It's tough to focus on Xs and Os when your father is back home battling cancer.
However, Kevis Coley prefers to focus on the fact that he had his twin brother, Trevis, also participating at minicamp with him, and had his father, Solomon, rooting him on from down in Florida. Solomon Coley, who's in Gainesville battling lymphoma, has to be pleased that his son Kevis is one of the few rookie free agents that has a realistic chance to make the club.
"It's been good," Kevis Coley told TGI. "I think I've been picking it up pretty quickly. It's a big help. A lot of guys come up here by themselves. I have my brother here. I don't know that I've ever heard of two twins coming to the same team."
But the primary focus of both Coley boys is the health of their father.
"He's doing a lot better," Kevis said. "He's going to make it. He's a tough guy."
Almost daily, the twins are confused for one another, including on May 15 when secondary coach Peter Guinta approached Kevis to collect a homework assignment believing it was actually Trevis. After a confusing minute or two, Guinta realized he had the wrong twin when he noticed Trevis walking by.
Trevis Coley is a safety that will have a better shot in training camp if he's able to shed a few of his 227 pounds.
"The Coley twins work hard, they are very serious kids," Tom Coughlin said. "I like what I have seen so far. I think we take the safety down a little bit in weight. But I've been impressed with what I have seen."
Definitely in the Mix
Receiver Anthony Mix from Auburn almost missed the call. Immediately after the draft ended and it was official that Mix hadn't been selected, he was so angry that he was about to shut off his cell phone – and shut out the outside world. However, before he could power his cell down, it rang and it was the Giants on the other end of the line.
"It really hurt me not to get picked," Mix said. "But good thing I didn't turn my phone off right away."
"We looked at the fact that the way he was graded and what he brings to the table in terms of all the pluses and then some of the things that I think he is going to have to do in order to have a chance to compete for a job in this league," Coughlin said. "He is big man, now. He's a real big man. He needs to get down a little bit weight-wise so that you can take full advantage, of hopefully, a little bit more speed."
Currently 237 pounds, Mix knows that he needs to drop at least 10 pounds to have any chance to make the big club.
"I think that'll help me tremendously, speed-wise," he said. "I'll be faster, quicker and more elusive as a receiver."
With his 6-4 frame, Mix towers over defenders and can beat them in the physical game.
"I'm not scared of contact, that's for sure," he said. "And I can break tackles."
All eyes were on white jersey number 68, hardly the number of a basketball player. Jai Lewis, who was a center on the surprising George Mason club that reached the Final Four, is trying to make the Giants as an offensive tackle – or a tight end.
The 6-5, 292-pound Lewis said there are two things he especially needed to work on in order to have a legitimate chance to make the difficult transition, most recently made famous by San Diego tight end Antonio Gates, a hoopster at Kent State.
"Contact and memorizing the plays," Lewis said. "I didn't realize the playbook would be as intense as it is."
While it's Lewis' athletic ability that earned him this opportunity, he knows the more you can do the better, which is why he's willing to play OT or TE, and also worked at longsnapping during minicamp.
Coughlin said he's been impressed with Lewis' work ethic, but even the serious coach couldn't resist an opportunity to joke with Lewis.
"I said, 'Gee, Lewis, look at that body of yours. It looks like a basketball player's.' He loved that," Coughlin said. "He has got a lot of work to do, no doubt. But the key thing is that he is excited about trying, about working at it."
Coughlin is clearly enamored with second-round receiver Sinorice Moss, who looked as quick as advertised during the rookie camp.
"He caught our eye long before this, but his quickness, his ability to change direction," Coughlin said. "There is something about him. He is an upbeat guy, he is a good solid kid who has come in here and has impressed us any time we have interviewed him. Hopefully he will just keep getting better."
Seventh-round CB Gerrick McPhearson showed the 4.21 40-yard dash he ran during his Maryland pro day was no fluke. He was clearly one of the fastest players on the field and showed excellent closing speed to break up several passes.
"The speed helps you cover up the mistakes," he said. "As long as I'm fast and give a lot of effort, it'll cover up some of the technique mistakes I'm making. It definitely works to my advantage."
You would have thought the Giants were sitting on another Keith Hamilton. DT Jonas Seawright has become somewhat of a cult hero around Giants Stadium. A total non-factor last season, Seawright is being given an opportunity to win the vacant starting nose tackle position.
"I really do think I have a shot," Seawright said. "It's going to take mental and physical preparation every day till the season starts. Right now I'm 340 (pounds), where I need to be is 330, where I want to be is 325.
"I've always seen myself as number two. All my career I've always had skill and size but I've always been number two. It could be because of me. I'm not blaming anybody but I have a lot to prove. As long as I'm number two I'm always going to be after number one."
Coughlin confirmed that Seawright should be taken at least somewhat seriously.
"Yeah, but I think it is going to take a lot of time and it is going to take the opportunity for consistency, in other words, every day lining up at training camp and working and working and working," Coughlin said.
Coughlin was asked his thoughts of his club as the weekend rookie camp concluded.
"I think we are looking forward to having an opportunity to see these veterans and rookies together following this camp," said Coughlin of the club's veteran minicamp, which will be held June 14-16. "Hopefully we will know a little bit more. We have done some things in the offseason that I think have helped us and the draft class certainly has us encouraged. But let's put that together and see how some of the pieces fit and then utilize the talent that we have to put ourselves in the best possible position to be the most effective."