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    GIANTS' PLAYERS ROUNDING INTO "FOOTBALL MENTALITY" AT START OF ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITIES

    GIANTS' PLAYERS ROUNDING INTO "FOOTBALL MENTALITY" AT START OF ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITIES

    "The sight of Brian
    Witherspoon writhing on the ground
    as the rest of the Giants’ defensive backs knelt in prayer was
    an all-too-familiar scene for a team that lost a bunch of cornerbacks, including
    Witherspoon, a season ago.


    It was certainly a poor way to begin the first of the 10 organized team
    activities sessions. But the workout continued for the rest of the team in a
    gathering (I’m running out of ways to say “practice” without saying “practice”
    because OTAs aren’t supposed to be called “practices”) that was short and
    limited in contact.








    "All of these workouts are important for everybody to get back into a
    football mentality," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Our first thing
    out here is we try to be safety-first. We don't have any pads on; we don't even
    have any shells on. We can go against each other a little bit in this phase.




    "But the development of these young guys is real important. Just to learn the
    new language is real critical."




    As you'll see below, some of the young guys are very early in the development
    process.




    A few notes from the session, and beyond:




    --The following players appeared to be limited in some form or fashion: RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), CB Corey Webster
    (unknown), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), LT Will
    Beatty
    (eye), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), LB
    Clint Sintim (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee),
    CB Prince Amukamara (foot) and WR Dan DePalma
    (hip). Amukamara says he’ll begin running next week. DePalma revealed
    he had hip surgery this offseason after practicing through a torn labrum. He’s a
    guy a few veterans have mentioned as a possible breakout player, so we’ll keep a
    close eye on him when he begins working fully. It sounds like that won’t be
    until training camp, though.




    --TE Martellus Bennett left practice midway through with a
    sore hamstring. But that doesn’t stop the learning. “(The trainers) can wrap you
    over here,” TEs coach Mike Pope yelled toward Bennett, meaning
    he wanted him closer to provide instruction on what the other players were
    running.




    --These players were not in attendance: DT Chris Canty
    (knee), TE Jake Ballard (knee), TE Adrien
    Robinson
    (finishing school) and DE Osi Umenyiora, who
    has yet to make an appearance around these parts this offseason. (I'm guessing
    Ballard wasn't around because he comes in early for rehab. I'm not sure if
    Canty's absence on the field had to do with his knee, which he had scoped this
    winter.)




    --Here’s how the first-team offensive line looked: LT James
    Brewer
    , LG Kevin Boothe, C David
    Baas
    , RG Chris Snee, RT David Diehl.
    Pretty much what we expected, save for Brewer in for Beatty. Expect Brewer to
    get plenty of reps at right tackle, too.




    --Your starting LBs were Mathias Kiwanuka, Chase
    Blackburn
    and Michael Boley. Newly acquired Keith
    Rivers was working with the second team. Rivers received some instruction from
    defensive coordinator Perry Fewell because he was peeking in
    the wrong gap on a running play. On the next play, Rivers was upset with his
    drop into a zone when WR Jerrel Jernigan caught a ball on a
    hook inside him.

    --S Tyler Sash worked with the starters in Phillips'
    spot.


    --DT Markus Kuhn (seventh round) was in action after missing
    rookie camp with a leg laceration. All's well, apparently, as he got up to bat
    down a pass late in practice.




    --CB Jayron Hosley, the team’s third-round pick, made a nice
    play in team drills when he slipped underneath WR Isaiah Stanback
    on an in cut from QB Ryan Perrilloux. Hosley was
    playing over top of Stanback but drifted even with him and then got inside his
    shoulder to get position and knock the ball away. Hosley showed good instincts
    on that play. A little later, though, he didn’t drop into a zone properly and
    allowed WR Ramses Barden to catch an easy intermediate pass
    near the sideline. “Get your depth,” secondary coach Peter
    Giunta
    said. And Hosley struggled to read a comeback route late in
    practice. His momentum carried him too far upfield on that play. “Watch the
    three-step (drop),” Giunta told him. In short, Hosley has the ability but like
    many rookies, needs to work on his technique.




