So you’ve had enough of Hakeem Nicks for one day? Here’s your 88-free practice report from the first workout of minicamp.
First a few medical updates. Some players were working on the side: Chris Snee, David Baas and Terrell Thomas (UPDATE: Forget Markus Kuhn in this bunch, too!). Two others were not participating at all: Selvish Capers and Ryan Torain. And two players were elsewhere recovering from surgery: Jason Pierre-Paul and Henry Hynoski. Coughlin said Pierre-Paul had returned from California following last week’s back surgery.
Here’s how the first unit looked on offense: the line from left to right was Will Beatty, Brandon Mosley, Kevin Boothe, James Brewer and David Diehl; the wideouts were Rueben Randle and Louis Murphy; the tight end was Brandon Myers; and the backfield had Eli Manning at quarterback, Bear Pascoe at fullback and David Wilson at tailback.
On defense, you had Justin Tuck, Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins and Mathias Kiwanuka across the front; Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich and Keith Rivers at linebacker; and Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle in the secondary.
The second line of linebackers was Etienne Sabino, Dan Connor and Aaron Curry.
On punt returns, David Wilson, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle and Jayron Hosley were fielding the kicks. On kickoff returns it was Jernigan and Charles James on the returns, although James had trouble holding onto his first try and fumbled it badly.
Bear Pascoe seemed to have a bad day holding onto the ball too. He dropped a seam pass from Manning and another check down from David Carr. Of course, if he’s going to be a fullback, then catching passes won’t be his primary job. The Giants had three tight ends taking reps at fullback – Pascoe, Chase Clement and Jamie Childers.
(By the way, I’m told the Giants have not yet reached out to Vonta Leach, a free agent now that he’s been cut by the Ravens. They have been interested in him in the past, however, and Coughlin did not rule out the possibility of the team pursuing him.)
One play that really stood out was a flea-flicker in which Curtis Painter had the ball tossed back to him by Michael Cox then threw deep for Brandon Collins. The pass was short and incomplete. If you see that play, with those players, in the regular season, my guess is that the Giants’ season is lost.
One player who stood out was Damontre Moore, the third-round pick at defensive end. He was getting good push off the ball and at one point managed to drive offensive lineman Bryant Browning back into quarterback Ryan Nassib, so much so that Nassib had to jump up out of the way while throwing a pass. Strength and push were not supposed to be Moore’s impressive skills, but he showed it there. Of course, the NFL is not filled with a lot of Bryant Browning’s playing tackle, so he’ll have to show that he can do that against starter-caliber players before we get too excited. But it was good to see.