The New York Giants began their mandatory mini camp this morning. Coach Coughlin did an interview (the video can be seen on Giants.com) with reporters a little while ago and seemed very calm and cool. He mentioned what a beautiful day it was (75 degrees, sunny, little humidity) for football and even joked around with one of the reporters. I am glad that was captured on film. The veterans and rookies will be playing together and getting aquatinted. This is a great time of year for Giants fans and things will begin to happen more quickly now that we are closing in on July. Training camp in Albany is only 6 weeks away now.
The afternoon practice will begin at 2:50 PM EST (come back for updates on the afternoon practice) and it is open to the public. We mentioned how to get free tickets in one of our previous articles. They are expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 fans to show up. Coughlin also mentioned that he hopes the fans know that the team will not be wearing pads today. He wants the fans to have a good experience and thinks the fans will fire up the players a little bit.
Let’s take a look at some of the fine points Coach Coughlin mentioned during his interview and overview of the morning practice.
– DT Jay Alford sat out of practice today because he tweaked his MCL last week. They say he will be fine.
– S Kenny Phillips was brought up again and there was nothing new to report. He is working hard and making progress.
– S Antrel Rolle received a lot of praise from Coughlin. Coughlin said he loves his “good energy” and his aggressive play on the field.
– LB Clint Sintim is labeled as a guy whom Coughlin has “big expectations” for this year. Sintim agrees.
– Former Giants punter Jeff Feagles was at the practice this morning working with new punters, Matt Dodge and Jy Bond.
– RB Andre Brown seems to be performing well on the field. Brown had season ending surgery last year and has yet to play in an NFL game.
– DE Osi Umenyiora is working his way back into the groove and hopes to put 2009 behind him.
– The players are responding well to new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Fewell is energetic and extremely vocal on the practice field.
Are you excited about the mandatory practices starting today?
RD – nygreporter.com