Giants told to use time off wisely

Eli Manning speaks to the media at the

Eli Manning speaks to the media at the end of Giants minicamp. (June 14, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The Giants broke minicamp Thursday and don't have to return to work for another six weeks, when they'll report to training camp in Albany.

More than a month of bumming at the beach, licking ice cream cones and squinting from the sun's glint off that Super Bowl ring sounds like a nice way to spend the summer.

Too bad that's not what they'll be doing. Any R & R the Giants get this summer will stand for repeating and recharging.

"The goal is always to win the Super Bowl," Tom Coughlin said of his message to the team before he dismissed them. "Be responsible, take care of yourselves, enjoy yourselves, but let's make sure we can all get back together with a smile on our face and a stern look in our eye when we come back together on [July] 26."

Justin Tuck said he wants to make sure the players -- especially the young players -- understand the purpose of the next six weeks.

"It's about building off of what we did [in the minicamp]," Tuck said. "Anything can happen in the OTAs and make sure that we don't have any lapses come training camp. You want to pick up where we started off and keep it going. Hopefully those guys understand that and continue working and come back when we go back to Albany ready to go."

Besides football, Coughlin reminded the players -- as he does annually -- to avoid troublesome and dangerous situations. The Giants had a firsthand illustration of those pitfalls this week when tackle David Diehl was arrested for DUI on Sunday night. Commissioner Roger Goodell also sent a statement to all teams along those lines, Coughlin said.

"You try to make sure that you verbalize everything," Coughlin said. "Don't let the other guys down. That part of it is make sure that you are thinking in everything that you do, everything that you say, every place that you go."

The Giants may have football on their minds for the next six weeks, but there will be some time to clear the head and relax. Even Coughlin will take a vacation -- if he can stomach it.

"I'll be excited about the first little bit of time that we get away," Coughlin said. "But give me a couple of days and I'll start thinking about what is coming at the end of July."

Notes & quotes: Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride gushed about the speed and quickness of first-round pick David Wilson. "I don't know if we have had a guy as explosive, regardless of the position, here," Gilbride said of the running back. "This guy has the kind of explosion that I'm not sure how many guys in the league have." . . . Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara both said they want to start at cornerback in 2012. That will be one of the big battles in training camp, especially with Thomas coming off ACL surgery. He was held out of team drills in this minicamp but insists he'll be ready to go in training camp . . . Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell liked what he saw in the offseason from new linebacker Keith Rivers. "I think he's becoming more comfortable with our terminology and within our defense," Fewell said. "I have high hopes for him."

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