John Fennelly, Lead Writer
On occasion, I’ll read articles from around the net about “breakout” players. Most of these lists are moot exercises that list the teams’ high draft picks as candidates.
Newsflash: those guys are supposed to produce. It’s expected. Davis Wilson, Rueben Randle, Justin Pugh, Jonathan Hankins, Prince Amukamara et al were brought in to be the backbone of this team going forward.
A real “breakout” list should be more daring; late-round picks, UDFAs, guys they found working at Home Depot…you get the picture. Here’s a list of players that I think could play a significant role for the Giants this year:
TE Adrien Robinson: He’s shown ability but discipline and understanding of the offense needs to be displayed. He was considered a reach in Round 4 of last year’s draft. If you remember, Jerry Reese called him the “JPP of tight ends.” No one’s quite sure what that looks like. Maybe Robinson will show us this season.
OL Brandon Mosley: Who? Mosley was the Giants’ other fourth rounder from last year. The former Auburn standout missed all of last season with an ankle injury. This year at minicamp with Chris Snee and David Baas sidelined, Mosley saw quite a few reps with the first team. It may mean nothing, but it’s apparent the Giants are going to give Mosley a shot a roster spot. With age and injury issues on the line, he could end up being thrust into more action than expected.
S Cooper Taylor: This year’s fifth round pick. He is a very interesting player the Giants could use to address many of their defensive backfield and linebacker problems. At 6’5″, he can cover TEs as well as WLB. He is an intelligent player who can catch on quickly and possibly dominate against short and medium-range passing attacks, batting down passes and clogging the passing lanes.
RB Michael Cox: A seventh-round pick who the Giants just may have gotten lucky with. He’s big, fast and can catch. Andre Brown has never played a full season, and if that trend continues, Cox may be the guy the Giants call on. Over time, he may just the guy, period.
DE Adewale Ojomo: The prevailing thought is that third-round pick Damontre Moore will see more action, but Ojomo was clearly the best pass rusher in preseason last year. With JPP’s return uncertain, expect the Miami product to be turned loose. Hey, the Giants need people to get to the passer and this kid has a knack of doing that. Keep an eye on him.
CB Charles James: The Giants need depth at KR and a new PR. Common sense says Wilson’s expanded role in the offense will lead the Giants to curtail his opportunities at KR. After returning only 15 punts last year, the Giants need someone who can advance a punt for positive yardage. That player is probably not Jayron Hosley, who fumbled his way out of the job last year, or Randle, who simply was asked field the ball and not lose it. If James can hold on the football, the Giants may have their man.
Those are my guys, let’s hear yours….