by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor Marty in Albany
Corey Webster Make Outstanding Interception
The Giants were playing is shells and shorts again this morning. My guess is that they won’t be wearing full pads until tomorrow evening’s practice, or maybe Wednesday. In any case, there was plenty to see on this perfect morning for watching practice.
Finally, the offense and the defense lined up against each other. Corey Webster took this opportunity to make a leaping one-handed interception of a slightly under-thrown sideline pass by QB Eli Manning that was intended for WR Mario Manningham. Corey caught the ball then turned and scampered away with the purloined pigskin to the delight of both the hooting defensive players and the assembled fans.
It was interesting to see Adam Koets starting at center in place of Shaun O’Hara. Adam had a false start, I think, and is clearly still in the journeyman stage at this position. I believe that OG Rich Seubert also got to make some center snaps.
I am pleased to report that our running backs all seem to be healthy. Brandon Jacobs caught the pass that was thrown to him and he seemed to be running with speed and power. On one run up the left sideline, after about twenty or twenty-five yards, he made a nice cut to his right to avoid a defensive back.
HB Ahmad Bradshaw also had an opportunity to shine. His number was called five or six times and he ran with power. On one run he must have cut five different times. My only question is whether he has regained his full speed.
It looks like both HB Andre Brown and HB Danny Ware are at full speed. They each caught a pass and they ran well. I was surprised and delighted to see Andre Brown run and cut as if he had never ruptured his Achilles tendon.
HB Gartrell Johnson, was apparently stung by yesterday’s “rigor mortis” comment by Coach Coughlin. He ran hard. On his first carry he did not stop at the 40 but ran an additional 60 yards down to the goal line.
QB Eli Manning looks to be very much in command of his throws. His passes are accurate and in rhythm. He has not attempted any bombs, but none of the QBs have.
QB Jim Sorgi and QB Rhett Bomar have also made some fine completions. It is very early in camp, but so far it looks like the difference between Sorgi and Bomar is that Bomar is slower to pick up his receivers.
There were some nice receptions made this morning. One of the best was a fine sliding catch by WR Ramses Barden on a low throw from QB Jim Sorgi in the 11 on 11s. Barden always impresses me. He is a big tall man, but is never awkward making a catch, or out of control running his patterns.
Two plays later, WR Sinorice Moss made a fine leaping catch of a Sorgi pass. I tend to think that Barden would caught that pass without having to leap for it. Also in the 11 on 11s, TE Bear Pascoe made an impressive diving catch of a QB Rhett Bomar pass.
On defense, some Johnsons were winners and other Johnsons were losers. CB Bruce Johnson made a fine play to knock down a Jim Sorgi pass intended for WR Tim Brown. CB D.J. Johnson seemed to have trouble picking up passes before they arrived and he allowed at least three completions. On one occasion, his failure to pick up the ball in flight cost him (in my opinion) an easy interception.
WR Duke Calhoun has got game. He is a big guy at 6-4 and I was impressed by the two catches that he made and with his speed.
There was more punt receiving with WR Sinorice Moss, CB Aaron Ross, S Antrel Rolle, and WR Adam Jennings catching the punts from the jugs gun. While this was going on, the defensive linemen were working on blocking techniques for punts. The coach singled out DE Jason Pierre-Paul for doing a good job in the drill.
There was also a defensive “turn and go” drill where the defensive linemen and linebackers had to do some change of direction running. None of the players appeared to be slower than the rest of the squad. I think that is a good sign.
Not only are S Antrel Rolle and S Deon Grant the starting safeties, but Rolle, and to a lesser extent Grant, are used by Coach Merritt to demonstrate the proper techniques to be used in the defensive drills. Rolle also made a good play to stop a reverse (I think) in the offensive backfield in the 11 on 11s.
Have I mentioned that DT Chris Canty is a monster?