Jul 272012
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New York Giants Training Camp Begins!: Giants’ players reported to training camp in Albany, New York yesterday and the first practice begins this afternoon. The training camp calendar is available in the Training Camp section of the website. Video clips of the Giants arriving at camp and player conditioning test are available at Giants.com.

Four Players Placed on the PUP: Five players did not participate in conditioning drills yesterday and four of them were placed on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. The four players are WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), DT Chris Canty (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee), and LB Clint Sintim (knee). The players can come off the PUP at any time during camp.

“There are no setbacks (with Nicks), but he just started running,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He just started running in the wading pool. He’s got all of that to go through before he can get out there. He’s been on the elliptical, so he can do some things like catching the ball, but he’s not going to be able to run.”

“It’s going to take a little while (with Canty),” said Coughlin.

LT Will Beatty (back) did not run yesterday, but he was not placed on the PUP.

“He’s going to be limited,” said Coughlin. “But he’ll be able to go. We didn’t run him. We’re going to have to be careful with him, no doubt. But he can medically start practice.”

Ken Sternfeld Promoted: Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Ken Sternfeld has been promoted to Director of Pro Personnel. Dave Gettleman, who had been the director since 1999, has moved into the new position of Senior Pro Personnel Analyst.

The pro personnel department scouts other professional teams and individual players on those teams.

“Dave has been a great mentor for myself and Kenny,” said General Manager Jerry Reese, who was Gettleman’s assistant from 1999-2001. “He is a true professional that knows the business and he has the Super Bowl rings to back it up. Kenny is well-rounded, a tireless worker and well-prepared to take over as Director of Pro Personal.”

“Dave has been a great mentor and leader to me,” Sternfeld said. “I’ve learned a lot about the game from Dave. We’ve had great success all those years. Dave has such tremendous knowledge of the game and the players in the league, and having him around will be an advantage for me and for the team to retain his knowledge.”

Gettleman will no longer travel to scout opposing teams and will focus on individual players.

“My role moving forward will be strictly player evaluation,” said Gettleman. “Once the season begins, my first responsibility will be to get all the practice squad guys (in the NFL) graded. From there we’ll start working on unrestricted free agents. It’s a little bit of a restructuring in the way the pro personnel department operates. I thought at this point in my career it was time to take a step back and re-evaluate. We’ve been very successful.”

“Kenny is ready to be the Director of Pro Personnel,” Gettleman said. “I’m excited for him in his new challenge. He knows I’ll be there for him to help him in any way I can. It’s a great opportunity for Kenny to really put his imprint on the department. And I’m very excited about this new role and what it means to the team. I’ll still be able to contribute in a big way.”

NY Post Q&A With General Manager Jerry Reese: Serby’s Special Q&A with … Jerry Reese by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Thursday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Star-Ledger Q&A With QB Eli Manning: Giants Summer Questionnaire: Quarterback Eli Manning by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the 2012 New York Giants:

Article on TE Martellus Bennett: Martellus Bennett Ready for Cowboys by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Giants’ Justin Tuck Happy His ‘Mind is in the Right Place’ to Open Training Camp by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

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