Giants’ entire 2020 NFL Draft class officially signs, led by No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas

Pat Leonard, New York Daily News

The Giants got their entire 2020 NFL Draft class under contract on Monday led by No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas’ four-year, $32.3 million deal with a $21.08 million signing bonus.

Joining the offensive tackle signing their rookie contracts were Alabama S Xavier McKinney, UConn OT Matt Peart, UCLA corner Darnay Holmes, Oregon OG Shane Lemieux, Penn State LB Cam Brown, Minnesota LB Carter Coughlin, South Carolina LB TJ Brunson Minnesota corner Chris Williamson of Minnesota.

Georgia LB Tae Crowder, the Mr. Irrelevant final selection of the entire draft, already had signed in May.

The Giants also officially released kicker Aldrick Rosas on Monday, signed Austrian RB Sandro Platzgummer of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, and waived Central Methodist undrafted free agent corner Malcolm Elmore with a non-football injury.

Monday’s business indicated the Giants are moving on schedule so far entering a new, coronavirus-dictated format to training camp, with veterans due to report on Tuesday.

The rookies first reported to East Rutherford, N.J., last Thursday and were tested for coronavirus twice — on Thursday and Sunday — with a two-day quarantine in between, following the new protocols agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Monday was the first of two days the rookies were scheduled to undergo the physical examinations required to officially sign and complete their rookies deals.

Monday also began daily coronavirus testing for the group that first reported last Thursday, which also included quarterbacks and injured players.

So on Tuesday the Giants’ veterans will report to begin the 90-man roster’s new regimen.

The vets first will undergo a four-day testing process with tests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and an off-day on Thursday. Then they’ll take physicals and fit equipment on the weekend before beginning an “acclimation period” next Monday.

The acclimation period will include limited weight room work and on-field conditioning. The team cannot practice in any way until Aug. 12 and cannot engage in a contact practice until Aug. 17. The entire preseason game schedule has been canceled.

Every NFL team is required to reduce its preseason roster to 80 no later than Aug. 16. Clubs can do so now for the start of camp or opt to keep more than 80 until Aug. 16 and split their squad for practices prior.

The Giants have shown no signs they intend to reduce their roster now, especially with a first-year head coach in Joe Judge and an entirely new operation with plenty of new faces to evaluate.


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