On Friday, the New York Giants opened a rookie minicamp, their first since releasing WR Plaxico Burress. Naturally, all eyes were on rookie WRs Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, who participated in their first practice since being drafted by the team in the first and third round, respectively, of last month’s draft.
“It was something that we were looking forward to, and I thought Ramses and Hakeem both did a nice job of catching the ball today,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said afterward.
Both receivers (Nicks at 6-foot-1, Barden 6-6) offer a similar physical presence to that of the 6-5 Burress.
“They are both big, strong receivers,” Coughlin said. “I think they will both be able to go inside. I know that they both will be –- studying them as hard as we did — they will be good in the (red) zone as well.”
Coughlin praised both receivers — going as far as to describe Barden as “worldly” and Nicks as “humble” — for the way in which they handled themselves on what is normally a rather overwhelming day for rookies.
“He seemed to do well coming out of his meeting,” Coughlin said of Nicks. “The information that we have on him is that he learns all the positions and he can line everybody up in the receiving corps. So that was a good plus for us. But he handles himself –- carries himself well.”
Said Nicks: “I didn’t feel any pressure at all. I just want to go out and play the game that I have been playing –- do what I have been doing to get me up to this point. Nothing is guaranteed. … I have to work hard for my spot. That is what I am looking forward to right now.”