With the New York Giants defensive unit and offensive arsenal garnering the majority of the public's attention this offseason, special teams coordinator Tom Quinn is preparing for his group to make a major splash in 2013.
Behind running back and return man extraordinaire David Wilson, Big Blue's special teams game reached unprecedented heights last season. With Wilson leading the way, coach Quinn is optimistic that he can look for more of the same from the former Virginia Tech standout.
"He's done it very well, but we'll have to see how it all comes down with where he is on the depth chart and what he's doing on offense," said Quinn of Wilson's starting status." It might be maybe for one or two or you don't need him for one or two, but we've got other guys that we feel good about. They feel good about the scheme and the system that's in place."
Although Wilson was electric at times last season, the Giants aren't putting all their eggs in one basket.
"Rueben Randle is another guy that we're excited about and then Jerrel Jernigan is another guy," noted Quinn. "So there's a bunch of guys that can do the job if it's not David." Coach Quinn is still tinkering with his punt return unit, but one player who has elevated himself from the rest has been cornerback Aaron Ross.
"He's someone that's probably one of the cleanest at catching the ball so there is a lot of faith with him back there, but that's something we need to create more field position for our offense with our punt return unit and it's something that we've lagged the last couple of years," Quinn said.
"They've both shown some good things, said Quinn of his placekickers." We're looking for consistency out of that position. Lawrence was consistent and did a nice job, so we're looking for that and how well they kick off after that is a big factor."
Competition is the name of the game in Giants minicamp and with spots across the special teams depth chart up for the taking, Quinn and his coaching staff are fortunate to have a wealth of talent at a multitude of positions.