Heading over to the New Meadowlands Stadium in a little bit, but wanted to share a few nuggets from the locker room session and from the first practice this morning:
First, the injury report. Kevin Boss and Kevin Boothe, both recovering from surgeries, were sidelined. Kenny Phillips was also not participating, but he was able to do some running on the side. Zak DeOssie headed into the locker room early with some back issues (not a good injury to have for a guy who makes his living bent over and looking through his legs). And Jay Alford will not participate in the minicamp after tweaking his left MCL – the same knee he had surgery on last year – during an OTA last week. Alford slipped and fell and said he was pretty scared when he felt the pain in the same knee. But he said he expects to have only another week or two of rehab on it and be ready to go for training camp.
Hakeem Nicks, who missed most of the offseason with toe surgery, was back on the field and was not limited at all. “One hundred,” he said of where he’s at, meaning 100 percent. He also said that he is not going to be participating in this evening’s practice and is being held out as a one-a-day guy.
Mathias Kiwanuka said his brother was expected to be released from the hospital yesterday evening, but he had not yet confirmed that it had happened since he’s been tied up with the minicamp. That’s good news for a guy who less than a month ago was “touch and go” following a motorcycle accident. He’s still got a long way to go in his recovery, but he’s coming along nicely Kiwanuka said.
As for Kiwanuka playing defensive end with the first team, he was pretty low-key about it, stressing that it’s still only June and everyone is out there working on their techniques and the new defense. But when I asked him if playing with the ones is better than playing with the twos, even at this point, he said: “It’s really good. Hell yeah!”
We spoke at length with Clint Sintim, who has high expectations for himself this season. He’s basically been handed the starting strongside linebacker job and he seems focused on proving to the Giants that he is worth them taking that gamble on him after an unproductive rookie season.
And in the team cafeteria this afternoon the TVs were tuned in to the NFL Network, which was showing a replay of the Giants-49ers playoff game in January 2003. The Giants blew a big lead in that game but seemed to be coming back to win. I had to leave just as Matt Bryant was lining up the game-winning field goal. But I’m sure it went through no problem.
A few sharp plays from this morning’s practice to wrap things up: Corey Webster had a nice pick-six off Jim Sorgi when he stepped in front of Victor Cruz … Nicks was in such good shape with his toe that he ran an end-around and ran a go route that would have been a deep completion had he not been held by Michael Greco … Micah Johnson dropped a sure-thing interception over the middle … Terrell Thomas had a nice pass defense against Mario Manningham on a quick out … Chad Jones was behind the receiver a few times … Sinorice Moss made Jason Pierre-Paul look a little silly when he broke containment in a two-on-one special teams tackling drill.