Some snippets from Thursday's presser with the Giants' OC Kevin Gilbride, who is dealing with a a multitude os issues. His offensive line is going through a transition period (he said "we are thin" at tackle) and he is trying to find a starter at tight end, where Bear Pascoe has emerged as the steadiest option. Let's not forget to mention that his No. 1 WR - Hakeem Nicks - may not be ready to start the season.
But there are always silver linings to reflect on. The Giants keep on supplying him with useful players for his offense. First round pick David Wilson is the quickest player the team has had in recent memory.
Gilbride said only one player can beat him in a straight dash, but no one can match his quickness. That other player would be his direct competition in the Giants' backfield, second-year RB Da'Rel Scott.
WR Rueben Randle is also opening eyes, but Gilbride can take so much. Instead of heaping too much praise on everyone, he composed himself and gave a realistic view in the end.
"There is a lot of polish that has to take place in terms of sharpening some of the things that he is doing," Gilbride said of Randle. "You see enough to be encouraged. It is just a matter of can you get him to how far along he has got to be to help us. But I think there is enough ability there, for sure."
On if Hakeem Nicks will be ready for the season..." I don’t know. I’m hoping. I got my fingers crossed; my knees are hurting from praying....There is nothing you can do. He is hurt and he is not here. So hopefully he will be back at the start of the season - or in training camp, I don’t know.."
On first round pick RB David Wilson..."I don’t know if we have had a guy as explosive, regardless of the position, here. I think Da’Rel Scott gives you – in a 100-yard dash – you may be able to beat him, but I don’t know that you see quite the darting, the explosiveness and short bursts that you see with him..."
On Will Beatty, who is battling back issues....."We need him. He has got to be there. We have lost to what amounts to three starters in the last two years on the offensive line. You can’t keep doing that and not be effective. And so that is counting him as a starter – if you lose him that means four starters in the offensive line. Then it doesn’t matter how good your quarterback is....You can’t lose that many guys in one spot – especially that spot – and not be concerned. Somebody has to step up. Lose Will Beatty – that would be the fourth starter in the last two years. That is too many; that’s too many."
On rookie WR Rueben Randle, who sure looks NFL-ready to the naked eye..."It is kind of what we had hoped. I think we see a guy that catches the ball real well. He is a build-up speed guy that I think has enough to get by people, to give us a deep threat that we need when people are kind of clamping down on the other guys underneath – Victor underneath – or what have you..."
Random thoughts on others....
"I think (WR) Brandon Collins has looked really, really impressive in practices. That has been fun to see, because I didn’t know much about him, and he looks to be very, very...I have seen better quickness than anything. That is what I have seen; great quickness, great speed; more quickness than speed. Good speed, great quickness, but also picking up the offense pretty quick...."
"Except for TE Bear (Pascoe), there is nobody that has done it before. You are hoping to have Bear as a swing guy, a second tight end – he could motion back and play the fullback position – give you what he has always given you which is unbelievable toughness and somehow making plays that maybe you don’t think that he should be able to make. He always seems to make them for you – not necessarily as your starting tight end. But right now he is the starting tight end..."
Quotes courtesy Giants Communications Dept