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Morning of optimism for Ahmad Bradshaw

ALBANY -- It seemed like Ahmad Bradshaw practiced twice all of last season. Now the running back might be practicing twice in the same day.

Tom Coughlin and Bradshaw himself both expressed optimism that the back would be back on the field in the afternoon session after working during the morning practice. Most players coming off surgeries are restricted to one practice a day – Kevin Boss, Keith Bulluck, Hakeem Nicks are among those who sat out this morning but are due to come back in the afternoon – but for Bradshaw who is coming off THREE surgeries, he wants to be on the field as much as he can.

"Just trying to give it all back, get it out there and see how my feet feel on a hard day of work," he said between the workouts.

While he hardly practiced last year, Bradshaw played almost the entire season with cracked bones in his feet and a sore ankle that had given him trouble since he was in college. He spent most of his days wearing a protective boot until he had the surgeries at the beginning of the offseason. The Giants were cautious with him in the spring, holding him out of some OTA and minicamp work. But now they appear ready to throw him right in there.

Coughlin reserved judgment on Bradshaw after just the one showing.

"We have to see over time," he said. "He made some nice cuts and nice runs this morning, caught the ball in the individual drills. I’d like to see him first have confidence in himself in what he can and cannot do and then see him extend that, fight his way through some of the tough days and continue to be out here with his teammates without having to have to step back."

Bradshaw said he’s always been confident. Now it’s a matter of making the team comfortable with him being on the field.

"I feel great," he said. "There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be perfect. I feel 10 times better than I did last year."


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