(Albany, NY- August 3, 2009):
A lot went down at Albany today. Here are some quick observations from the first session of training camp:
—Sinorice Moss continued his impressive offseason. On a deep pass, Moss did a quick cut to get Corey Webster to slip, broke free and caught a deep ball from David Carr for a touchdown. Moss also made some nice plays returning punts.
Good signs from the four-year pro from Miami (Fla.); hopefully he stays healthy and can breakout come September.
—Mario Manningham, Domenik Hixon and Ahmad Bradshaw also returned punts during the morning session. Like Moss, Manningham exploded for a couple nice returns.
—Hixon and Steve Smith got the most reps with the first team. Moss and Mario Manningham got on the field with the second team, and David Tyree, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden spent time with the third team.
—There was a lot of sloppiness from the quarterback position. Manning, Rhett Bomar and Andre Woodson all had problems with center-to-quarterback exchanges, resulting in numerous fumbles during the course of the session.
Bomar had two fumbles off exchanges, but the rookie from Sam Houston St. also displayed a rocket arm. He was able to get throws to covered receivers with great accuracy and power. Right now, he has the leg up on Woodson.
—The sloppy play at QB led to numerous interceptions. Kenny Phillips, the second-year man from Miami (Fla.), had a great day and picked off two passes. He expects more to come.
"We come out here and try to get better," he said after the first session. "I got two (interceptions) earlier, now I have to try and get three later."
Phillips' seems determined this training camp. His comfort level is much higher this camp than it was as a rookie last summer.
"I feel like a veteran now. My confidence level is sky high," he said. "I'm just going out there to get better and help the team in the process."
—Seventh round draft pick, Stoney Woodson, had an up-and-down day. Beaten by receiver Shaun Bodiford, Woodson recovered, dove, and made a great deflection on a deep pass from Bomar.
Later on, Woodson was beaten by receiver Derek Hagan. The rookie failed to recover this time, and Hagan caught a deep touchdown down the sideline.
The secondary features a couple late-round selections and undrafted free agents that have produced in the past (Michael Johnson, Kevin Dockery). Woodson could be another solid player in the defensive secondary; he might end up proving some valuable depth this season.
—Defensive end Justin Tuck was held out of the morning practice session on Monday. Tuck says he's healthy and that he's being held out for precautionary measures.
"I had my mindset on two-a-days... but coach knows a little more than I do," Tuck said on being held to one practice a day.