July 28, 2006 New York Giants Training Camp Report (Afternoon Practice)
by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor daveab424
It was an absolute downpour for about half the practice. However, there were really only a few dropped balls and misthrown passes.
HB Chad Morton clearly has the punt return job locked up – he showed blazingly speed today and looked really smooth and comfortable even in the rain. Others competing for the punt return spot were CB R.W. McQuarters, WR Sinorice Moss, and WR Michael Jennings. All three clearly did not have a step on Morton and Jennings looks like he will have to make the squad with his receiving abilities (he was the only one to drop a punt and he dropped A LOT last year). Chad Morton’s special teams abilities also makes WR Willie Ponder expendable, and it looks he too will have to make it with his receiving skills.
Early on, before the rain, QB Eli Manning threw a nice deep ball to WR Plaxico Burress who outran Madison, and he then threw a nice one to Moss that was just out of his reach. Sinorice only had a step on R.W., so he may not be as fast as some think (maybe its the rain?). QB Rob Johnson, just like the morning practice, had a few misthrown balls, and QB Jared Lorenzen, who still is clearly not in great shape, threw a nice corner endzone pass to Jennings.
DT Damane Duckett is an absolute beast – he’s clearly the biggest player on the field. He’s currently on second-string defensive line, and yes, DT Fred Robbins is first string. Our 4th round pick, DT Barry Cofield, is also on second-string defensive line. DT Jonas Seawright is on third string.
TE Jeremy Shockey, Burress, and WR Amani Toomer all looked really good today, even with the rain. No dropped passes and Shockey had a few nice stretches. Right now, our offense is clearly outperforming out defense.
LB LaVar Arrington played for about half the practice and then was replaced by LB Reggie Torbor on first string. Our linebacker depth is really good this year – Torbor, Chase Blackburn, and Brandon Short all look they could start. FS Will Demps also had a nice deflection on one-on-one drills against Hasselbeck. He probably could have caught it. Right now, it’s obvious that our cornerbacks are our weakest position on the field. Corey Webster did not grab any attention and Sam Madison got beat and slipped (rain?) a few times. The depth is fairly good with R.W. and Curtis Deloatch though.
One more note, HB Brandon Jacobs is practicing with the second-string offense right now (Derrick Ward is third string). And WR Tim Carter also looked really good today (even with the injury?). No dropped balls and it appears like he could really give Moss a good run for that third receiver spot.