The Giants may not have had much of a turnout when Eli Manning organized a passing camp a few weeks ago. About a dozen players showed up, and on some days there were as few as six on the field at Hoboken High School. But if the lockout lingers, the team leaders are making plans to have a more inclusive get-together.
“That’s what we’re trying to work out now and talking about,” David Diehl said at the Project Sunshine event on Thursday night. “We’re talking about different days, getting everybody together and things like that. We’ve got a bunch of emails going and we’ve gotten a great response.”
The players haven’t solidified anything yet. They’re waiting until the latest round of court hearings takes place before setting up their schedule.
“After June 3, we’re going to have to make a decision on whether we’re going to be able to go back to our facility to do it or if we’ll have to go somewhere else,” Diehl said.
Diehl was one of the few players and the only offensive lineman who came down to Hoboken High and supported the players there. Kevin Boss was also there for every workout although he was still nursing his surgically-repaired hip at the time. Since then, he said, he’s been running at full speed and feels fine. He’s looking forward to the possibility of getting the entire team together for a workout.
“It’ll be more of a jog-through pace to just go over the plays,” he said. “Hopefully we get some young guys there too, try to teach them the playbook a little bit. It’ll be good to walk through the plays again and continue to throw the ball around. The most important part will just be getting in the huddle again, hearing the plays being called, hopefully going up against a defense a little bit, just seeing different looks. It’ll be good.”
Diehl chuckled at the idea of going back to the field at Hoboken High School for the full-team event. The camp might not even be held there, though.
“It’s just like anything, whether it’s the weight room or a football field, it’s not about the actual facility it’s about what you do with it,” Diehl said. “I know for myself I’ve taken advantage of the situation. My hamstring couldn’t feel any better, I’m 100 percent healed, I feel great, physically I’m in great shape. The minute that we start there’s no doubt in my mind I’m going to be ready just because of the way I prepared, literally since the Super Bowl.”