The Giants, who had that “privilege” last year after winning their fourth Super Bowl, drafted seven players in 2012, three of which saw significant playing time as rookies while another was on his way before suffering a season-ending knee injury 10 games in.
As for the other three, general manager Jerry Reese hopes their roles can increase in 2013.
“When you pick 32nd in the draft, you’re picking down low, so a lot of the guys you’re getting are developmental-type players,” Reese said over the weekend at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. “It’s a privilege to do that and some of the guys you pick are developmental and we picked a tight end [Adrien Robinson] who we think will be a good player for us. We picked a couple offensive linemen [tackles Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants] who we think we can develop. Hopefully those guys will come along and develop for us and contribute this time.”
Mosley, the second of the Giants’ two fourth-round picks, spent the entire season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, and McCants learned the ropes on the practice squad. Meanwhile, Robinson dressed for only two games in 2012 – Weeks 1 and 5 – behind fellow tight ends Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe.
Reese was asked what Robinson needs to do to become a key player for the Giants.
“He flashed a lot of good things at practice,” he said of the Cincinnati product. “I just think he needs to get out there and play. I think it’s the number one thing you need to do with players – put them out there and let them play. Hopefully he’ll be able to get out there and play. That’s what’s most important for me – to get him out there.”
» GM Jerry Reese talks offseason changes
» Coach Coughlin meets media at combine
» Eisen’s Mailbag: Kicker competition
» The Syracuse Orange return to MetLife Stadium to face the Penn State Nittany Lions in New York’s College Classic on Saturday, August 31; game time TBD.
» WATCH: New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks to the media at the NFL Combine
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The Giants and Atlanta Falcons meet for the 21st time in the regular season, with the series split, 10-10. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons in their only postseason meeting, 24-2, in a 2011 NFC Wild card Game in MetLife Stadium. In their last regular season meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons, 34-31 (OT), in Week 11 of the 2009 season.
20 CB Prince Amukamara
21 S Kenny Phillips
39 S Tyler Sash
44 RB Ahmad Bradshaw
71 DE Adewale Ojomo
81 TE Adrien Robinson
96 DT Marvin Austin
NYG Lineup Changes: 28 Jayron Hosley will start for 20 Prince Amukamara at RCB; 22 David Wilson will start for 44 Ahmad Bradshaw at RB
4 QB Dominique Davis
17 WR Tim Toone
25 S William Moore
68 G Phillipkeith Manley
69 G Harland Gunn
86 TE Chase Coffman
90 DE Lawrence Sidbury
ATL Lineup changes: 24 Hope will start for 25 Moore at S
15:00 — Game Day Captains: C David Baas and DE Osi Umenyiora along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the toss and elect to receive.
*Rueben Randle back with David Wilson on kick return.
14:56 — Making his first NFL start, Wilson takes a handoff on the first play of the game for three yards.
14:16 — Asante Samuel intercepts Manning’s first pass of the game. Atlanta takes over on the Giants’ 16.
12:12 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Atlanta capitalizes on the turnover and short field with a one-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards in 1:51)
10:59 — Wilson converts a third-and-2 with a 25-yard run.
7:29 — Lawrence Tynes misses a 30-yard field goal attempt. Wide left.
1:43 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Tony Gonzalez 12-yard catch from Matt Ryan. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:42)
0:54 — Manning is sacked on third-and-7 and Giants are forced to punt. Atlanta takes over on its own 25 after a 58-yard punt from Steve Weatherford.
0:00 — FALCONS 14, GIANTS 0
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The Giants and New Orleans Saints meet for the 27th time in the regular season, with the Giants holding a 14-12 lead in the series. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Saints defeated the Giants, 49-24, in New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 12 of the 2011 regular season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Light rain until 4pm. 44°F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
24 CB Corey White
29 RB Chris Ivory
58 LB Scott Shanle
71 T Charles Brown
75 DT Tyrunn Walker
81 TE Michael Higgins
90 DE Turk McBride
Lineup changes: None
15:00 — Game Day Captains: Victor Cruz and Antrel Rolle along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive. Saints defend the west goal.
*David Wilson returns the opening kickoff 58 yards down to the Saints’ 44 (Jerrel Jernigan was also back to receive)
13:30 — Giants fail to capitalize and go three-and-out.
12:46 — Will Hill and Stevie Brown force Marques Colston to fumble. Giants recover on Saints’ 45.