    --With Witherspoon likely done for the season and CB Antwaun
    Molden
    suffering an apparent hamstring injury today, depth at corner
    remains paramount for the Giants. One player who could help in that department
    is CB Justin Tryon, who was playing well last season before breaking
    his arm
    . Tryon looked pretty good out there today, including on one play
    when he defended a pass from QB Eli Manning to WR
    Victor Cruz on a double move. Tryon didn’t bite and stayed with
    Cruz as he ran the corner route. Giunta thinks it could’ve been an ever better
    play if Tryon had turned back to find the ball. “Play the ball and that’s an
    interception,” Giunta told Tryon.




    --Speaking of the coaches’ commentary, Giunta and safeties coach
    David Merritt liked what they saw from undrafted free agent S
    Jojo Nicolas on one play when he stayed on top of a deep pass
    from QB David Carr to WR David Douglas that
    fell incomplete, thanks in part to Nicolas’ coverage. On the next play, Nicolas
    came from down low in the box to cover the deep half of the field, as the Giants
    are wont to do with their safeties. Nicolas, who signed with the Giants in part
    because of fellow former Miami Hurricanes Phillips and Antrel
    Rolle
    , will have to fend off Will Hill and
    Janzen Jackson for a roster spot. That figures to be a very
    interesting competition.




    --RB David Wilson, the first-rounder, ran into the flat on
    one play when he should’ve run the short hook over the middle. Carr just pointed
    to the area in which Wilson should’ve been standing when he was left without a
    check-down option. This is all part of the learning process for Wilson.




    --On the play Molden was injured, veteran S Stevie Brown
    covered some serious ground to get to a deep ball up the sideline. He looks
    spry. S Chris Horton, another veteran free agent, isn’t moving
    so well and was saying in the locker room he doesn’t have a burst because his
    hamstring has been tight lately. There’s apparently a lot of that going around
    right now.




    --Perrilloux has really been throwing the deep ball well this spring. Today,
    he laid one on the hands of a diving WR Brandon Collins, though
    Collins couldn’t hold on. Yeah, I said Collins was diving, but Perrilloux didn’t
    have much to work with on that play. Trust me, it was a good ball.




    --OT Matt McCants, the
    sixth-round pick I wrote about on Tuesday
    , showed real nice balance on one
    play when he handled LB Jacquian Williams to one side and then
    stoned him as Williams tried to bounce the other way. McCants has looked pretty
    good so far. Again, the hitting isn’t live yet, so let’s not make any snap
    judgments on guys playing the more physical positions. In fact, that’s why you
    won’t see much here about the players in the trenches because it’s just too
    difficult to gauge them when no one is wearing any pads. But from a footwork
    standpoint, McCants has been sharp when I’ve spotted him.




    * * * *




    Coughlin
    was asked about receiving the Outstanding Civil Service Award
    from the U.S.
    Army during a ceremony in Virginia this evening.



    "I think it’s a tremendous honor. I’m very humbled in receiving this honor,
    and I look forward to spending an evening with Gen. (Raymond T.) Odierno and the
    other people being honored," he said. "I have learned a little more what this
    honor is over the last week or so. It’s very humbling. It’s an honor to be in
    that company and to realize the historical significance of where we will be when
    this takes place tonight, where all the Chiefs of Staff have lived going way
    back to the 1800’s, and what this represents in terms of our support for the
    military, our men and women who serve our country.




    "If you think back going all the way to back to 9/11 and how that changed the
    way, I hope, all Americans feel about our armed forces, the changing of the way
    in which war is conducted and what (the military does) for us on a daily basis,
    so we can work in this great National Football League and all Americans can
    sleep under the blanket of freedom. It is a very, very humbling experience that
    I’m looking forward to."




    Asked what he's learned about the honor he's receiving, Coughlin replied,
    "Just the nature of what this represents. It’s the third-highest civilian honor
    that can be bestowed on any non-military persons. I’m deeply, deeply moved by
    this."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1






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    Re: GIANTS' PLAYERS ROUNDING INTO "FOOTBALL MENTALITY" AT START OF ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITIES

    Beckum is attending. Thats encouraging.
    Glad to see Brewer with the first unit. I know that doesn't mean alot but I hope he pushes Beatty hard this year.
    Too bad for Spoonie. The injury plague really sux. But its good to know that we can win anyway.

    Its exciting to read these reports again. Hard to believe the new season is here already. I'm stoked!
    THANKS RF!

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