Goal line stands, packed stands
Lots of folks here for today's practice. The Giants are saying it was 6,720 for Autograph Night. It sounded like it. For the record, Hakeem Nicks got the loudest ovation when he caught a long pass from David Carr on a post route, about 35 yards in the air, and brought it to the end zone. It was the first deep reception of camp for Nicks.
The team was in full pads for the second straight practice. The only injury situation is Rich Seubert's shoulder. Tom Coughlin said earlier in the week he thought Seubert might be back for the weekend, but after today's practice he said they're looking at early next week. Tutan Reyes had been playing with the first unit in Seubert's place, but Kevin Boothe filled in today. He was smoked by Mathias Kiwanuka on one of the 11-on-11 plays.
Osi Umenyiora was the only other guy who normally practices but didn't. He took part in the full contact practice last night. Justin Tuck, who skipped last night, played today. So far they're been rotating, so we'll see how long that continues.
The offense threw two interceptions today, which makes 14 in seven practices for those who are curious about such things. Incidentally, for accounting purposes, I only count interceptions in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills when I count the 14 picks. So when Kenny Phillips made a nice play stepping in front of Michael Matthews in a one-on-one drill today, I don't count it.
Kenny Phillips made a nice play stepping in front of Michael Matthews in a one-on-one drill today. Still, it was far from the best play of the day for Phillips. That came when the team lined up at the goal line for a third-and-goal from the 1. The offense tried to run Brandon Jacobs on the right side but Justin Tuck and Jay Alford penetrated and disrupted while Phillips came in and wrapped up Jacobs to bring him down.
That was one of just two goal line plays. On the second one -- with the second units in -- Ahmad Bradshaw tried to run to the left but Chase Blackburn sliced through the line and made the tackle for a three-yard loss. Nice play by Blackburn, who has been very active.
Back to those interceptions. The first was by C.C. Brown who came over to help on a long pass to Mario Manningham from David Carr. Terrell Thomas was in coverage on the play. The second was by Jonathan Goff in 7-on-7s when Rhett Bomar tried to find Taye Biddle.
It wasn't all picks and giggles for the secondary, though. Stoney Woodson got burned twice in a row. First on the deep post route by Nicks that led to the roar from the crowd. Then, on the next play, he let Derek Hagan run right by him down the left sideline for a big gain. Safeties coach Dave Merrett wasn't very happy with that, even if Woodson isn;t a safety.
"Hey, let's go!" he shouted. "That's a first-class ticket back to South Carolina!"