Giants 2018 third-rounder LB Lorenzo Carter has reminded everyone of the team's 2017 second-rounder DT Dalvin Tomlinson. It isn't their on-the-field play, but instead, what they play off the field.
Tomlinson was known as the Renaissance Man for his extracurricular activities off the field that included playing a few instruments. Carter is the same way as he dabbles with the cello and tubs among others.
"In elementary school, fifth grade, I started to play the cello and it stuck with me," Carter told reporters after the Giants' rookie minicamp over the weekend. "I love the sound of wood instruments, and I just fell in love with classical music."
There is nothing classical about Carter's play, though. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, he has the ability to be a sideline-to-sideline linebacker, while working as a stout pass rusher as well. Carter will want to emulate Tomlinson after he made the 2017 All-Rookie Team last year following a 30-tackle, one-sack season.
In his first time putting on the Giants jersey for real, Carter noticed many differences in how the NFL functions on a daily basis. However, the work ethic and intensity level that is expected of each player hasn't changed from his time at Georgia.
"The main similiarity when you come out here, it's time to go to work," Carter said. "We can have fun, but keep the main thing the main thing. Be where your feet are. We are out here to work and get better and that's what we are going to do every day. The coaches are going to be on you from the first whistle to the last one."
What has been the biggest challenge? Like many rookie of the past, the all-important familiarity with the playbook.
"I think the biggest challenge has been getting in the playbook, making sure I understand all the adjsutments we need to make and learning the terminology," he said. "Everywhere you go, it's going to be different terminology, so you just want to be speaking the same language as the coaches."
The Giants are hoping Carter's size and athleticism will fit perfectly in new defensive coordinator James Bettcher's 3-4 scheme. To make as immediate an impact as possible, Carter wants to gain as many tips and information as possible.
"I feel I bring a lot of athleticism, versatility. I can do a lot of things out there, and just energy," he said. "I'm young, I have a lot of energy. I want to soak it all in, soak it in from the vets, soak it in from the coaches and just be a sponge."
Carter has much to learn as his days as an official NFL player have begun, but intends to show the Giants exactly what his talent is on the field. As for his talent off the field, the annual rookie talent slow should do the trick.
"Oh, yeah, I forgot about that," he said. "Yeah, I will bring a cello in here and get down for them."