Ever since Kayvon Thibodeaux got twisted around during a practice two weeks ago inside the field house, the rookie edge rusher has been wearing a red jersey and not doing much during the organized team activity sessions. He was wearing a red jersey again on Thursday for OTA No. 9, and it is not known when he will be cleared for full participation.
“I think they’re all at different spots, the guys in red jerseys,” head coach Brian Daboll said. “Knock on wood hopefully he’ll be good to go.”
Asked if “good to go” meant for the start of training camp, Daboll said “Yeah, hopefully. But I’m not gonna promise anything. He may or may not.”
Considering that the start of training camp is not until the last week in July, not being able to promise that Thibodeaux will be ready, seven weeks from now, is an injury situation worth monitoring.
Thibodeaux did move around on the side, sprinting and going through agility drills.
While remaining vague on the timeline for Thibodeaux’s return, Daboll would not rule out the rookie for next week’s three-day mandatory minicamp. “We’ll see next week how it goes,” Daboll said. “There’s a lot of things that can happen over the weekend.”
The No. 5 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was slowed much of the 2021 season with Oregon by a sprained left ankle. He missed two games and battled to find his form after returning from the injury.
Another prominent young player, left tackle Andrew Thomas, is coming off left ankle surgery following the 2021 season. Thomas is also wearing a red jersey. Daboll said “hope so” when asked if Thomas might be ready for next week’s minicamp.
“He’s doing a good job,” Daboll said of Thomas. “Everything we’ve asked him to do, rehab-wise.”
Rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson continues to make plays in practice and is being asked to do more and more.
“He can handle it,” Daboll said. “He’s smart. That was part of the evaluation process in terms of getting ready for the draft. We place a high premium on intelligent players, and he’s certainly one of them.”
Guard Shane Lemieux was a senior at Oregon in 2019 when Thibodeaux arrived as a hotshot recruit. “When he walked in, you could tell that’s a football player right there,” Lemieux said.
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As the Giants scouted Thibodeaux, they made sure to ask Lemieux what he thought of his former college teammate.
“I told them straight up he is the guy, he is a real dude, a real good player,” Lemieux said. “Effort is nothing I would ever question for him.”
The NHL asked, the Giants said yes, and that is how the Stanley Cup spent about three hours at the Giants practice facility on Wednesday. Daboll said “pretty cool thing to see” and made sure to state he did not touch the cup — that can be seen as bad luck. The Rangers are undefeated in the playoffs when Daboll has attended games at the Garden. He and general manager Joe Schoen were there Wednesday night for the Rangers’ 6-2 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Lightning.
“As a coach or a person in this industry you always try to learn and grow and learn from different teams and different competitors,” Daboll said. “What a resilient group. Two Game 7s, back-to-back, when they’re down. Boy, they got off to a fast start [Wednesday]. Getting off to a fast start helps, no matter what sport you play.