Tom Coughlin was asked if he expected to have this many injuries in training camp this year, to which he said that this is actually a pretty slow year I terms of camp injuries. I have to agree. There have been some headliners – Prince Amukamara and Osi Umenyiora requiring surgery certainly qualify – but for the most part it’s been a few nagging issues and that’s it. There have been years when practices had 8-12 guys on the bikes. Today, for example, there were four.
Lawrence Tynes and Darius Reynaud were sidelined along with PUPpies Ramses Barden and Adam Koets. Obviously Osi and Prince weren’t there. And Corey Webster was excused from practice with a death in the family.
Other than that, the Giants are pretty healthy. They had their defensive front seven in place with the return of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Michael Boley to the field. Sage Rosenfels, who was in the hospital for strep throat, was back on the field. Even Jim Cordle was able to return to practice.
One thing to look for is Andre Brown, who was stetching his right leg and had it attended to at one point.
Today was the next-to-last day of open practices in camp. It was also the first day that was uncomfortable in terms of weather with some heat and humidity settling in for the first time this summer.
Maybe one of the most interesting things at practice today was the small camera mounted on the helmet of fourth-string quarterback Ryen Perrilloux. The Giants’ coaching staff is hoping to use the images of what Perrilloux is seeing when he drops back to aid in their breakdowns of the film each day. If it works, we could see cameras on the helmets of all the quarterbacks. Pretty cool.
Also, Rich Seubert was at practice today. At one point he was standing near the port-a-potties that are next to the field. That’s a symbol for life in the NFL. One day you’re in the penthouse, the next you’re in the …
As for practice, here are some highlights from the first series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Manning hit Manningham … Bradshaw’s run to the right was behind a pileup as Tuck and Ballard hit the turf … JPP looked Osi quick getting around the corner and pressuring Manning on his throw to Ballard … Manning threw a pass slightly behind Manningham that should have been caught but was dropped (you’ll read that word a lot in the coming paragraphs, “dropped”) … Boothe had a nice kickout block on Paysinger with Andre Brown running behind it … Carr completed a pass to Hixon.
Here are some highlights from the second series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Tuck beat Bear Pascoe badly to blow up a Bradshaw run … Manning’s pass for Manningham was incomplete but Witherspoon drew a questionable flag from the officials on the field … Nicks made a tough catch from Manning with Thomas draped all over him. Good coverage, better grab … Hixon took an end around and even looked like the thought of passing the ball downfield crossed his mind … Carr’s pass for Victor Cruz was dropped, and on the next snap Cruz again dropped a pass from Carr … Greg Jones always seems able to fill holes and he did it on a Charles Scott run … Justin Trattou and Craig Marshall had pressure on Perrilloux (hope they said “cheese” for the camera!) who threw a pass to Jernigan that was broken up by Burks.
A few highlights as the sides took turns working off of cards to prepare for the Bears game:
Canty and Tuck had pressure on Rosenfels, who hit Manningham … Ross was called for PI on Duke Calhoun … Watkins caught a pass with Herzlich covering him … Manningham dropped a pass from Manning … Perrilloux overthrew Watkins deep down the left sideline with Coe in coverage … Carr completed a pass to Beckum, whom Gilbride has allowed back on the field.
In kickoffs, Rhys Lloyd got to show off his leg strength even if it was on a short field. Jernigan, Devin Thomas and Andre Brown were returning the kickoffs. Lloyd also kicked some field goals, but from my angle it was hard to tell the distance and if they were good. Let’s just say that even if they all went through there were some that were a bit squirrely.
In 7-on-7s Kenny Phillips dropped an interception on a Manning pass to Manningham, causing poor Dave Merritt to once again crumble to the ground. Manning hit Manningham on the next snap but Antrel Rolle was in position to break it up if they were hitting for real … Nicks made a tough rolling catch on a low pass near the right sideline on a ball from Manning … Carr hit the pass of the day, a 60-yarder for Calhoun which he caught over the shoulder at the 1 with Joe Burnett in coverage … Michael Clayton followed that with a dropped ball from Perrilloux.
Here are some highlights from the third series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Tyler Sash had an interception, diving and rolling on thr ground to pick off Perrilloux. That’s a Kodak moment! … Herzlich batted down a pass from Perrilloux … Witherspoon had a nice PD on Devin Thomas on a pass from Carr in the red zone … Joe Burnett intercepted a pass and took it 104 yards back for a touchdown (although about 84 of those yards were after the Giants offense and just about everyone else gave up chasing him).