The New York Giants are having a rookie minicamp at the end of this week. Thinking of going down there maybe Friday and picking up some fresh material for the blog. Meantime, Ohm Youngmisuk has a profile of one of the rookies who'll be in attendance -- Jayron Hosley, the cornerback the Giants drafted in the third round. Youngmisuk says Hosley could have an opportunity to challenge for the nickel cornerback role and the punt returner spot.
Now, the Giants don't generally rush their rookies, but the fact of what Youngmisuk says is there will be opportunities for someone like Hosley to contribute. Other than Corey Webster, the cornerbacks on the Giants' roster all seem to be coming off of serious 2011 injuries. And Prince Amukamara, whose training-camp injury healed enough to allow him to play late last season, isn't all that far ahead of Hosley in terms of his experience in the Giants' program.
It'll be interesting to see the extent to which the Giants' early-round picks factor into the plans for 2012. Their depth somewhat weakened by free-agent defections at running back, wide receiver and cornerback, they used their first three picks on those positions and later admitted to drafting for need more than they usually do. For that reason, players like David Wilson, Rueben Randle and Hosley could find themselves with more of a chance to make an immediate impact than a lot of rookies might on most Super Bowl champion teams.