Rookies and first-year players across the NFL will kick off training camp by the end of next week.
With the highlight of the opening week of NFL training camps being those youngsters, I have to tell you how excited I am for this crop of new talent Jerry Reese and Co. have allotted.
As Giants fans have become accustomed to, Reese used the draft to build a foundation for the defensive line. He also weeded through the rookie free-agent pool per usual and found a guy in Jarron Jones that I happen to really like. Jones is a 6-foot-6, 316-pound defensive tackle out of Notre Dame who is looking to prove himself after failing to impress in combine workouts.
Notre Dame defensive linemen have had some success playing for the Giants. Justin Tuck was an integral part of the Giants Super Bowl XLII victory. Just sayin’.
Through the draft, the Giants selected two high-pedigree players from strong college programs in Alabama's Dalvin Tomlinson and Avery Moss, who was drafted out of Youngstown State but was originally a Nebraska Cornhusker.
Moss stands 6-foot-3, 265 pounds and figures to be more of an edge rusher while Tomlinson is going to pair very well with Damon "Snacks" Harrison ( as well as with Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul) in the middle at 315 pounds.
Tomlinson will also have the opportunity to do battle with fellow Crimson Tide alum D.J. Fluker at practice and have some commonality in the trenches.
Now to the shiny stuff.
Evan Engram out of Ole Miss was the Giants' first-round pick taken where he will arrive with high expectations.
Engram will be stepping into a finely tuned offense that features some of the NFL’s quickest wideouts in Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard with a quarterback in Eli Manning who is looking to get the ball out fast. So starting tomorrow, I hope that we see Engram get locked in to understand the offense and assume the ball is coming his way every snap.
Newly-signed Rhett Ellison is the only other real competition on the Giants 53-man roster at tight end, so I think it’s Engram’s job to lose.
Another guy I have high hopes for is running back Wayne Gallman, who is coming off a National Championship triumph with Clemson this past season.
With a career rushing average of 4.9 yards per carry against the mighty SEC, Gallman brings a pass-protecting back to possibly compete with the smaller Paul Perkins.
Those are the guys that I am looking forward to seeing thrive in their first week of NFL activities. Big Blue's crop of young talent looks promising and good luck for them. They certainly have fertile soil to grow in.