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New York Giants news: Optimism for impacts of Xavier McKinney, Darnay Holmes

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Xavier McKinney could completely transform Giants defense

There is lots of optimism about ewhat the second-round pick will bring to the Giants.

“With his versatility and what he’s shown of what he’s been able to do, play in the deep part of the field, play in the box, be used in coverage on slot receivers, be used in blitz packages,’’ coach Joe Judge said of what he saw from McKinney at Alabama. “He’s shown a range in what he’s able to do. That’s going to allow us to use all of our players in different ways. Because of his versatility, that will complement everybody else on the roster as his strengths shake out.’’

2020 NFL Draft: All-Pros, Pro Bowlers and Red Stars in this class

Bucky Brooks thinks Darney Holmes will outperform his fourth-round draft slot.

The best nickel corner in the 2020 class possesses a unique set of skills that should enable him to shine immediately in the league. Holmes' combination of speed, agility, intelligence, competitiveness and toughness are ideal for the slot corner position, which is viewed as the 12th starting spot on defenses in today's game. The UCLA product has the capacity to cover shifty receivers in tight quarters and also understands how to maintain his leverage, to maximize the help available to him from linebackers and safeties. Holmes' high football IQ and his overall awareness of coverage would make him ideally suited for the slot corner role in a multi-faceted scheme that demands a lot from the nickel back. Given Holmes' toughness, tackling and competitive spirit, the move inside could help him become a game-changer at the next level.

NFL head coaches may return to facilities soon, minicamps next

Yahoo Sports! says “a declaration from California Gov. Gavin Newsom will serve as the key hurdle in whether the NFL can pull off a fully operational minicamp in June.”

Manning Passing Academy, scheduled for its 25th year, canceled due to coronavirus | Prep Sports | nola.com

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