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Live from the Meadowlands: 1st practice at new stadium

Here with an update from the New Meadowlands Stadium as the Giants practice here for the first time in their first day of minicamp:

25,000?: Early reports from the Giants camp said that the team sold around 25,000. That is how many registered for the free tickets online. But from the crowd here at New Meadowlands Stadium it appears the Giants are gonna fall a few... maybe a little more than a few thousand short. The lower bowl of the new stadium is maybe one third full. Estimates here in the press box are around 5,000 people. Keep in mind anyone could register for the free tickets online. It looks like much less actually showed up.

Where do you feel comfortable: There are a few brave souls here at the Stadium venturing into the upper confines of the stadium. Most of the fans are located in the lower bowl in the first couple dozen rows near the field. But some seem to be seeking out and perhaps even trying out certain seats in the stadium. All the way up into the last row of the upper bowl, fans are walking around and sitting down here and there. And who knows, perhaps with all of this PSL commotion these fans are carefully picking out the exact seat they want.

Punters on centerstage: The first part of practice at the stadium consisted of the Giants two new punters -- Matt Dodge and Jy Bond -- kicking full field. As I previously reported in an earlier post, former Giants punter Jeff Feagles was right with both Dodge and Bond working with them and giving them pointers all the way through the session. After every punt Feagles had something to say. Some of the players returning kicks, as it was this morning, included Andre Brown, D.J. Ware, Domenik Hixon and Sinorice Moss.

Notes from half-field QB-WR-CB drills: Numerous catches from Giant receivers sent the crowd here at the stadium in a frenzy. The highlight of those catches robably came on a 40-yard diving catch from Domenik Hixon over Cornerback Seth Williams to conclude the drill. But in terms of overall quality, there may have not been better plays in the set than Aaron Ross' wire to wire defense on a couple of plays where he refused to let a receiver catch a pass

Further work from Feagles: And... Jeff Feagles just refuses to stop working. AS the team split up into three different groups -- two of which going over what appear to be core drills emphasizing blocking -- the third group comprised of specialists was in the endzone. Feagles is sticking with the punters now as they are working on holding on placekicks as Lawrence Tynes kicks horizontally across the endzone into the crowd. Feagles has a comment after every snap.

All eyes on the "1's": For the next portion of practice the entirety of the team had reconvenied (including the specialists) as they are watching the first team go through full on 11-on-11 drills on the field. Eli Manning is leading the offense and thus far has completed 3-of-3 passes to Mario Manningham, Domenik Hixon and Sincorice Moss on the last two plays.


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