August 20, 2006 New York Giants Training Camp Report (Evening Practice)
by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor Marty in Albany
I was not at the morning practice, but based on the number of reps that the quarterbacks got, Rob Johnson is still the number 4 quarterback. None of the quarterbacks looked especially great or attempted a lot of deep passes. Eli Manning ended the practice with a nice pass that he floated over the head of CB Curtis Deloatch into the outstretched hands of WR Plaxico Burress for a TD at the end zone drill. In that same drill, I believe that QB Jared Lorenzen connected with TE Wade Fletcher, who made a diving, tumbling catch. I do not see how Fletcher will NOT be the number three tight end. QB Tim Hasselbeck had a fairly deep pass caught by WR Michael Jennings and frankly, there were a lot of missed passes by everyone.
The Giants were in full pads on the lower practice fields, which have limited sight lines for the hoi polloi like me. Tight ends Jeremy Shockey and Visanthe Shiancoe did not practice, but David Tyree did practice. Offensive tackles Luke Petitgout and Kareem McKenzie did not practice, nor did OC Shaun O’Hara. A Giants assistant told me that Kareem “didn’t feel good.” Others who did not practice: WR Sinorice Moss, LB Carlos Emmons, and OG Rich Seubert. Reports of OT Troy Reddick’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. He practiced. The Giants offensive line is battered with three of the starters out as well as Shockey and Shank.
DT Barry Cofield saw some work with the first team next to DT William Joseph. Cornerbacks Frank Walker and E.J. Underwood also saw some action with the first team. So far as I could tell they did not make any plays.
I watched some of the one-on-one defensive linemen versus offensive linemen drills. Big OT Bob Whitfield held his own against DE Mathias Kiwanuka without much trouble. So far as I could tell, the offensive linemen pretty much held the defensive players to a draw. I did not see either Mike Strahan or Osi Umenyiora in this drill. I don’t think we need to.
Jeff Feagles was taking snaps from LS Ryan Kuehl and kicking punts to RB Chad Morton down the sideline. I watched three punts in a row sail off Feagles foot that Chad did not have to move more than one step to catch. That is accuracy. During the punting drill, CB R.W. McQuarters muffed a punt. Perhaps it was too close to the fence. He caught the next two.
Although not wearing shoulder pads, Rich Seubert was snapping the ball along with offensive linemen Matt Lentz, Todd Londot, and Na’Shan Goddard.
Jared Lorenzen has a habit of spinning the football on his finger, somewhat like you spin a basketball. The points of the ball are horizontal to the ground. I think it relaxes him. It is not an attempt to show off.