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Tuck and Nicks not practicing, Giants audition snappers

A whole red snapper is roasted with sliced

A whole red snapper is roasted with sliced lemon, bay leaves and thyme. (June 7, 2011) Photo Credit: Michael Gross

Tom Coughlin delivered the now famous line “Beckum is Beckum” a few weeks ago. Today he may have to change the phrasing on that.

Beckum is … a longsnapper.

Yes, the tight end who could not keep his feet on a fourth-and-3 catch against the Eagles on Sunday and rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich were both handling the longsnapping duties at practice today. Zak DeOssie, the Giants’ Pro Bowl snapper? He was not at practice. Presumably we’ll get an update from Coughlin when he addresses the media after the workout today.

Besides DeOssie, the only other Giants unaccounted for was Brandon Stokley. He suffered a quad injury yesterday in practice.

Justin Tuck missed a second straight day of practice with groin and neck injuries while Hakeem Nicks, who worked fully yesterday, was not participating today. Prince Amukamara was also on the sidelines.

Meanwhile Osi Umenyiora was practicing, which is good news for him since it probably signals that the swelling in his knee after practicing yesterday was not terrible. He’s still not a definite to play on Sunday, but it’s looking more and more likely. And Mario Manningham was back for his second straight practice after being sidelined with a concussion last week. Both Osi and Mario looked to be moving well.

One last note: The Giants began practice outside but about 15 minutes into it there was a flash of lightning and a rumble of thunder. Chris Canty was the first one to sprint for the fieldhouse, and a moment later Coughlin was blowing his whistle and directing all of the players inside. They finished their practice there while it rained very hard outside.


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