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Gartrell struggles, Canty and Joseph strip down, and the T-shirts say what will win a title

Kevin Boss of the New York Giants stiff

Kevin Boss of the New York Giants stiff arms Erik Coleman of the Atlanta Falcons en route to his first touchdown on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Just a few other notes from this morning’s first few hours of training camp until practice starts for real at around 3:

All 80 players reported on time. There are 78 players eligible to practice and two – Kenny Phillips (knee) and Kevin Boothe (pectoral) on PUP.

Besides Phillips and Boothe, the only other players not to participate in the conditioning test were Ahmad Bradshaw and Keith Bulluck. Both are expected to practice this afternoon. Kevin Boss (ankle) participated in the run, which is a very good sign with him coming off surgery.

The players had to run eight sprints across the field in the conditioning test, making each lap in under 20 seconds. All of the players passed, although some were a lot closer to passing out than passing the test. One surprising player was RB Gartrell Johnson, who struggled quite a bit to finish his laps. But he made it.

Chris Canty and Linval Joseph both ran the conditioning test in just their underwear. I don’t know why. I’ll have to ask them about it.

Good quote from TE coach Mike Pope on the feeling at this camp: “No one around here is anywhere close to pleased with the way things finished (in 2009), so we absolutely have a rock in our shoe getting this thing underway.”

One of the things to watch for in this camp will be how the offensive line develops. It sounds like the Giants are going to give Will Beatty every opportunity to win a starting job. How that would shuffle the deck remains to be seen, but it would probably mean David Diehl moving to guard.

The Giants staff and players are wearing T-shirts at this camp that say: “Talent Wins 9 Games, Discipline Wins 11 Games, Leadership = World Champions”
 

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