9:38 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Elbert Mack intercepts Manning and returns it 73 yards to the end zone. XP is good. NEW ORLEANS 7, NEW YORK 0
9:25 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Wilson returns the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and does a backflip for the exclamation point. XP is good. NEW YORK 7, NEW ORLEANS 7
*That was the Giants first kickoff return for a touchdown since Domenik Hixon did it Dec. 29, 2007.
6:57 — Antrel Rolle strips the ball from Jed Collins and Linval Joseph recovers. That’s two forced fumbles so far by Giants safeties.
4:28 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning finds Martellus Bennett in the end zone for a six-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 7 (Drive: 4 plays, 35 yards in 2:24)
*That’s Bennett’s fifth of the season and second straight game with a touchdown.
2:04 — Hixon back to return the first punt of the game, not the usual Rueben Randle.
0:00 — GIANTS 14, SAINTS 7
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Every week, we’re asking a handful of Giants players what’s playing in their headphones before a game. This is what they had to say before taking on the Cincinnati Bengals:
TE Adrien Robinson
Big Sean – ‘Mula ft. French Montana’
S Will Hill
DJ Drama – ‘My Moment ft. 2 Chainz, Meek Mill & Jeremih’
S Antrel Rolle
Trick Daddy – ‘Forget tha Otha Side’
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With Bear Pascoe unable to practice this week due to an ankle injury, that leaves two healthy tight ends on the 53-man roster. One is Martellus Bennett, who is second on the team with 45 catches, and the other is Adrien Robinson, a rookie who has dressed just twice this season.
On Wednesday, Tom Coughlin said his fourth-round draft pick out of Cincinnati is “going to have to get after it this week” when asked if he could step in for Pascoe if need be.
Robinson knows the opportunity is there, but he is keeping on the steady track tight ends coach Mike Pope has laid out for him.
“There hasn’t really been any difference,” Robinson said. “I’m just studying and watching film. Everything is pretty much the same. I’m waiting to see if my number gets called.”
Each week, a list of inactive players is submitted 90 minutes prior to kickoff, and Robinson’s number has been on it six times. Robinson suited up for the season opener against Dallas and again four weeks ago when Cleveland came to town. Robinson received a “couple snaps” against the Browns for his only playing time this season.
From the start of training camp, Robinson has been playing catch-up after missing most of the Organized Team Activities over the offseason due to his college scheduling.
At the halfway point of his rookie campaign, Robinson assessed his progress.
“I’m way more comfortable with the offense than I was at the beginning, missing OTAs and everything,” he said. “I’m finally caught up now. So I just have to earn the coaches’ trust and I’ll be out there.”
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Adrien Robinson missed most of the team’s spring workouts while fulfilling academic requirements at the University of Cincinnati. The 6-foot-4, 264-pound tight end fell noticeably behind when training camp rolled around, leading to one of the rookie’s favorite Pope stories.
“One time I read the defensive coverage wrong,” Robinson recalled on Monday. “And he said, ‘I don’t know how you can read this wrong. I don’t know if we have to go to the morgue to get you a new set of eyes or what, but you have to see this.’ That was a good one.
“I just had to watch extra film to get caught back up to speed. Now that I’m starting to know more and more, I realize that those extra nine practices that I missed could have helped out a lot because it was a slower pace when everything’s being taught and brand new.”
With the help of the extra classroom work with Pope Robinson turned things around in Albany and was able to finish training camp on a high note. He then carried it 140 miles back to East Rutherford, where he found success this past Friday. On back-to-back plays late in the fourth quarter against the Bears, Robinson hauled in two passes — both for seven yards over the middle from backup quarterback David Carr.
They were his first receptions in a game since the third quarter of the Liberty Bowl last New Year’s Eve when his Bearcats beat Vanderbilt.
“I was talking to my agent about getting the monkey off my back,” Robinson said on Monday. “It felt good to get those first couple catches out of the way.”
It was the same feeling he had midway through training camp when the lights came on. He doesn’t recall a particular play or instance when it happened, but instead it has been a progression to where he is now.
“You make a lot of mistakes out there, you get tired of getting yelled at,” Robinson said. “So you just study a little bit more and come out there and do the right things. Also then you’ll be able to show what you can do and play fast.”
It will become even faster now that fellow tight end Travis Beckum was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
“It’s getting a lot better now,” Robinson said. “I’m starting to become more and more confident every day. Now it’s not so much knowing my assignments, it’s the small little details and reading the coverages and doing the right things consistently.”
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