CB Prince Amukamara Agrees to Terms with Giants: According to press reports, Giants’ CB Prince Amukamara has agreed to contract terms with the Giants. Amukamara, who the Giants drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, is the last of the draft picks around the NFL to sign. The contract is reportedly a 4-year, $8.18 million deal.
The Latest Crap from Umenyiora: Osi Umenyiora Sits Out Practice Again, Tells New York Giants He Might Need Knee Surgery by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News
Giants Re-Sign DT Rocky Bernard; Waive DT Martin Parker: The Giants officially re-signed DT Rocky Bernard yesterday and waived/injured DT Martin Parker. Bernard was released by the Giants last week when he and the Giants could not agree on a re-structured contract. Parker was an undrafted rookie free agent.
Training Camp Practice Reports: Practices continue at Giants Training Camp at the Timex Performance Center outside the New Meadowlands Stadium. The camp schedule and BBI fan reports are available in the Training Camp section of the website. In addition, check out the following:
Due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), players who recently signed or re-structured contracts could not practice until last night. So the following players practiced for the first time last night for the Giants: QB David Carr, HB Ahmad Bradshaw, HB Brandon Jacobs, HB Andre Brown, WR Michael Clayton, TE Ben Patrick, TE/FB Bear Pascoe, OC David Baas, OC Chris White, OT Stacy Andrews, OT Jamon Meredith, OG Kevin Boothe, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, DT Gabe Watson, and P Steve Weatherford.
Injury Report – CB Bruce Johnson Done for the Season: CB Bruce Johnson ruptured his Achilles tendon at practice last night and is done for the season.
Wide receivers Domenik Hixon (knee) and Devin Thomas (ankle) did not practice.
Both WR Ramses Barden (ankle) and OC Adam Koets (knee) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.
Coach Media Q&As: The transcripts and video of yesterday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
- Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty (Video)
- Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn (Video)
Player Media Q&As: The transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:
- HB Ahmad Bradshaw (Video)
- TE/H-Back Travis Beckum (Video)
- OC David Baas (Video)
- RT Kareem McKenzie (Video)
- OT Stacy Andrews (Video)
- S Antrel Rolle (Video)
Article on HB Ahmad Bradshaw: Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw Says He’s Happy to Be Here Despite Free-Agency Drama by Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger
Article on TE/H-Back Travis Beckum: Giants’ Travis Beckum Gets and Gives Crash Course on Tight Ends by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger
Article on the Giants’ Offensive Line: Chemistry Experiment by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
Quotes: Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn on defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin: “So far, outstanding. Linval’s in very good shape. Not having the OTA’s is a big concern for a guy like him. He seems to have worked on the things that we talked about before he left. He made some improvements – much more suddenness, good quickness coming off the ball. With his size and strength, he’s got a real chance. We’ll see when the pads come on and once he gets started in a preseason game. Marvin is showing the explosiveness that you saw as a junior, a very explosive player. Technique-wise he’s a long way away. That’s obvious that it was going to be that way because he missed all the OTA’s and all the offseason training. Right now we’re sitting in a pretty good situation with the young guys.”
Nunn on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: “This kid is talented. He’s a very unique player. I’ve been around the league 12 years and I have not coached one that he compares to. He’s kind of his own guy – how strong he is and how talented and how much range he has. We’ve got a long way to go to get the technique that he needs to have to reach that potential. I can’t say anything else about him. He’s always wanting to do what you ask him to. If he continues to do that, things are going to work out for him.”
Head Coach Tom Coughlin on TE/H-Back Travis Beckum: “He had a couple of nice blocks down in the green zone (Wednesday) night that were pretty physical. He has a special skill set and certainly we’d like to take full advantage of that skill set. He’s always been a guy that’s been on special teams, a personnel combination kind of a player that you used accordingly. We’ve brought him inside to the fullback position this fall, we’ve put him on the edge and done that with him and then we’ve lined him up at the point. You certainly don’t want to do that all the time and run the power or whatever right at him but he can do it.”