There was some concern last night that new tight end Ben Patrick had been issued the 89 jersey here with the Giants, which was his number in Arizona. It also happens to be the number of Kevin Boss, who at the present time is a free agent. So you can see why this became a story.
Eventually it was cleared up. Just a misprint. Patrick will wear 83 here with the Giants. He said so himself this afternoon. And, he said, he’s looking forward to the return of Boss.
“I was hoping that I’d be joining him,” Patrick said. “I was hoping that he’d be here and there’s still a chance that he will be here ... Part of my decision in coming here was to maybe play alongside of him.”
Eli Manning said he has spoken to Boss and Steve Smith, another key free agent who has yet to re-sign with the Giants.
“They are just trying to figure things out,” Manning said. “Obviously with Kevin, a little bit more urgency to that one just because he can come back and start practicing right away, as soon as we sign him, hopefully starting tomorrow, and getting a tight end. Steve still has some more rehab to do and wouldn’t be able to come in and probably, because of the injury, practice right now. Hopefully those things get worked out soon and we can get them back here.”
If not, they’ll have Patrick. He said before he starts worrying about how he fits into the offense he has to get onto the field. He won’t be allowed to do that until the new CBA is approved, which may or may not be tomorrow.
“I have to get caught up to speed,” he said. “I’m obviously pretty far behind and the learning curve is going to be pretty big so I’m going to try to learn as much as I can so I can go out and compete. Right now I’m not much good to the team.”