How excited was Devin Thomas to be back?
The receiver booked a flight to New Jersey from Michigan, arrived on the east coast Thursday night, and on Friday morning at about 10 minutes before 8 – before Tom Coughlin had even rolled in! – he was at the Giants’ complex ready to start work.
“I was geeked, I had to get back,” Thomas said as he left the Timex Performance Center following his workout.
The question that remained as he left, though, was how soon he would be back. The Giants have a preliminary schedule to being their official voluntary offseason workout program on Monday. But even on Friday players were antsy waiting to hear if the 8th circuit court of appeals would issue a temporary stay against the injunction that lifted the lockout earlier this week.
“There’s still uncertainty,” Thomas said. “We know we could get started and they could pull the plug on us. That’s the part that is upsetting. But we’re going to do what we have to do.”
Kicker Lawrence Tynes was another of the Giants who showed up and left with uncertainty.
“I visited with people, said Hi, and hopefully I’ll see you on Monday,” he said of his time in the facility. “That’s kind of the sentiment now, just trying to get through the weekend and hopefully I can come back Monday.”
The league allowed teams to use the weight room and training room beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday. For a player such as Tynes, who had three minor offseason surgeries – a hernia and clean-ups in his left ankle and right heel – the opportunity to receive physical therapy treatment from the Giants’ staff was appreciated.
“The one thing you miss out on is the expertise in the training room,” he said. “You just miss coming here, the accessibility of the field to kick and the facilities and I had a great lunch that I haven’t had in a while. I definitely missed it.”
Besides Thomas and Tynes, other Giants who showed up included Kareem McKenzie, Rocky Bernard, Brian Jackson, D.J. Ware, Rames Barden and Victor Cruz. To illustrate the craziness of this labor negotiation, several of them are in the building as I write this. Should a temporary stay be issued, they'd technically have to be kicked out (although given the way the Giants have ahndled their players this week, it's unlikely security would have to get involved).
With the proper insurance forms, they were allowed to use all of the equipment except the hot and cold tubs.
“They weren’t filled yet,” Thomas said. “But I know they will be by Monday.”