After a day “off,” we’re back to Giants training camp, so let’s get caught up, shall we?
Newsday is reporting that a trade of Osi Umenyiora will take place by the end of the week, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. I did see reports that the Giants have lowered their asking price on Umenyiora from a first-round pick (presumably to a second-rounder), although the folks who rep Osi have not confirmed that. It was my understanding that if the price were to drop like that then the deal would be done. It hasn’t been done, at least at the time I’m typing this sentence. It may be that the Giants are considering lowering their asking price, but so far, as far as I can determine, they haven’t actually done it.
A couple of familiar faces have been added to the roster. Yesterday the team agreed to terms with WR Michael Clayton, who was a late addition to last year’s team and who spent time this summer working with the Giants during their lockout-forced practices at Hoboken High School and Bergen Catholic. They have also brought back former fourth-round pick RB Andre Brown, who tore his Achilles in his rookie training camp and never played a game for the team. He’s bounced around for a while and was most recently dumped by the Redskins.
The team also added some veteran help on the interior of the defensive line with the signing of former Cardinal Gabe Watson. He was a nose tackle in AZ, but here he’ll probably be a part of the rotation at DT with Chris Canty and the two unproven youngsters in Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin.
Practice is tonight at 6 and it’ll be the first time the Giants go in full pads. It’s free and open to the public. So far the crowds have been pretty disappointing. Kind of reminds me of my days covering Hofstra football. And we all know what happened to that program!