As the NY Giants sat several starters, some rookies were called on to play key roles Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Browns
The NY Giants rookies have mostly been spectators during the preseason, but two members of the 2021 NFL Draft class stood out during a 17-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns Sunday.
Three of the Giants‘ top four picks have barely practiced all training camp. It’s become a concerning sight nearly every day to see multiple players expected to contribute to this team not be able to get on the practice field.
Kadarius Toney, Azeez Ojulari, Aaron Robinson, and Elerson Smith did not play against the Browns. Rodarius Williams started at cornerback while Gary Brightwell also saw time as well.
Toney is still dealing with a mysterious injury, it appears the NY Giants held out Ojulari but he should be healthy, Robinson is still working back from core muscle surgery, and Smith is starting to come back from a nagging hamstring injury.
Joe Judge and his coaching staff need to get their first-year players o the field to get them integrated into NFL play. Pro football isn’t the SEC, not the AAC, it’s definitely not Northern Iowa competition, and it’s not the Pac-12 or Big 12 either. The Giants’ top rookies need to get experience playing with and competing against NFL players to be acclimated for a successful year one.