Another OTA Media Day: The Giants held their sixth Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice yesterday, and their second OTA open to the media. The Giants will hold six more OTAs, including two more OTA media days.
Injury Update: DE Osi Umenyiora (hip) did not practice yesterday. Umenyiora originally tore his hip flexor during the 2006 season and the old injury causes him problems from time to time.
Also not practicing yesterday were WR Hakeem Nicks (offseason toe and wrist surgery), HB Ahmad Bradshaw (offseason feet and ankle surgery), TE Kevin Boss (offseason ankle surgery), OG/OC Kevin Boothe (offseason pectoral surgery), S Kenny Phillips (still recovering from knee surgery), and S Michael Johnson (quad). DT Barry Cofield was absent because his wife is about to give birth.
DT Rocky Bernard revealed yesterday that he played with a partially-torn rotator cuff in his shoulder last season. Bernard said he suffered the injury in May. After the season, surgery was performed on the shoulder. “You never want to use injuries as an excuse,” said Bernard. “But when you have such a tough injury like that, it’s one of those things where you can play through it, but you know you’re not going to be the same. Hopefully people won’t use it against me.”
“Every play I just felt something like a sting or something pulling on every play,” said Bernard. “It was pretty bad. Obviously the production wasn’t there while I tried to play with it…(Now after surgery) it’ll be as good as I can get it. I feel I’ll be back to doing a lot of the things I was doing in Seattle. There were a lot of expectations when I came over here, so I definitely want to live up to those expectations.”
Media Q&As from Thursday’s OTA Practice: Media Q&A’s with the following players after the Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice on Thursday are available at Giants.com:
Thursday OTA Reports: The following are some brief media reports from Thursday’s OTA practice:
Article on Quarterbacks Coach Mike Sullivan: New Challenges by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
Article on DE Osi Umenyiora: Giants Expect Big Things From Osi by George Willis of The New York Post
Article on WR Ramses Barden: Ramses Barden Looks To Make Huge Improvement In Second Year by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger
Article on H-Back Travis Beckum: Giants’ Travis Beckum Hoping For More Opportunities On Game Day This Season by Michael Garfolo of The Star-Ledger
Notes and Quotes: Jarvis Williams, who played safety for the Giants in the 1994 season after a 6-year stint with the Dolphins, passed away on Tuesday. The cause of death was an acute asthma attack. Williams was 45 years old.
Jonathan Goff was the first-team middle linebacker during practice yesterday; rookie Phillip Dillard was on the second team.
Guy Whimper received half of the first-team practice reps at left guard yesterday, along with Rich Seubert. “This is the first time (Whimper) has gotten a chance to be a guard,” said Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty. “You want to have dual positions for everybody. Last year or the year before, David Diehl even took some snaps at the center-quarterback exchange, because Shaun (O’Hara), Chris (Snee) and Richie (Seubert) all had something. Something was wrong with Kevin Boothe, too, so there wasn’t anybody else. For Guy Whimper to be exclusively a tackle, that doesn’t help us. He’s got to get some work at guard. He’s handled the offseason very well. He’s gotten stronger and bigger. But I’m not a big believer in making a lot of judgments in shorts. I want to see them in pads and how they hold up day-to-day when we start hitting and banging. That’s when we’re really going to make our decisions.”
Wide Receivers Coach Sean Ryan on the wide receivers corps: “They standout in different ways. A guy may stand out in terms of, ‘boy, this guy just comes to work in a professional manner every day.’ Another guy, speed and quickness may stand out. I look at the work ethic of a Steve Smith, who is out there after practice. The professionalism of a Domenik Hixon stands out. The speed and quickness that Manningham is showing on the field. Ramses Barden has had a good start. Sinorice Moss, the way he comes to work, he can provide you with flexibility of coming in at every position. (Derek) Hagan will run for days. Each of them stands out.”
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