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Friday, April 30, 2010
Quick hits from Day 1 of rookie minicamp

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Just some idle thoughts, observations and quotes from Day 1:

DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DT Linval Joseph are big bodies. Pierre-Paul will need coaching since this is the first offseason training program he has ever gone through.

MLB Phillip Dillard was hard at work trying to learn the playbook and calling plays out in drills. But that's no surprise since he's been a film junkie and a gym rat since he was young. "It's actually not too crazy," he said of the Giants' playbook. "I understand their defense but it's just the different terminology. I'm getting that down pat pretty quick."

S Chad Jones is a confident dude. The LSU former two-sport star in baseball and football said he doesn't mold his game after any safety in the NFL and wants to be an elite safety. He's also a big safety and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said he will take a look at Jones as a potential returner.

Some more quick hits from the first day of rookie minicamp:

Tom Coughlin on first-round pick Pierre-Paul: “He’s hungry to learn. That’s the most important part of it all.”

Coughlin on why Rutgers WR Tim Brown impressed him on Friday: “He was quick off the ball and he made some nice catches. He adjusted well and went low and picked the ball out of the air. He was able to maneuver his body past the defenders when he was headed out on a deep route. He knows what he’s doing out there and he has some nice speed.”

Coughlin on fourth-round pick MLB Dillard: “He moves around well. He’s juggling around with making the calls and being aligned properly. He was noticeable.”

Sixth-round pick Adrian Tracy on the last time he played outside linebacker and the transition from defensive end to OLB: “My freshman year of high school, I played. Then after that, it was probably the Texas vs. Nation all-star game was the last time I played a linebacker spot. It’s fairly new to me. I’m making the transition. I’m learning. I’m getting more comfortable with my stance. I’m not in a rush to put my hand in the dirt. Wherever they need me, I will play. Right now I’m trying the SAM linebacker spot out and seeing how that works.”

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on fifth-round pick OL Mitch Petrus and the state of the offensive line: "What we liked about him is that the guy is extremely aggressive. He has great speed. He pulls - he does a great job in open space. He cut blocks; he is very, very aggressive. I think what we have gotten is -- Richie (Seubert) will be insulted when I say this but he reminds me of Seubert. He has that kind of tenacity, that kind of attitude. When will he contribute? That is contingent on so many factors. How fast he develops? Right now if I have my way and things go the way we hope, there will be no injuries and the offensive line will stay intact and he won't contribute much at all. Those guys will stay there. But the reality of it is, right now over the last year, we have lost a lot of time between the guards and the tackles. They are very prideful. They are very tough physically, mentally. But who knows with time. They are getting older. And they are fighting Father Time as valiantly as they can."