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Giants rookies ready to compete against NFL teams (and each other)

Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley runs for a touchdown

Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley runs for a touchdown after intercepting a pass by Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez during the first half of a preseason game. (Aug. 18, 2012) Credit: AP

While most of the attention has been on Giants players (or one particular player) being treated like a rookie even though he isn’t one anymore, the actual rookies have been having themselves a pretty good preseason. The team’s top three picks have all had standout moments so far through the first two games – and really, at this point, what more could you ask for? – and appear to be ready to contribute to the team.

In recent years we’ve had to wait around for younger players to develop. None of last year’s draft picks made an immediate impact on the team, although Jacquian Williams was certainly useful early on and Greg Jones was thrust into a starting position in the opener. Even the year before that, Jason Pierre-Paul was just a special teams guy for the first half of his rookie season. Go back to 2009. Hakeem Nicks, ok, he was ready, but they eased him into the offense. The rest of those draft picks – Clint Sintim, Will Beatty, Ramses Barden, Travis Beckum, Andre Brown, etc. – brought very little in their first season (some would say still haven’t).

So now we have David Wilson, Rueben Randle and Jayron Hosley. Aside from Hosley’s turf toe issue, they seem to be ready to play. Two of them have already scored touchdowns, although the one you would think would have has not. And they seem to be engaged in a little competition amongst themselves to out-do each other.

“He put a lot of pressure on me when he did that because we both went to the same college,” Wilson said of Hosley’s interception return for a touchdown against the Jets. “People back home see him do that and they are like, ‘Where’s David at? Where’s David at?’”

Wilson admitted to there being a competition.

“I think between all the rookies, it is a little, to see who wants to perform the best,” Wilson said. “And so far I think all of us have been contributing when we are in, Rueben Randle and all the guys.”

But with his 77-yard return, Hosley has taken the lead.

“That was definitely the biggest play out of any of us so far,” Wilson admitted. “I was hoping to get a kickoff return (against the Jets) but they kept kicking it into the end zone.”

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