Ex-first-round pick Aaron Curry getting shot at LB with Giants
The most conspicuous player at the Giants' rookie minicamp Friday was the first-round pick. Of the Seahawks. In 2009.
Aaron Curry, once the fourth overall selection in the draft, was an interested -- and rather interesting -- spectator as the newest batch of Giants made their debut. He spent most of the time watching the linebackers from the sideline but eventually headed inside the facility during the afternoon session, where he signed a one-year contract.
If Curry is looking for a fresh start after a flop of a career that has been hampered by knee injuries, he has come to the right place. The Giants have a habit of taking chances on other teams' tarnished top picks.
Last year they traded for linebacker Keith Rivers from the Bengals and re-signed him this offseason. Now they have Curry. The Giants have not selected a linebacker in the first round of the draft since 1984, but there's a chance they could have two first-rounders starting there for them this season.
"We're always looking for players and we like giving guys second opportunities,'' general manager Jerry Reese said. "He's worked hard to get back and he worked out well for us . . . He was the fourth pick in the draft a few years ago, so obviously we think he had some talent.''
Curry arrived in New Jersey on Wednesday, worked out Thursday and stuck around Friday. To make room for Curry on the 90-man roster, the Giants will need to cut someone by the time they file the contract on Monday.
Curry played two-and-a-half seasons in Seattle before he was traded to the Raiders in October 2011. He started the 2012 season on PUP in Oakland and played in two games before he was waived in November.
"We think we have a good opportunity for him here to see if he can reinvent himself a little bit and bring something to our linebacker corps,'' Reese said. "Of course it's a low risk. It's an opportunity for him. If he comes on and looks like the player that he was when he was the fourth pick in the draft, it's a win-win for everybody.''
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he is not concerned by the absence of restricted free agent Victor Cruz during offseason workouts. "I guess I have great confidence that it's going to get done so I don't give it a lot of thought,'' Gilbride said. . . . DE Damontre Moore, a third-round pick whose midweek work ethic was questioned by Tom Coughlin, said he is ready to roll up his sleeves. He seemed especially moved by a note that Justin Tuck left for him in his locker this week. The note read: "I hope you are ready to work.'' . . . Moore and three other draft picks -- second-round DT Johnathan Hankins, fifth-round S Cooper Taylor and seventh-round RB Michael Cox -- all signed their rookie contracts.