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New York Giants Keeping an Eye on Army QB/WR Trent Steelman?

January 17th, 2013 at 12:35 PM
By Dan Benton

As anticipated, the New York Giants have sent several scouts to St. Petersburg, Florida to cover the upcoming East-West Shrine Game, which will be played this coming Saturday. And although they haven't been overly active in interviewing many of the players, both Blogging the Beast and Walter Football have reported that Giants scouts have been seen talking to and keeping a close eye on Army Black Knights quarterback turned wide receiver, Trent Steelman.

Most reports have indicated that Steelman's transition to wide receiver has been surprisingly seamless, with the former quarterback showing a fearless attitude over the middle and impressive progress in and out of his cuts. He's also showed his value elsewhere, running the wildcat in practice, and even taking over the long-snapping duties at one point.

Several scouts have simply label Steelman as a "real football player." And the Giants, as our buddies at SNY point out, rarely shy away from developmental projects (see: Andre Woodson and Ryan Perrilloux) and love versatility. Under head coach Tom Coughlin, they also thrive on discipline, and few players in the East-West Shrine Game are more disciplined than the four-year Army starter.

With the success of guys like New England Patriots wide receiver/cornerback Julian Edelman at the pro level, college players like Steelman are going to get a lot more attention. And although he's still likely to go undrafted, there's no doubt someone will sign him as an undrafted rookie free agent (URFA).

Will it be the Giants? Who knows, but they're poking around.

photo credit: The U.S. Army via photopin cc


Tags: Army, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Trent Steelman

11 Responses to “New York Giants Keeping an Eye on Army QB/WR Trent Steelman?”

  1.  Begiant says:

    If he goes undrafted I would love for the Giants to pick him up. Sounds like he knows a lot about the game.

    Going back to last thread I have to say Bart Scott’s comments are hypocritical. Here is a guy who tried to start an anti-media campaign and get the entire team to not speak to the media. That fiasco was put to an end when the ILB, Thomas, spoke to the media as soon as they tried to implement the immature policy. In addition when your coach argues with fans, curses to the media and makes quesitonable decisions this sort of thing will happen. The jets brought it on themselves. They need to take resposibility.

  2.  Krow says:

    Don’t all service academy guys have long military commitments?

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Film breakdown: Giants need to beware of focusing on Stevie Brown’s 8 INTs before letting Kenny Phillips get away

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think most of us know KP is a better player that either Brown or Hill. But the point this piece misses is that KP will cost a lot more. If everything were even I thin kall of us would choose KP even with some injury concerns. But the money and durability are huge factors.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Steelman has a chance to be a good multi-purpose player in the NFL. He was practically a one-man team for The Black Knights of the Hudson for four years. He’s got guts, discipline, and toughness. I don’t know about his speed, but one part of Dan’s piece really intrigues me. It’s that he is a long-snapper. I love DeOssie and what he has done for us but he is, in fact, a bit of a wasted roster spot because he cannot play linebacker.

    Using that spot on a player who can also be a weapon if used elsewhere would make me very happy. If nothing else, if Steelman could be signed (or drafted very late with our hopefully ninth pick) he could back up DeOssie while helping expand the offensive options elsewhere.

    But what about his service commitment? Doesn’t he have four years obligated to the Army?

    •  BigBlueScorpion says:

      Correct but I think He can choose when he serves it

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      There was a rule change a few years back….

      Cadets accepted into the program, “will owe two years of active service in the Army, during which time they will be allowed to play their sport in the player-development systems of their respective organizations and be assigned to recruiting stations. If they remain in professional sports following those two years, they will be provided the option of buying out the remaining three years of their active-duty commitment in exchange for six years of reserve time.”

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        More on the rule according to Wiki…

        The rule, known as the “Alternative Service Option”, or ASO, has since been suspended after undergoing review by the Department of the Army. All players not under contract had to return to their active-duty station. Since Campbell and Mike Viti of the Buffalo Bills were under contract, they were tentatively authorized to play with their respective teams with the provision that if cut, they would have to return to their active duty station and not be able to sign with another team.[4] The Army dropped the ASO option on July 8, meaning that both players had to serve two years of their active duty commitment before they can petition for early release. Campbell, however, was not informed until July 22, after reporting to the Lions training camp. He chose Air Defense Artillery (ADA) as his duty branch, but served on the coaching staff at the Army Prep School.[5]

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