They told me to stop complaining about the lack of juicy stories at Giants camp.
Boring is good, they say. Not if you're a football writer. Boring means you have to get off your butt and do some work. And idle hands, well, you know the rest.
In Albany there is little to write about. The players are all cordial and upbeat. The coaches say a lot of words, but at the same time, say nothing.
Usually there are holdouts, competitions for jobs, bold predictions and injuries (thanks for none of those, yet). The Giants have all their draft picks signed and in camp. No veterans are holding out, either.
The biggest contract "dispute" is the Eli Manning contract, which no one seems to want to confirm nor deny. Eli himself isn't too concerned, so that takes all the fun out of it.
If Brandon Jacobs dosen't feel like talking, then every interview is like a looping reel of blather. Jacobs is by far the team's boldest speaker. There is hardly any one else who paints outside the lines.
He took a shot at the Eagles a few weeks back, but he's had little to say since.
On the field, we know that at least 17 of the 22 starting jobs are locked up. All of the WR positions and a few LB slots are up for grabs, but the contestants for those spots seem to be interchangeable. The Giants would still be an elite team regardless of who wins those jobs.
Sure, I could harp on the young receivers, but that is being done ad naseum across the blogosphere. Bryan Kehl's 'fight' with Madison Hedgecock ended in apologies. The practices have wowed the laymen, but not the regulars. We know these guys are good.
Like I said, thank God there have been no serious injuries. When I mentioned the Giants most serious injury to date, one fan asked "Who's Michael Boley?"
So I guess boring is good. When the biggest story is how great Sinorice Moss looks in scrimmages, you know the season can't start soon enough.