Giants’ Kayvon Thibodeaux takes field eager to learn: ‘Not there yet’

Kayvon Thibodeaux said he has no expected sack total for himself in his rookie season with the Giants. The external expectations are burgeoning, but it sounds as if Thibodeaux — and the coaching staff — are trying to keep his feet on the ground and his mind out of the clouds. 

On his first day on the field in his first rookie minicamp, Thibodeaux and head coach Brian Daboll were making jokes. The drill called for the edge rusher, who was picked fifth overall out of Oregon, to drop in coverage and Daboll had a question. 

“You think you can run with Saquon?’’ Daboll asked. 

Running back Saquon Barkley, the 25-year-old veteran entering his fourth season with the Giants, was not out there, of course. But Daboll’s point was made. You are in the NFL now and there will be offensive skill players, such as Barkley, for him to deal with. Not in this rookie camp, but soon enough. 

So, what was the response? Could he cover Barkley? 

“I just laughed because it’s like all these great guys that now you’re going against,’’ Thibodeaux said. “It’s a different level. I’ve just got to do everything I can to keep getting better.’’ 

Kayvon Thibodeaux speaks to the media at rookie minicamp. Bill Kostroun/New York Post

For now, Thibodeaux stands out as the marquee newcomer, his presence rising above the other 84 players attending this camp, either as a 2022 draft pick,…

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