COMMENTARY | The New York Giants wrapped up a three-day minicamp on Thursday, June 13, bringing an end to the latest phase of the team's offseason program. Next up is training camp in late July, but before we fast forward, let's take a look back at some positive developments from minicamp.
Hakeem Nicks Showed Up -- Nicks, who didn't show up for voluntary workouts, was present for -- and participated in -- mandatory camp this week. He didn't offer a reason for his absences from organized team activities (OTAs), but speculation is that Nicks, a free agent at the end of this season, was sending a message to the team. His unexplained absences may have ruffled coach Tom Coughlin's feathers, but he's back in the fold and, more importantly, should be ready to go when the season starts.
Rueben Randle Keeps it Real -- Randle took full advantage of Victor Cruz and Nicks missing the team's OTAs. He played with the first-team offense and made several plays. By the end of minicamp, the big receiver had earned high praise from offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Randle, who is entering his second pro season, may be ready to fulfill his potential as a former second-round pick and become the third receiver the Giants have been seeking since Mario Manningham left two seasons ago.
David Wilson is Poised to Start -- Wilson, the team's first-round pick in 2012, is poised to start at running back this upcoming season. He's been working with the first-team offense throughout OTAs and minicamp. Wilson still must polish his pass-blocking skills, but its seems like the starting job will be his to lose in training camp (he'll see stiff competition from Andre Brown). A dynamic runner, Wilson would add a new dimension to the team's offense. He averaged a gaudy five yards per carry in 2012.
Mathias Kiwanuka Shifts to Defensive End -- As I wrote about earlier this month, Jason Pierre-Paul's back surgery has opened the door for others to step in at defensive end, but it looks like the Giants are going with the veteran Kiwanuka for the time being. Kiwanuka is listed as a linebacker on the team's official roster, but he may be the G-Men's best pass-rusher as long as JPP is out of action. Third-round pick Damontre Moore and Adrian Tracy will now compete to crack the defensive rotation.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.Sources
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