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Giants rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux (hip) ‘fully healthy,’ will ‘be ready to go for training camp’

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Kaivon Thibodeau will be ready for his first NFL training camp when the New York Giants rookies report back on July 19.

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No. 5 overall choice reportedly retained minor hip injury during spring training, but Thibodeau said while visiting the NFL Network on Monday that his first season in the NFL is well under way.

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“I am completely healthy, I am doing well,” Thibodeau said. “I’m back to training and I’ll be ready to go to training camp.”

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This time of year is the so-called NFL off-season, but Thibodeau’s schedule seems far from it. He wakes up at 6 a.m. every weekday and does his first workout of the day from 6:30 to 8:00, cardio. He gets up for an hour at 9am before taking a three-hour break to relax and eat. At noon he goes to the cinema and studies his new play, at 2:00 pm he has a session of physical therapy, after that he attends various business meetings and ends each day with yoga around 4:30 pm.

“Now it’s a full-time job,” said Thibodeau, who appeared Monday on NFL Reddit, Around the NFL Podcast as well as Full NFL Access.

In three seasons in Oregon, he made 126 tackles (84 solo), 19 sacks, seven defensive passes and three forced fumbles. He will be asked to help the Giants improve their pass rush, which had a total of 34 sacks (T-22 in the NFL) and a pressure percentage of 24.2 QB (28 according to Next Gen Stats).

He has honed his skills throughout the pre-draft and since joining the Giants with the help of the team’s veteran defensemen, including Aziz Ojulari, who led the Giants with eight sacks in 2021 (also the most by a rookie.” Giants” after individual defenders). were first discovered in 1982), by Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence.

“The guys were great to learn from,” Thibodeau said. “One person can’t do every move, so I figured out what I can do and what’s good for me and my game. Then I have to set up everything I have… The biggest problem (at the beginning of the rookie season) is realizing that I can’t control everything. I can only control what I can control. Even though I want to do my best, I can only do the task, my job.”

The Giants enter the 2022 season with a new head coach (Brian Daboll) and defensive coordinator (Don “Wink” Martindale). The team’s goal, without a doubt, is to win – New York’s last winning season was in 2016, when they also made their last playoff appearance. As far as personal success goes, Thibodeau, who will be DE/OLB in defense of the giants, is focused on winning every day.

“I don’t want to think too big. You have to divide the season into parts,” he said, adding that the coaching staff told him to stay in the game book during the team’s downtime. “If I could average at least one sack per game or make 5 to 10 tackles per game, then I would be good.

“This is the smartest way to do it. You never want to look to the end. You always want to do it day after day. If you reach the top, you will skip those steps right in front of you. So I know if I take those small steps and get one sack or 5-10 tackles a game, by the end of the season I’ll be where I want to be.”

No one knows how to do it better with the Giants than Michael Strahan, who was Thibodeau’s mentor before he was drafted in the first round by the team Strahan played with for 15 seasons and won the Super Bowl.

“He was a great mentor, showing me the basics and showing me how to stay focused while building an empire around me,” Thibodeau said. “We always talk about a strategic approach to everything we do, so he kind of helped hone that.”

Thibodeau has only been part of the organization for about two months, but he has everything he needs to hit the ground running when he arrives at training camp. He has support, talent, confidence, dedication and health. Now it’s up to him (and he’s well aware of the challenge ahead of him) to take the next step and help this team of giants succeed.




Source: www.nfl.com

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