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Talented Youngsters Have New York Giants’ Future Looking Bright

January 12th, 2013 at 12:50 PM
By Jen Polashock

The New York Giants offseason had arrived five weeks too early according to all reports from East Rutherford. No kidding. Watching game tape and DVDs of previous games has replaced what the Big Blue Faithful are used to – what is demanded, really.

In doing any of the above – especially that very last home game – one cannot help but notice some of the positives left to reflect upon as free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft talk begins:

First-round draft pick, running back David Wilson, can be a large part of the New York Giants run game if the offensive line is a strength and breakout fullback Henry Hynoski continues to build upon his expanded role.

As wide receiver Rueben Randle learns the complicated offensive system, he gains attention as a legitimate threat in the receiving game. He has the size and great talent around him to learn from; he needs to continue to absorb all knowledge and keep up with the positive part of his attitude.

Stepping away from much media banter, cornerback Prince Amukamara should be able to grow into his defensive back role with more confidence. He needs to remain healthy and keep the short-term memory thing in check. Depending on the plan for fellow cornerback Corey Webster, more passes could come his way; he needs to be ready for that.

Perhaps the biggest surprise this season for the defense came in the form of a free agent from Michigan. Safety Stevie Brown has come on as a replacement for fallen safety Kenny Phillips and he never looked back. Imagine what another year of gaining backfield awareness from Antrel Rolle could do for this 4th year pseudo-journeyman/player? Eight interceptions with 307 return yards is just the beginning.

Add to that defensive backfield home state favorite, safety Will Hill. This kid is versatile. He’s played wide receiver, quarterback, running back, and safety in the past, but played mostly nickel while in blue. He’s raw, but in a limited role, he showed flashed that cannot be ignored (on Special Teams as well). There’s a reason the Giants took a chance on him and like with Brown, another year in may prove to be just what Hill needs to be more of a gamer.

While discussing the backfield, cornerback Jayron Hosley has to be mentioned. He’s been called “scrappy” by scouts and his early season play at nickel showed that. His time at corner wasn’t as fruitful. The kid showed some definite worth before his injuries started to hold him out of games.

One last defensive guy that was definitely coming on and missed once a torn ACL put him on Injured Reserve (IR) after Week 10 is defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. A seventh-round long shot, seemingly, coming into 2012 training camp, he appeared to beat out his friend and fellow DT, Marvin Austin to start in Week 6. It will be hard to say what the ACL will do for his playing future in blue – possibly Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) to begin training camp?

With a long list of free agents about to (possibly) hit the market in March (March 12 to be exact), there will be a lot more players in the early stages of their careers flowing into the Timex Center as the combine and the 2013 NFL Draft will soon follow. Depending upon how certain re-signings/contract talks go, this talk of youth (and cheaper price tags, so to speak) may be where the future is headed.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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Tags: David Wilson, Football, Henry Hynoski, Jayron Hosley, Markus Kuhn, Marvin Austin, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Rueben Randle, Stevie Brown, Will Hill

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12 Responses to “Talented Youngsters Have New York Giants’ Future Looking Bright”

  1.  Sparky says:

    David Wilson will be a good player some day but I have a feeling it will be Andre Brown getting the majority of the snaps next year, because of the infamous reading the blitz and protecting the QB importance that is placed on the RB in this system. Even if Brown is no better he has been here longer and is “more familiar” with the Gilbride system. If they don’t improve the offensive line in the off season it will be even less likely that Wilson be the “feature back”.

    I’ve been a fan of this team for over 40 years (I seen the good, the bad and the really, really bad) and have never witnessed such a consistent melt down of a team in a particular month as this team has done in recent years. I am not complaining about the coaching or the players (I like Coughlin he is exactly what this new NFL needs) but I still think when you play in this part of the country and you need good O-lineman (not just average) and you need to run a lot better than they have been in the past few years. Eli is the best quarterback since the “Great” Phil Simms but he had OJ Anderson and a GOOD offensive line.

    I agree with Krow on the subject of this drafting and sitting them caca where then need to learn the “system”. The life expectancy of a draftee on this team seams to be the rookie contract unless you’re a franchise player. In this “system” unless you can explain Einstein’s theory of relativity you don’t stand a chance of starting a game in your rookie year.

    I was longing to watch playoff games in January but after watching the Baltimore, Atlanta, and Cincinnati games (which were painful watching because I would watch and expect something in the way of a comeback) I was seriously doubting they had the magic to make the run for whatever reason.

