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Michael Clayton trying to get up to speed with Giants' offense

Michael Clayton of the Bucs is hit by

Michael Clayton of the Bucs is hit by Giants defensive back Kevin Dockery on Oct. 29, 2006. He was signed by the Giants on Nov. 23, 2010. Photo Credit: Newsday/David L. Pokress

Besides the change at running back, the Giants also welcomed new receiver Michael Clayton to practice today. He was wearing number 83 and working to get a grip on the offense.

“He’s a veteran player, he’s been on the field, he worked out well,” Tom Coughlin said. “He’s anxious, he’s excited about the opportunity, as are we, so we’re going to see how far he can go with the learning and depending on how well he does with that, we’ll make some adjustments as to how much we can use him.”

I asked Coughlin if receiver is an easy position to simply drop a guy with talent onto the field and let him do his thing. He said no.

“Not with the adjustments that have to made,” he said. “Every route, for example, every pattern has adjustments within it for coverage. A guy has to, one, recognize the coverage, be in the right place at the right time, make the right adjustment and the quarterback has got to feel like he’s going to be there, so no, it’s not.”

Those adjustments are not universal, so Clayton has to learn the Giants’ rules for running routes.

“Every team has different ways in which they function,” Coughlin said.

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