The New York Giants will hold their 2014 training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford for the second consecutive year and third in the last four seasons.
Here are five benefits and differences from holding camp at the location they call home during the season.
1. Resources available. Under the current collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011, teams are allowed to hold one practice per day in training camp, as opposed to old two-a-days. Teams are allowed to conduct a walkthrough in addition to the one practice now, but the rule puts a premium on each and every practice, making it essential to the operation to have all resources (medical, video, administrative, etc.) available on location. This is the overarching reason why the Giants now hold training camp at their facility.
2. Indoor practices. Because each practice is so valuable, weather is the last thing head coach Tom Coughlin wants to limit a day’s worth of learning in practice. But now he has a field house with a full-size practice field to escape poor conditions, whereas Albany was not equipped. Coughlin talked about the issue during last year’s camp. “It was a big factor,” he said of having an indoor facility. “No doubt about it. However, it was one of the factors. That shouldn’t be used in any kind of a way against the University at Albany. Mayor [Jerry] Jennings told me that if that was the case, they’d find a way to have one of these facilities there. The fact that the CBA and the way it’s conducted today and the fact there’s only one practice, that had an awful lot to do with it.”
3. Travel. In between training camp are preseason games, with at least one coming on the road. The facility serves as a better launching pad for those games in addition to cutting down on travel back to East Rutherford for home games.
4. Seamless transition. Players and coaches spend as much time in the facility as they do in their own homes during the season. Having training camp there allows them to settle into their surroundings and focus on the task at hand, which is especially pertinent this season given all the new faces. Coughlin preaches routine, and this way there are no surprises when the final roster quickly switches gears to the regular season.
5. No more racquet. Last but certainly not least, the Giants Entertainment crew doesn’t have to lug equipment to makeshift production rooms, which were typically set up in the racquetball courts on the Albany campus. Instead, we’ll be bringing you coverage from the comfort of our studios at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. So stay tuned toGiants.com.