Haley, an undrafted cornerback out of Penn State is a guy to watch and should have a good chance of making the final 53-man roster with a lack of quality depth at the position.
some CB charting numbers from PFF draft guide pic.twitter.com/jSTgwGCKet— Dan Pizzuta (@DanPizzuta) May 11, 2018
It all ended with the second overall pick leaving the field last.
True to his word, Barkley is the last player on the field after practice (with tryout QB John O’Korn catching passes).— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 11, 2018
That’s it for the first day. Check back tomorrow when we’ll have another report from Day 2.