by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor Marty in Albany
Tynes Delivers the Goods
I am pleased to announce that the Giants got through their first five practices in threatening, but dry weather. However, I returned home to a drenching rain. I am also pleased to announce that CB Corey Webster returned to practice apparently no worse for wear.
After teasing us at the morning practice by appearing in a kick off return drill, K Lawrence Tynes returned to the field this afternoon to show us that he can kick field goals, too. By my count he skewered the uprights from distances of 20, 28, 28, 32, 34, 34, 40, and 47. No misses. He kicked from both the left and right hash marks.
There was a quartering wind of about 15mph, which aided his distance, but also strongly pushed the ball to his left. Combine this with the retirement of his trusty holder Jeff Feagles, (now replaced by rookie punter Matt Dodge) and Dodge’s lack of work with long snapper Zak DeOssie and suddenly the “no misses” takes on greater significance. Granted some of the longer kicks were not pretty. One of them actually spun horizontally instead of vertically, but a score is a score. There is no bonus for style points when you kick field goals.
The wind that I mentioned must have been a factor in the poor completion results that I saw in the one on one drill. Perhaps it was also a carryover of defensive enthusiasm from this morning’s practice, but QB Eli Manning could not buy a completion. With no rush on the QB, a one on one drill should be a cakewalk for any receiver. Not today. TE Kevin Boss was the worst offender. The ball was thrown to him at least five times. None were caught. Some of them were uncatchable. Boss also fell down a lot. He never looked like he and Eli were in sync. If any receiver on the Giants ought to be in sync with Eli Manning it is the 6-7 Boss.
S Sha’reff Rashad made a fine pass defense in the one on ones.
Eli had no better luck throwing to WR Hakeem Nicks. Eli completed a well executed fifteen yard out pattern to a diving Nicks right in front of me. Nicks was covered by CB Terrell Thomas and it was obvious that Terrell was not pleased. On the next play Eli tried to twist the knife in a little deeper. He sent Nicks deep down the left side of the field on a fly pattern, but Thomas stepped in front of Nicks and made a fine “in your face Eli” interception of the pass.
Later, in the 7 on 7s, Thomas and S Deon Grant were all over Nicks defensing a deep pass from Eli Manning. Then, Thomas defensed a QB Rhett Bomar pass to WR Duke Calhoun. Thomas went on to victimize WR Victor Cruz on a short over the middle pass from Bomar. Bomar did complete a nice right side line pass to Nicks.
Terrell’s heroics must have stirred the competitive instincts of CB Aaron Ross, because on the next play Ross tapped a Bomar pass up into the air and then made a diving, sliding interception of it. It was a tour de force of a CB’s skills.
For those still interested, OG Rich Seubert did some more work at center, but also played at LG with the starters. There was also a line up of Beatty, Diehl, and Seubert at LT, LG and C, respectively with Eli Manning and the rest of the starters.
WR Sinorice Moss continued to make catches. TE Jake Ballard dropped a pass he should have caught.
Lineman alert: DT Chris Canty slapped a Manning pass into the air at the line of scrimmage. It fell incomplete. I did not really see who made the block, but I saw Canty take credit for it, so I guess it was him.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, playing on the left side made a nifty lateral move to his right to slice into the backfield in the 11 on 11s. DE Osi Umenyiora got around end so fast he was already ten yards past Eli before Eli finally decided that throwing the ball would just be a sham, so he ended the play.