Not a lot to report from today’s practice football-wise as the team was in shells and working primarily off of cards in preparation for the Bears game. Of course there were some fisticuff fireworks and some injuries to note.
Among those not practicing today: Clint Sintim, Lawrence Tynes, Sage Rosenfels, Darius Reynaud, Domenik Hixon, Brian Jackson and Terrell Thomas. Thomas is the newest and most concerning as he had his left knee wrapped but Tom Coughlin said he should be able to play on Monday. The Giants were also without Corey Webster, whose uncle passed away, but Webster is expected back tomorrow and will play on Monday as well.
As for some other injury news, we got a glimpse of Prince Amukamara zipping around the facility today on a scooter-like vehicle that allows him to have his surgically-repaired leg elevated while pushing with the other and rolling up and down the halls.
And Coughlin said he spoke with Osi Umenyiora after his surgery yesterday when Osi was in the building. He said the defensive end was in “good spirits.”
Since the team was working off of cards, we’ll keep the highlights to a minimum. But here are some highlights from the first series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Mario Manningham took an end around that Mathias Kiwanuka was in position to stop, so the Giants ran the same play again on the next snap … Hakeem Nicks missed a deep pass from Manning down the right sideline. The ball went through Nicks’ hands but Witherspoon was there covering and appeared to have at least a small role in the incompletion … Joe Burnett looked good coming up to stop Charles Scott and drew appreciation from the coaches … The Giants tried a third end-around with Manningham but Kenny Phillips disrupted this one … JPP looked quick getting around Jamon Meredith for a sack of David Carr … Dillard came up the middle untouched and would have had a sack on Perrilloux.
A few more highlights from other 11-on-11 series:
Bear Pascoe had a good seal block on Deon Grant on a Jacobs run (but again, the defense was on cards so Grant wasn’t fighting through anything) … Travis Beckum made a good catch on a low pass from Manning with Ross covering him tightly … Thomas dropped a pass from Carr … Boothe sealed off Herzlich well on a DJ Ware run (again, not much opposition from the defense on these plays) … Coe stripped the ball away from Michael Clayton on a pass from Perrilloux on the left sideline … Darnell Burks had two nice plays, first applying pressure on Perrilloux via blitz to force an incompletion and then two snaps later breaking up a pass from Perrilloux to Duke Calhoun.
The special teams worked on punt coverage with Dodge and Weatherford alternating punts. Both seemed to be doing well. Witherspoon was the only guy they had returning the punts today. Meanwhile, during special teams, the quarterbacks were throwing passes into a net. At one point Manning must have connected and put the ball right in the hole of the net because the crowd went crazy and I could have sworn I saw Eli do a little chest-thumping at them after vanquishing his competition in the drill.
In 7-on-7s from the red zone, Manning hit Nicks on a fade to the right over Witherspoon … Carr nearly hit Cruz on a fade to the left but Cruz was bobbling the ball as he went out of bounds … Perrilloux threaded a nice pass to Manningham between Kenny Phillips and Michael Boley … Coe broke up a pass from Carr to Jake Ballard and on the next snap David Sims broke up a pass from Carr to Michael Clayton.
Some highlights from the next series of 11-on-11 snaps:
Manning hit Manningham on a deep post over the coverage of Witherspoon (but again, not sure how much oomph the defense was putting into their jams and such) … Kiwanuka came through on a blitz and would have sacked Manning, who dumped a screen pass to Ware … Pascoe had a good seal block on Dillard on a Jacobs run … Greg Jones came untouched up the middle as Perrilloux side-stepped him and hit Calhoun … Andre Brown went high-stepping through the line of scrimmage so quickly his thigh pad fell out from under his shorts … Linval Joseph looked quick getting to Carr, who managed to shovel pass the ball to Charles Scott.
Some highlights from the final series of 11-ono-11 snaps, these from the goal line or at least inside the 5:
Manning hit Cruz for a TD pass … Carr missed Thomas on a fade to the left … Dillard intercepted a pass off Perrilloux … Kiwanuka showed good athleticism covering Ballard and breaking up a fade to the left from Carr … Perrilloux threw the final pass of the day, trying to hit Thomas crossing in the back of the end zone. Derrick Martin and Greg Jones were in the area and Thomas dropped it. “Heard the footsteps!” Antrel Rolle yelled again and again. “Heard the footsteps!” After what happened between Thomas and Sash earlier, those safeties have to stick together.