Kyvan Thibodaux’s work ethic has impressed the Giants with the jump of linebackers coach Drew Wilkins.
“He’s incredibly curious,” Wilkins said on Thursday after his sixth OTA practice. “He comes here, he gets his playbook. I’m at the comedy cellar with my wife. You know how you gotta put your phone in the little bag? I take my phone out of the bag at the end of the show , I got 10 texts from him: ‘Hey what’s this call? What do we have on this?’ It’s Saturday night and he’s reading the playbook.
“He’s driven to succeed,” Wilkins said. “You see it in everything. It’s exciting that he’s here.”
Unfortunately, Thibodaux isn’t practicing right now. He was on edge on Thursday in a red jersey, having sustained an undisclosed injury at last Thursday’s indoor practice.
He left the field during his full-team period along with other rehab players such as Kenny Golladay (now in a blue jersey) and Sterling Shepard (Achilles).
The good news is that head coach Brian Dabol was not worried, and the issue is not expected to affect Thibodaux’s availability for training camp in July.
“I don’t think there’s really any [long-term training camp concerns],” said Dabol. “We will see. It is day to day. I’m talking about everyone. I think the red jersey players are making progress and hopefully we are all ready to go.
Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, speaking for the first time since his February recruit, said he was “excited” when the Giants drafted Oregon Ducks No.
“He was Drew’s No. 1 guy and he was my No. 1″ [pass rusher] Coming out of the process,” Martindale said.[There are] Its all the different flexibility and the way we can use it in planning and its possessed rush ability. He is a bright, very football-smart kid with lots of aspirations and goals… I love him from day one.
“If Wink had built an outside linebacker in the lab, it would be Kyvan Thibodaux,” Wilkins said.
“They have all the skill sets we look for,” Wilkins said. “He can be a leading edge setter, an explosive and violent and relentless pass rusher, and everything needed in a package.”
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams said Thibodaux, who is known for his big personality, has shown refreshing humility to the top pick.
“I’ve been paying attention to him, seeing what kind of guy he is. I’m liking what he’s seeing so far,” Williams said. “It’s the little things, like making him an offensive lineman.” needed [on the show team], he is one of the first people to run there and see. I appreciate things like this among the top picks because he knows the team still has a lot to offer. ,
Watching Thibodaux on TV, Williams said that she felt “this guy is definitely a character. But meeting him in person, he’s a humble man and he’s ready to put in the work.”