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New York Giants 2012 Rookies Stepping Up Next Year

Jim O’Connor — US Presswire

With a year under their belts, which turned out to be a humbling season, the rookies for the New York Giants should come back next year strong next year and ready to contribute a lot more than this past season. The Giants will definitely be expecting their first three picks from the 2012 NFL Draft to make bigger contributions next season.

The Giants used their first-round pick on RB David Wilson out of Virginia Tech, and his rookie season was rocky to say the least. The Giants had big plans to utilize Wilson’s open field speed, and he had a solid showing in the preseason. That changed very quickly in just one play.

In the season’s opening game against the Dallas Cowboys, on Wilson’s first carry, he coughed up the football, drawing the ire of head coach Tom Coughlin. Little did anyone know, or Wilson for that matter, Coughlin was so upset with the turnover he decided to put Wilson on the bench and relegate him strictly to special teams.

Wilson would get another chance toward the end of the season, which he made the most of. He has started to impress the coaches, but many people knows he has to be better at blocking if he wants to be on the field more. However, in the next couple of seasons, Wilson will definitely be used a lot more.

The Giants used their second-round pick on WR Reuben Randle, who was notably productive in his years at LSU. With the departure of WR Mario Manningham, Randle was expected to compete for the third receiver position. However, he wasn’t trusted early on to be in sync with QB Eli Manning, and had to wait his turn. He got opportunities over the course of the season, and he was able to make a couple of big catches.

The third round selection was used on CB Jayron Hosley, who was teammates with Wilson at Virginia Tech. Hosley probably didn’t play as much as he would like, but the Giants went with two established guys in CB Corey Webster and CB Prince Amukamara. Hosley played in the slot at times, and he knows he needs to improve and do a better job.

Hosley got his only interception of the season against QB Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers back in Week 3. Hosley started an important game against the Atlanta Falcons when Amukamara was unable to suit up. It wasn’t a good experience for Hosley as he and the rest of the defense were lit up by the Falcons’ offense.

These three will have a bigger role in the Giants’ plans next year. They better be ready to show improvement. If they don’t, they won’t have a long future with the Giants.