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Giants Enjoying the Quiet

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As the New York Giants prepare to launch a full-team, mandatory minicamp Tuesday, there’s a notable change surrounding the event: an absence of distractions.

Unlike a year ago where tight end Jeremy Shockey was arguing with General Manager Jerry Reese and wide receiver Plaxico Burress was griping about his contract, the Giants aren’t dealing with any kind of current drama, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark-Star Ledger.

It’s a camp that should be focused strictly on football, especially with Burress cut during the offseason and Shockey playing for the New Orleans Saints for the past year.

“If this is a year in which we’re not going to have any of that [distractions], then terrific,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “. . . It’s a continuation of where we are, trying to take those areas we need the most work, and having already introduced it, now come back to these people for a second time and let’s see how the young guys respond with that information in front of them.

“It will be a culmination of what we have done this spring. It will be under a magnified glass because the practices are rapid-fire and the camp is over before it even starts.”

The Giants don’t report to training camp until August and have their first preseason game August 17.

As Coughlin noted, that means the players will be on their own for roughly six weeks of preparation heading into camp.

“This is a little bit of a longer summer for them,” Coughlin said. “There’s more to be responsible for in terms of strength and conditioning in order to maintain that, what they can look forward to when they come to camp, what the meaning of this first Monday night game is to us and how it has created some accelerated situations in between some of those preseason games.”


My take.  One of the things I”m enjoying most about the OTA’s is the attendnace figures, which have been almost perfect. Everyone is at camp everyday practicing unless they have a speaking engagement or something.


I also like that this roster is very young (with the exception of a few players), but this team is a good mix of veteran and young players and they are hungry.


I also wanted to put out this quote which I think is hilarious.


I can’ t remember where I got it from (so I apologize to ever first reported it) and it’s taking out of context a bit, but here it is:


Justin Tuck and [Mathias Kiwanuka] need some rest,” said Umenyiora, who was born in London but grew up in Nigeria. “I’m from Africa; I don’t need rest. I like to chase my food where I’m from. You ever chase a gazelle before? Chase a gazelle and you’ll know running around and chasing Donovan McNabb is nothing.”




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