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Former Giants coach talked up Randle

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--Former Giants assistant special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who last year left the team to join the coaching staff at LSU, offered his old bosses a glowing recommendation of receiver Rueben Randle, the team's second-round pick.

"I think there have been a lot of personal calls made into that particular school, talking with coaches who have worked with Randle," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. "Thomas McGaughey ... gave Randle a very strong recommendation and we have a lot of faith in Thomas' ability to judge (talent)."

--Cornerback Jayron Holsey, the Giants' third-round pick who failed a drug test at the Combine, was contrite about his lapse in judgment and is ready to move forward, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

"He did fail the test in Indianapolis. We're very much aware of that, and we've addressed that with him, and we're prepared to address that professionally as well when we do get him here," Coughlin said.

Coughlin noted that the team is open to taking a chance on prospects that exercise poor judgment, "provided we have enough information about the player to believe that we can work with him and he's willing to overcome whatever issues he's had."

--Hosley, the Giants' third-round draft pick, will be reunited with his college teammate, running back David Wilson, with whom he played for the Hokies at Virginia Tech.

In describing Wilson, Hosley called him, "a good guy, fun guy -- loves to laugh and joke around."

One of Hosley's favorite stories about his college roommate was his chasing a rabbit around campus because he wanted to prove that he was quick enough to catch the animal.

"You never know what to expect coming from David," Hosley said. "He's just a guy that has a lot of energy and always running around."

--Most offensive players long to pad their statistics so that they increase their chances of being drafted.

Not so for tight end Adrien Robinson, the first of the Giants' fourth-round picks.

"It wasn't bad for me because it was just how our offense was," he said of his low pass receiving numbers. "We had a good running back who went over the 1,000-yard mark. For me personally, I felt like blocking was something I needed to work on the most, so I think individually, it helped me out."

--According to Stats, Inc., running back David Wilson, the Giants' first-round draft pick, gained 990 yards last season following initial contact with a defender, the best in the NCAA.

--The Giants signed defensive end/linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka to a three-year, $21.7 million contract extension, which includes an $8.5 million singing bonus and $10.95 million guaranteed.

Kiwanuka, 29, who had been in the final year of the two-year extension he signed last offseason, will see his 2012 base salary reduced from $4 million to $950,000.

Meanwhile there remains very little movement on a new contract for defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who has made no secret of his displeasure over his current deal.

--The Giants signed defensive tackle Shaun Rogers on Thursday afternoon, just hours before the start of the draft. The 6-4, 350-pound Rogers will provide another big body along the defensive interior's rotation.

A 12-year veteran who's been to three Pro Bowls, Rogers, who played last season with the Saints, said he was excited to be a part of the Giants.

"I still most definitely feel that I can bring something to the table," said the 33 year old. "I might not be exactly like I was in '06, but I still have some tricks and I still have some good push in me."

In 16 games last season, Rogers had four starts and was credited with 22 tackles (14 solo). He also played in the Saints' two postseason games.

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