Eli Manning said he was "confident" that the Giants' receivers would be competitive and and play at a high level but warned that it was important for the rookies to get off to a fast start.
Injuries and holdouts are the most difficult obstacles for rookies, but Eli emphasized that there is also a "learning curve" for new players coming into the league and tempered expectations by adding "We'll try to see what they can do and how they can help us next year."
David Tyree, Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon are three returning veterans who vowed to assist the new players in any way possible. Smith and Hixon are currently penciled in as the starters and Tyree is returning from a knee injury that cost him the entire 2008 season.
Tyree, he of the most famous catch in recent NFL history, praised top pick Hakeem Nicks' circus catch in the Meineke Care Bowl last January as "one of the best I've ever seen".
"It's all about competition and we've got a lot of at this position," added Tyree. "If you're not hungry enough - especially with the way things have shaken out at our position with last year's starters being gone - to just come in and compete and give it your all, then you don't have the right mind-set."
"What Plax and Tooms did for us, I'll try to pass that on and give some advice," Hixon said.
Sheridan Era Begins
Bill Sheridan, the Giants' new defensive coordinator, assured the fans, the media and the team that the transition to him from Steve Spagnoulo would be seamless. Sheridan said a few changes would take place such as coaching from the booth rather than from the sideline and not requiring defensive ends to drop back in pass coverage as often.
When asked about the role of 2nd round pick, LB Clint Sintum, Sheridan vowed to play to Sintum's strength as a pass rusher. He also affirmed Mathias Kiwanuka's status ("He's a defensive end") and laughed off the suggestion that Antonio Pierce's performance was declining.