by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor Marty in Albany
Largest Crowd of Training Camp Watches Giants Prep for Jets
It looks bad when so many players are injured and not dressed for a practice, so the Giants cleverly found a way to solve this problem: NOBODY was dressed. No shells; no nothing – just helmets, shorts, and jerseys. You could not tell who was hurt and who was healthy. They were all dressed the same. Well, except for LB Zak DeOssie, who was wearing shoulder pads under his jersey. I guess he didn’t get the memo.
The Giants, in a somewhat abbreviated session, walked through various plays. There was no contact, and to paraphrase some documentaries, “no players were harmed during the filming of this practice.” I guess that was the point. They want to avoid injuries.
I’m sure that what they did in the walk-through was important, but it would be hard to describe it as entertaining for the crowd. The fans just about filled up the SUNY Albany stadium and the space between the stadium and the field. At least the stadium provided some shade and seats for them on this hot sunny day.
The practice started off with a punting drill. With a following wind P Matt Dodge can kick it out of the stadium. He still lacks consistency, but he is improving in my opinion. CB Aaron Ross, S Antrel Rolle, and WR Victor Cruz were on the receiving end of the punts. There were no run-backs. There was a fake punt (I believe it was a direct snap) and LB Chase Blackburn ran with it for a first down. It must have been a first down, because Chase gave the first down signal afterwards.
There was an on-sides kick drill and K Lawrence Tynes made two perfect on-sides kicks.
The starting lineup for the Jets game appears to be LT William Beatty, LG David Diehl, C Shaun O’Hara, RG Guy Whimper, RT Kareem McKenzie. HB Ahmad Bradshaw will probably get the first carry. About an hour into the practice, OG Chris Snee walked off the field with a trainer. Snee is and intelligent guy. I would not be surprised if he just got bored standing around and wanted to get his 300 pounds out of the hot sun.
At the end of every practice, the Giants do ten minutes of stretching using heavy elastic bands. On this day, the stretching may have been more strenuous than the practice itself.