July 30, 2008 New York Giants Training Camp Reports: To see the latest BBI training camp reports, please visit the Training Camp section of the website.
Giants’ Beat Writer Practice Reports: The following are brief practice reports provided by the NY/NJ beat writers who cover the Giants:
Injury Report: Not practicing yesterday were WR Steve Smith (groin), WR Plaxico Burress (ankle), OT Adam Koets (dizziness), LB Gerris Wilkinson (knee – PUP), and WR David Tyree (knee – PUP).
“That’s day to day or practice to practice,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin of Smith.
Speaking of Wilkinson, Coughlin said, “I think he is subject to being reevaluated perhaps next week. We will see where he is. He’s doing a little bit more on the side.”
WR Amani Toomer (leg) returned to practice.
OL Jonathan Palmer (quad) passed his physical and was activated from the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. He practiced.
DE Osi Umenyiora (hip), CB Sam Madison (sports hernia), DT Jay Alford (unknown), LB Zak DeOssie (back), and Craig Dahl (knee) did not practice in the morning, but practiced in the evening. DE/DT Justin Tuck (sore foot), LB Danny Clark (sports hernia), and WR Mario Manningham (quad) practiced in the morning, but not in the evening.
Giants Re-Sign S Craig Dahl: As speculated, the Giants have signed S Craig Dahl, who was released by the team in February. Dahl suffered a torn ACL in his knee in the 2007 regular-season finale and will be limited at practice as he continues to rehab.
“We have been monitoring his progress all along,” said Coughlin. “We brought him in last weekend and we had a workout. He is in excellent shape and he demonstrated that he is ready. He is a guy who has been in our system for a year, a good special teams player and a good player for us and we had the opportunity to bring him back.”
When Coughlin was asked what he liked about Dahl, he responded, “His athleticism, he has size and speed for a safety. He had a great attitude about working on special teams and he just worked himself into a spot. He was just like all rookies, he was big eyed, but he grew into it a little bit.”
“In my mind, I always thought I would be ready for camp,” Dahl said. “(The Giants) took the precautionary measure to release me and didn’t know if I was going to be back. They weren’t expecting me to be back, but deep down inside I had the burning desire to be back and be playing football again (this) fall…I had weighed other options with my agent. But this feels like home to me.”
S Terrance Stringer Waived: As speculated, S Terrance Stringer (hamstring) was waived/injured by the Giants.
Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Shines in New Light by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
Article on DE Osi Umenyiora: Osi Umenyiora’s Visit to Iraq and Afghanistan is Unforgettable by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News
Quotes: HB Brandon Jacobs on DT Fred Robbins: “He’s shown a lot of improvement from last year to this year. He’s really looking good in there. He didn’t have a bad year last year, but this year should be better than last year. I think Fred has definitely come around and done really well this camp. It makes me feel good because if our guys are having problems with Fred, I know everyone else will, too.”