First week of OTA’s is over and we have some updates on the battles for starting positions for Safety and Tight End.
Like we reported last week, the favorites for landing the starting Tight End gig were Larry Donnell, Xavier Grimble and Kellen Davis, with Adrien Robinson having to fight for his spot. Well, gladly I was wrong. Adrien has rocketed himself as a favorite.
In an interview Adrien said he worked a lot on his game and his posture on and off the field. He said he focused on being more than a great player, but a great professional – behaving himself and putting the extra work needed. This week he was flawless catching passes and not over-thinking too much before acting and it seems to be working just fine for him. In the past week he went from just another guy in the training facility to a professional hard-working favorite for position. If he proves he can also be a competent blocker – something that the other three have as their strong features – and the Giants don’t bring anyone else from free agency, it seems Adrien Robinson is going the be the guy for the job.
After a great 2012 season when he was picked up as a free agent and surprised everyone leading the league in interception return yardage, Brown tore his ACL on the third game of 2013 and was out for the season. He immediately started rehab and since then has fully recovered. Coach Tom Coughlin himself praised his efforts and said he is very happy about the work Stevie has been putting in. Despite the good results this first week, we have to see how he develops, because Brown himself said that even though his performance was good he has a long way to go to be considered competitive enough to land the starting gig after Will Hill returns.
Let’s keep an eye out on the weeks to come.