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Rookie mini-camp will be an “orientation weekend” for newest Giants

On-field work begins Friday for draft picks, UDFAs, tryout players

2021 NFL Draft Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The New York Giants begin their rookie mini-camp on Friday, a small step back toward NFL normalcy after a 2020 season in which the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of all in-person offseason work.

“It’s nice getting players back in the building, it’s nice having life back in the building,” coach Joe Judge said Thursday night on MSG Network.

This rookie mini-camp won’t be a completely normal one. Pandemic restrictions are still in place, and the Giants will have only approximately 22 players on the field over the three-day mini-camp. That is a mix of draft picks, undrafted free agents, and both rookie and veteran tryout players. Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, a 2014 first-round pick by Dave Gettleman. He has not played in the NFL since 2018.

“Really this weekend for us in an orientation weekend. This isn’t something too much competitive, offense vs. defense, this is get them all in our system, teach them everything A to Z in the alphabet, make sure they know everyone in the building, know who the resources are, how to use everyone to their best ability and, look, really just get them off on the right foot.”

With the limited number of players, the roughly hour-long practices will focus on individual drills.

Judge and select players will be available to media via Zoom on Friday and Saturday afternoon, so check back for their thoughts as the Giants begin getting ready for the 2021 season.