August 13, 2006 New York Giants Training Camp Report (Afternoon Practice)
by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor Marty in Albany
There must have been 2,500 fans jamming the slopes of the upper field watching the Giants practice in full pads. At the end of the practice there were tumultuous roars as the players walked down autograph alley with autograph seekers ten deep against the snow fences erected to keep fans and players apart. My thoughts were that the cheers were probably louder than the Giants deserved for their rather erratic performance on the field. I thought that there were more bad plays than good ones.
The best part of practice was that RG Chris Snee was dressed and played, as did FS Will Demps, LB Brandon Short, LB LaVar Arrington, LB Carlos Emmons, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, and TE Jeremy Shockey. Shank made a few catches including an excellent one. The pass was ill-advised because there was a defender on either side of Shank. Shank juggled the ball while caroming back and forth against the defenders like a pin-ball, but he kept his concentration and hung on. I thought it was the best play I saw today.
Wide receivers Amani Toomer, David Tyree, and Sinorice Moss did not play. Neither did OG Rich Seubert. RB Derrick Ward was not on the field.
QB Tim Hasselbeck did not participate in any of the 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills. I guess it was his turn to sit out a practice. None of the quarterbacks looked really sharp. Eli Manning looked the best, but they all got intercepted and they all made some bad throws. They even looked bad in the warm-up drills where they tried to hit un-covered receivers in stride. When the receivers (undefended mind you) ran routes where they stopped, turned and faced the quarterback, the accuracy improved considerably.
Shockey caught a few passes. TE Boo Williams caught a pass and turned to run down field with it. Shockey is so much quicker than Boo in making the pivot.
I have yet to see CB E.J. Underwood make a defensive play in camp. It is pretty much the same for WR Triandos Luke who has had passes thrown to him, but who has failed to hang on. CB R.W. McQuarters has made a lot of plays including an easy interception and run back of a Manning pass. QB Rob Johnson continues to have problems finding receivers down field and QB Jared Lorenzen continues to lack touch on certain passes.
The starting DTs are still William Joseph and Fred Robbins.
There were a lot of different combinations of defensive players this afternoon. My guess is that the Giants are installing a lot of different defensive looks that they practiced in the morning jog-through (which I did not attend) and this afternoon, the Giants were looking to see how the team looked running them closer to full speed.