August 6, 2006 New York Giants Training Camp Report (Morning Practice)

by Contributor Zach in Binghamton

Headline news – LB LaVar looks OK to me. He didn’t run any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills. Reggie Torbor took first team reps at strongside linebacker and Brandon Short was at weakside linebacker. I arrived at practice half way through, but Arrington was standing around on the sideline dressed in his shell and had his helmet with him. He was walking fine in autograph alley and laughing/joking around with fans. I yelled out, “Hey Mr. Nickels” and he pointed over. He even jogged away after signing a bunch. I will see if he goes in the evening practice.

Anyway tough to tell much in two-hand touch drills and I missed the individual stuff, but here are some quick thoughts from the passing in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 that I saw (the only thing you can tell from the running plays is that our team looks good playing patty cake).

QB Eli Manning looks good and throws a very catchable ball. WR Amani Toomer, who is having a super camp, made a sweet 35-yard TD catch (post or seam route) from Eli. CB Corey Webster and FS Will Demps had a conversation after that touchdown, very friendly, trying to work out the kinks.

Toomer beat Webster 2-3 times (another was a short out route). Webster had good coverage, but Toomer makes a move to separate right before the ball arrives.

WR Anthony Mix is huge and had two nice catches.

TE Boo Williams made a nice touchdown of about 20 yards when he split the linebacker and safety.

WR Tim Carter made a solid touchdown grab on a post from 35 yards.

First-team dime defense includes S James Butler and CB R.W. McQuarters in for the strongside linebacker and weakside linebacker. Pierce is in the middle, R.W. on the slot, SS Gibril Wilson drops down in the box, and Butler and Demps lineup two deep.

One time, in the dime defense, pre-snap, DE Osi Umenyiora was standing next to Pierce like an inside linebacker, but Osi shifted down to three-point stance at right defensive end for the snap. Once in the dime defense, Pierce got down in a cocked nose tackle position right over center (three-point stance and all), but dropped at the snap to middle-linebacker depth. We could get a cheap interception off that look.

Another time, DE Mathias Kiwanuka played linebacker on a nickel sub package and dropped into the middle-linebacker zone. He looked OK, but the pass went elsewhere.

Kiwanuka was running third-string left defensive end the rest of the time.

Butler jumped a route and had six points but the pass from QB Jared Lorenzen was so late he couldn’t catch it in stride and it tipped off his fingers.

I didn’t see any quarterback challenge CB Sam Madison.

Gibril was active and tipped away a pass from Eli in traffic.

One bad thing, and I hate to generalize from one practice, but QB Rob Johnson refuses to throw the (bleeping) football. He was “sacked” two times after he looked and looked and then took off scrambling. I hope he doesn’t make it. He looks so bad I think he couldn’t touch Lorenzen for third string, and I think Hasselbeck has the second spot locked up. Tim looks smooth and his passes come out on time, not as much zip as Eli though. I am sorry but I know a bunch of Bills fans who swear Rob Johnson wants eight seconds to throw each pass. When he releases it, then he is OK but he looks gun-shy.

Other than that I am having so much fun at camp. I am going to stick around for the evening practice, then drive home. I will pay more attention to linemen when the hitting starts.