Albany, NY—The Giants put on upper-body pads for the first time Thursday morning. Here's what went down:
- Justin Tuck got into the backfield on the first play of 11-on-11 drills and set the tone for what was a strong practice from the defense.
The defensive line was especially strong. The unit stretched the line on outside runs, got into the backfield on number occasions, and somewhat manhandled the offensive line. There weren't too many runs that would have gone for more than three yards.
- Pressure on the quarterback was frequent. There were at least five plays in which the quarterback taking snaps would have been sacked for sure. This is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending how you look at it.
- You think the Giants can't afford an injury to Eli? Forget it; if Shaun O'Hara misses time, the Giants are screwed at the center position. There were two more fumbled botched snaps in this morning's practice. Many more snaps were not clean.
One thing is certain; Adam Koets is making it easy for the coaches to cut him.
- Much better performances from the backup quarterbacks. No interceptions were thrown, and David Carr completed more passes than not. Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar also limited their mistakes.
- Danny Ware had a very solid day running the ball. The former Georgia Bulldog displayed good field vision, made some great cuts, and exploded through holes when he found them.
Rookie Andrew Brown also had a couple solid runs.
Despite losing Derrick Ward, the Giants running back corp looks to be just as deep as last year.
-"Mr. August", Sinorice Moss, continues his spectacular play this training camp. He made a couple solid grabs during the session, including a deep reception on a nice Eli Manning throw.
The Giants have run many reverses with Moss this training camp; I'd expect to see it during the regular season.
- Hakeem Nicks had his number called often during the session and was relatively successful. He had a couple steps on cornerback Stoney Woodson on a nice post route, but was overthrown by Andre Woodson. He made a couple grabs down the middle before dropping a pass in the middle of the end zone.
Barden also had a solid practice. He displayed some ability to get off the line—which was a concern—and caught the ball in traffic.
-Antonio Pierce was quite vocal during the practice; he seems to be a refreshed player. Whether it was getting the other linebackers hyped or intimidating the offense, Pierce was all over the place. It was nice to see.