    They will draft a OL early and I am preying for a impact LB

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I think both Sparky and Krow have got hold of a legitimate issue: if the cap keeps squeezing out veterans who are solid journeymen can you employ complicated schemes? But my view is that at some point the union will rebel and the cap will have to go up. Otherwise, the good-but-less-than-great veterans will increasingly be forced out of the league or forced to play for wages that do not fairly offset the long-term consequences to their health. We’ll see. Hard to see into the future but the forces coming together should result in some changes because I’m not at all sure the fans want a better version of college football rather than the current NFL approach.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    As for young talent, I have to disagree with Sparky and say that David Wilson HAS to be the featured back in 2013 not only because he is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball, but because another year of holding him back by this coaching staff will build up an even deeper well of resentment than he probably already has (at the end of the season he tried to say the right things but his frustration was quite evident). We cannot afford that with a guy who is ticketed toward being a potential superstar and who we’ll want playing out his career as a member of the Giants.

    And in any discussion of young talent we cannot forget Paysinger, Williams, Kuhn, Ojomo, Broha, Hill, Hosley, and Brewer (besides Wilson and Randle). I think every one of those players, who have not yet become major contributors (some have had the chance to contribute, but not become impact players) for this team, will be expected to have big seasons in 2013. At least 80% of them will HAVE to have big seasons if the Giants are to go deep into the playoffs. As a lot of veterans disappear these are the kids who absolutely must step up. I see no reason to think they won’t.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Not sure “has” is the right word, but I also disagree with Sparky. Should Wilson come in next season and show he’s picking up blitzers and has a grasp of the playbook, he will be “the lead dog” as Reese said.

      •  Sparky says:

        Although I totally agree with you on the Wilson issue of having to be the feature back but if they somehow retain Bradshaw I really don’t see how he gets the snaps he should be getting.

        I love all of the names that you are throwing out as the foundation of the future but (and this is not a slam against the front office, coaching staff, etc…) the way the Giants operate in the manner of progression and maturity it’s time consuming and cumbersome for this age. I love the loyalty the team has and the willingness to teach (which should be foundation for any company) but it has become a detriment to their own “progression”.

        Mario Manningham leaving was no big deal to some but it was huge because they invested so much capitol into the kid for two years. I am sure Eli had to be a little disappointed also.

        Here’s hoping the same doesn’t happen with Randle after he makes a game saving catch in the playoffs next year.

    •  GIANTT says:

      you dont include Herzlich in this group ?

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Well, I still have hopes for Herzlich but not what I once had. At this point I almost have more hope for Muasau. On the other hand, Herzlich looked very good in Week 17. How much of that was because it was the Eagles is impossible to know.

      •  Jen Polashock says:

        I LOVE Herzlich & he’s clearly a favorite here at Giants 101. I specifically wrote more on 1st year guys. A few others are mentioning the other youth we’v got…

  4.  GIANTT says:

    Seems to me one of the biggest problems facing rookies is the CBA and the downsized preseason practices . I think that there is a shortsightedness in curtailing practices especially with the rookies
    If they had an increased practice schedule they would be able to get on the field faster and learn what the NFL is really like a lot sooner than the training schedule allowed to them now

    •  Begiant says:

      That would not explain the promising seasons that 5 rookie QB’s had while starting almost every game

  5.  Dirt says:

    I think the cap does go up in 2014 or 2015, significantly, when the new TV deals come into play.

    But for now, this CBA screwed all the players. Young guys because of the rookie cap. Old guys because the young guys are so much cheaper.

    Insofar as ~$125M in team salary is getting screwed, it’s happened. Guys like Webster, Snee, Canty, Boley can never cash in on the full length of the 2nd contract that they earned while getting paid a lot less on their first deal.

    •  Begiant says:

      I think some of that has to do with Jerry Reese. He signs a lot of players to deals that expire when they are 30-31. Not many teams want to give long term deals to 30+ guys unless they are really good.

      Take Nnamdi as an example. He signed a longterm (and high salary) deal at 29 and he is know declining and 31 with multiple years left on his contract. Webster (a CB who compares to Nnamdi) is 30 with one year left on his deal. Both are decling #1 corners (or just playing out of system) however we can rid Webster after this year and Philly is stuck with Nnamdi.

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