EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants put their draft picks and other rookies through a two-day minicamp Friday and Saturday. Here are a couple of quick thoughts after watching Saturday's two-hour practice and speaking with some of the people involved:
Safety Landon Collins, the Giants' second-round draft pick, moved around a lot as coaches want to see the way he handles the responsibilities they would require of their free safety -- reading the middle of the field, communicating coverage responsibilities to his teammates, etc. "I think you saw a lot just from yesterday to today," defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. "That last team period, Landon was moving people around and directing. So if he can do that every day, we'll have what we thought we were getting."
Undrafteed free-agent signee Matt LaCosse, a tight end from Illinois, made a couple of highlight-worthy catches in the team period and in other drills. LaCosse is a former high school quarterback ("I was a runner, not a thrower," he said) who measures 6-foot-5, 261 pounds. He says his ability to stretch the field is one of his better assets, though he also takes pride in blocking and understands that's what he has to show the Giants if he's to have a chance to stick.
Fullback Nikita Whitlock collided with punter Bobby Cowan during a punt-block drill. That's a no-no in a no-pads May minicamp practice, especially with the head coach watching. Tom Coughlin found Whitlock immediately, offered some pointed comments and was still barking, "Stay off the punter!" to anyone within earshot a few moments later.
Sixth-round wide receiver Geremy Davis signed his rookie contract, leaving Collins and first-rounder Ereck Flowers as the only Giants draft picks who have not done so. Draft pick contracts under the new CBA are mere formalities, and there is no reason to have any concern about Flowers and Collins, who will be signed before long.