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Now please enjoy the following Giants-related headlines over your Saturday morning coffee.
"They have gone outside what their normal operating procedures are and that is usually a sign they are understanding what they are up against, and it's an important year," [Louis] Riddick said. "They hit the areas they needed to hit as far as trying to improve this team. I give them credit for that. They did take on character risks. Signing John Jerry is shocking to me. On defense, DRC is not a character concern, but his playing personality and his profile is not what you typically associate with the Giants, although his coverage skills are elite when he is on."
When Giants fans list their favorite players, it’s not long before they get to No. 89.
That was the jersey number once worn by Mark Bavaro, the Giants’ rough and tough tight end who was a standard-bearer for the attitude of the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl-winning teams.
Now Xavier Grimble, an undrafted rookie, is embracing the weight of wearing it a quarter century later.
Shortly after signing with the team late last week and receiving his jersey, Grimble posted a photo on Twitter of the 2011 Giants Ring of Honor inductee, saying that he is watching highlights of Bavaro for inspiration.
And what did he see?
“Just his toughness and his humbleness and just how he let his actions on the field speak the most,” Grimble said on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. “I always like to look at the guys who were great before and just look what they did and, you know, mold yourself after that. You can’t go wrong with following somebody who has already done it before you. That’s kind of my thing, to look back and try to envision myself doing the same type of thing.”
Wouldn’t it be great if after a handful of shaky drafts, this year’s New York Giants class was able to step in and contribute in some way?
To quote a favorite saying of general manager Jerry Reese, “Never say never.”
Realistically, though, the amount that a rookie draft pick contributes will largely depend on how quickly he takes to the Giants playbook and, in many cases, how well he does on special teams.
Other factors, such as injuries to the guys in front of him on the depth chart factor into the equation as well.
So what can we realistically expect from these new Giants, assuming that there are no injuries and the rookies progress in their understanding of New York's offensive and defensive systems?
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