New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin watches tackle Brandon Mosley (67) work out during minicamp at the Timex Performance Center. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

New York Giants Rookie Mini-Camp: Joe Martinek Impressing With Versatility

Former Rutgers University stars Joe Martinek and Brandon Bing made favorable impressions during the Giants rookie mini-camp this weekend.

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Brandon Bing Competing For Spot At Crowded Cornerback Position

When it comes to former Rutgers players currently attending New York Giants rookie mini-camp, running back Joe Martinek has been generating most of the buzz. Cornerback Brandon Bing has been noticed by at least one important person, however. That would be Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

“He is not a surprise because he worked and he is enthusiastic. He worked last year on the practice squad. And then coming into this camp he is showing what he can do,” Fewell said Saturday. "We are excited about him competing for one of those jobs this spring as well as this fall. He has picked up where he left off from practice from the playoffs, etc. So, yes, he has performed very well.

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The numbers don’t appear to be in Bing’s favor when it comes to making the 53-man roster this fall. The Giants have Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara, this season’s third-round pick, Jayron Hosley, free-agent signee Antwaun Molden and several other veteran corners competing for jobs. Among those veterans are Justin Tryon, Michael Coe, Brian Witherspoon and Bruce Johnson.

Bing, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, did make one highlight play Saturday morning, slapping away a long pass intended for wide receiver Rueben Randle, the Giant’ 2012 second-round draft pick. It is likely he will need to make a lot more of those to have a legitimate shot at making the roster.


Joe Martinek, Brandon Bing Impress On Day 2 Of Giants' Rookie Mini-Camp

Saturday was a good morning at New York Giants rookie camp for a pair of former Rutgers University football players. Running back Joe Martinek and cornerback Brandon Bing were among the standouts during Saturday’s first of two practices.

Martinek, a 5-foot-11, 224-pound undrafted free agent, drew praise from Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

“He’s been pretty good the whole camp, very steady,” said Coughlin. “Probably can play both spots. I think he has some position versatility.”

Martinek worked exclusively at running back or as the single back in shotgun or two-tight end sets during his reps on Saturday morning. Friday he had worked some at fullback.

Bing spent last season on the practice squad. He made the best defensive play of Saturday morning’s workout, going step-for-step with second-round pick Rueben Randle on a deep route down the left sideline and batted the ball away from Randle at the last instant.

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Joe Martinek Showcases Versatility At New York Giants Rookie Mini-Camp

Joe Martinek, the former Rutgers running back currently participating in New York Giants rookie mini-camp as an undrafted free agent, said recently that he hoped to open some eyes during the three-day mini-camp.

Martinek may be on the way to doing just that. The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Martinek showed some versatility during the two Friday practices, catching some passes and looking crisp on a handful of running attempts.

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The Giants seem intrigued by the varied skill the New Jersey native offers. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was asked Friday if Martinek was a halfback or a fullback, and seemed to indicate he is a little of both.

“We’re obviously playing him at fullback now and [we’ll] see what he can do, but that fullback position is so versatile depending on who it is that’s playing. If it’s Madison Hedgecock, we did certain things with him. Last year we did a few more things, but if he ever became the fullback I think he would probably expand some of the movement in terms of taking him out of the backfield, putting him in that detached position that sometimes the tight ends will go to and see if he can catch the ball and do some things,” Gilbride said. “But you’re asking is he going to be the one back runner. I don’t necessarily project him as the tailback behind a fullback, but certainly if we’re going two-tights or three-wides and he’s the single back. We’ll explore that down the road, but this camp obviously it’s just going to be just in the fullback.”

The fact that he was playing fullback seemed like news to Martinek, who told reporters he “was playing running back today.”

There are two more practices on Saturday that are open to reporters, but closed to the public.


New York Giants Sign Second Round Pick, Rueben Randle

According to Mike Garafolo of the Star Ledger and, the New York Giants have agreed to terms with another one of their 2012 NFL Draft picks, leaving only one pick unsigned with rookie mini-camp set to begin on Friday.

Randle is an interesting, raw recevier prospect, who drew many different opinions from scouts and analysts alike. Some thought of him as one of the most talented receivers in the class and a good value in the second round. Others were lukewarm on him. Here's what the National Football Post said about Randle in their scouting report:

Possesses that sneaky strider speed down the field and has some savvy to his game. However, lacks great burst out of his breaks and isn't going to be effective running sharply breaking routes. Looks like a potential NFL starter only.

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