Miami coordinator swears by Shockey

Rob Chudzinski asked the reporter on the other end of the phone line how first-round pick Jeremy Shockey looked during the Giants rookie mini-camp. Miami's offensive coordinator was not surprised in the least to hear that his former tight end turned heads throughout the entire weekend with his ability to get open and catch everything thrown remotely close to him.

"It's rare that you can find guys that can do it all," Chudzinski said. "He's going to be that kind of complete player. There are not many of those in the NFL right now. Jeremy's going to be a really, really good one."

In his two years working with Shockey, Chudzinski mentioned Shockey's competitive nature as one of his strongest points.

"He hates to lose, he just absolutely hates it," Chudzinski said. "He's all about winning. His teammates saw Jeremy as a guy who worked harder than anyone else and hated to lose."

Chudzinski was also impressed with Shockey's leadership ability, which was something the Giants fell in love with as they scouted him before the draft.

"For a guy to come in from a junior college (Northeast Oklahoma A&M) and develop as quickly as a team leader like he has is something really special," Chudzinski said.

But most of all, Chudzinski pointed out, Shockey was a key contributor, especially during crucial situations. Such as catching the game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass in the waning seconds to help the Hurricanes topple top-ranked Florida State only four games into his Miami career.

"He's a guy who wants the ball in critical spots when the game's on the line," Chudzinski said. "Not many guys truly, really want the ball in those spots. He's one that really does."


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