Giants Training Camp Report: Coughlin, Team Ready To Take Field
(Albany, NY- Sunday, Aug. 02, 2009)—Giants head coach Tom Coughlin encountered a heavy rain storm on Friday during his drive to Albany. From Kingston to Catskill, visibility was limited and rain was heavy.
Coughlin was entering the wetlands of Albany, New York, where rain has been a frequent occurrence during the summer months.
The Giants moved in to Freedom Quad—where the players will reside during the course of training camp—on the University of Albany campus during an overcast Sunday morning.
Scheduled to take part in a conditioning test outdoors, the team was forced inside due to a light rain and unfavorable field conditions. Players took part in a warm-up routine during a brief workout inside the campus' basketball arena.
The day concluded with the team's first meeting at 2:30 p.m.
But the rain did not dampen Coughlin's attitude; he's ready to see his team get on the field and work towards rebounding from last year's NFC Divisional Playoff loss to Philadelphia.
"Our players are disappointed in the way things finished last year," Coughlin said in a press conference on Sunday. "They're eager to start back on the field again. We know that it's a long grind and we have to take full advantage of every opportunity we have."
For the players, the start of training camp helps get their minds off of a recent off-field distraction.
With the news that linebacker Antonio Pierce could be facing criminal charges, the team has had to, once again, field questions on serious matters that don't involve the football field.
But according to Coughlin, the team, including Pierce, is focusing its collective mindset towards the football field.
"(Pierce) has been very serious about the way in which he's tried to go about getting this manner cleared," he said. "It's a new year, we're anxious to get started. We have a team that's has been very mature in the way in which they've handled situations like this... We are going to focus on this upcoming season and hope for the best of this."
Training camp practices start on Monday at 8:35 p.m.
News & Notes
Coughlin announced that three players were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Newcomers Michael Boley (hip) and Rocky Bernard (hamstring), along with Fred Robbins (knee), will start training camp on PUP. The three players can return at any time.
Boley and Robbins, who are recovering from surgeries, were expected to be placed on PUP.
Bernard, the former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle, who signed a four-year deal with the Giants, was expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
According to Coughlin, Bernard was affected by both hamstring and shoulder injuries during minicamp in June. Bernard's shoulder has healed, but his hamstring is still bothersome.
Once healthy, all three players will be able to start training, but no timetables were released.
Though Robbins and Bernard are out, another defensive tackle will return to the field.
Barry Cofield, who had offseason knee surgery, is good to go and expects to start practice tomorrow. Cofield, who totaled 43 tackles and three sacks in 15 games last season, was held out of minicamp workouts in June.
Coughlin did not specify whether Cofield would be limited to one practice session per day.
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