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New York Giants Monday Morning Storylines: Giants Hope Xavier Grimble is Their Secret Weapon

June 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Monday, New York Giants fans! The second week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) get underway today, will continue tomorrow and then conclude with a third practice on Thursday. But, as we await news out of East Rutherford, we offer you the following morning headlines to enjoy over your coffee.

Giants Hope for Secret Weapon in Undrafted Tight End Grimble

The Giants are well into the next phase of their offseason program with the start of organized team activities — offense going against defense right there on the same field, but no contact allowed.

Consider it an opportunity for many Giants newcomers to make a positive impression, which is what Xavier Grimble needs to do to build some momentum for his uphill climb to reach the final roster.

Grimble, an undrafted free agent from USC, is a tight end. As Giants fans know all too well, it’s not exactly a position of strength for a team that sagged on offense in 2013 and did not address its tight-end deficiency with any marquee additions.

Former LSU players Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry Reunite at NFLPA Event

Some former LSU players reunited at the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Colesium. LSU had nine players drafted and three of them got together for a photo in their new duds.

Jeremy Hill, second round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, Odell Beckham Jr., the No. 1 pick and 12th player overall of the New York Giants, and Jarvis Landry, a second round pick by Miami posed for this photo. The photos were taken during photo shoots with trading card companies Panini America and Topps.

New York Giants: 5 Players Whose Stock Is on the Rise After Week 1 of OTAs

The New York Giants are about to get started on the second of four weeks’ worth of OTAs at their training headquarters in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

While there is a long way to go before decisions have to be made regarding roster spots and the depth chart, quite a few players have jumped out in their quest to impress the coaches after three noncontact practices.

Robinson, who’s running with the starters, has looked smooth catching the ball and doesn’t seem to be overthinking situations, which means he's playing faster.

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Tags: Football, Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Hill, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Odell Beckham Jr., Xavier Grimble

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4 Responses to “New York Giants Monday Morning Storylines: Giants Hope Xavier Grimble is Their Secret Weapon”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    It’s WAY too early to reach any conclusions, but it appears that with the exception of Will Hill’s appeal just about everything that HAS to go right with the Giants IS going right.

    Beckham comes in and looks immediately like an NFL-ready receiver (who has apparently wowed a number of observers and got the coaches feeling giddy).

    Randle looks like a different player from the one who went brain-dead way too often last season and appears to be really committed to becoming the lead dog among the wide receivers (for which he may well have the talent, at least until Beckham gets more experience and exceeds all of them).

    Robinson makes a few highlight catches and already has shown that at his new weight he should be a pretty good target for Eli (but will he be a good blocker at 265-pounds?).

    Stevie Brown looks like he’s healthy and ready to take a starting role.

    There’s much more competition at the inside linebacking positions than anyone imagined prior to the draft because Reese appears to have signed TWO solid guys in Dennard and Fox (which means Herzlich will be fighting for his football life, and he won’t give up his roster spot easily because of his mental toughness).

    JPP’s body looks more like the jaguar he looked like in 2011 than the “too big” body he carried around of late because for whatever reason the team or he thought that would make him even more dominant. And he has made it clear he expects to have a big year and he feels great, so he has cleared away any excuses that would give him a rationale for anything less.

    Eli comes back as only an Iron Man can and Nassib already looks like the heavy favorite to become the backup and allow the team to carry only two quarterbacks.

    And nobody was hurt.

    Until the pads come on none of this assures much of anything, but even the most skeptical fan has to admit that a lot of the most troubling questions about this team are starting to look as if they might have positive answers (I will say that the O-line clearly remains an issue because without pads and hitting there’s no way to tell how they’re really doing. And you can say the same for the other side of the trenches, on defense. But at least they’re all healthy.)

    And there are no injuries!!

    •  Sintexo says:

      I agree, everything seems to be going pretty well right now. Knock on wood with the whole injury thing. I’m not too excited about Randle yet. He made a lot of good plays during camp last year too.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      +1

      But a few additions. I actually think 6 games was good news about Hill. while clearly in a perfect world we want him for all 16 games that likely not going to happen. For a guy facing his 3rd suspension to get only 6 games when guys facing like Daryl Washing got 16 games it seems fortunate. And 6 games might be just enough time to develop Taylor or Behle without missing Hill too much on the field.

      Also you didn’t include the 10 pounds or so of muscle that both Moore and Pugh put on during the offseason. So far so good.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    I notice that Pugh supposedly put on 10 lbs of muscle . Im just hoping it doesnt slow him up any .

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