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The New York Giants have officially wrapped up the 2014 NFL draft, but as 30 other teams prepare for rookie minicamps this offseason, the Giants have gone a different route. Given the chaotic timeline of events, the organization has elected against holding one altogether.
Rather than force a minicamp into the offseason program window, head coach Tom Coughlin explained that he prefers to maintain an order and flow — this means working the rookies and vets simultaneously:
“[Not having a rookie minicamp has] never been done before. In the past you’ve had to work it so that when they came for the minicamp, they stayed. Well, we’re into the [offseason] program, we’re on the field four days a week, so to shut this thing down so we can have a rookie minicamp or do something, a one-day camp on the weekend, we could have them on the field [this past] Tuesday [instead].”
The draft being pushed back this year has placed a restrictive wall on every team’s scheduling, and the Bengals have followed suit in deciding against a minicamp for their draftees.
Whether this approach works will be determined down the road, but from a logistical standpoint it feels like the prudent call. With that said…the rooks will be thrown directly into the flame from the word go.