Q: Did something happen to
A: I guess he had a little tightness in the groin and they held him. I really don’t know much about it. I went over to find out, and, of course, it’s autograph day, so I really didn’t get much of a response.
Q: What happened to
A: Sash cramped.
Q: In the team drills, the offense did much better today. Would you say that’s a fair assessment?
A: We didn’t have one on ones yesterday. They did alright today. It’s just getting started. The ball went down the field pretty well in that drill and that’s something we do have to work on.
Q: How important is it for your defense to establish an identity this season and what identity do you want that to be?
A: Physical, New York Giant defense; tough, physical and hard-nosed defense. We’re not that far removed from that and hopefully we’ll get right back to it. You have to get an identity. You have to represent something. You have to be there week in and week out. You have to have that kind of consistency and you have to control the line of scrimmage. You have to stop the run first before you can rush the pass and we’re capable of both, but we’re certainly going to get tested in both areas.
Q: Sometimes the light goes on for a second-year player. Do you see that in
A: I’ve seen some good things out of Rueben. Hopefully he’ll keep it up.
Q: You guys drafted him very high.
A: He’s worthy of it and his spring was better and then he came back lighter and he looks good. He seems to be more serious, more intent. He had a lot to learn in that first year and it looks like some of the messages are getting through.
Q: You don’t talk about weight that much with receivers, but was that an issue?
A: No, not at all. But, obviously, he’s decided that he feels like he can be faster or whatever. He always came back at his assigned body weight. A little bit lighter this year.
A: No, I didn’t say it that way. I said he came back. I don’t know what I said, but his weight is good.
Q: Do you see him and
A: We’ll see. I’m sure. Sometimes we need three. We’ve had three around here before.
A: I’m not going to go into that. We were disappointed and hopefully Will is going to get his life straightened out.
Q: How have you felt the cornerbacks have been looking?
A: I’m excited to see this camp evolve in that area. We have
Q: You’ve used the word ‘consistency’ or ‘being more consistent’ repeatedly here in the beginning. That can be vague. What specifically do you mean or what specifically do you try to tell the team about …?
A: Fifty-two points, zero the next week. Just a consistent championship level of play. From all aspects.
Jeff Feagles: Coach, you ran a fake field goal. Is there any reason why you would think you have more confidence in No. 5 (
A: There are a lot of reasons, yes. He can get to the edge, maybe. He didn’t throw it as well as you did, though.
Q: How do you feel out there?
A: Good. My goal was to be out there and be with my teammates and with all the stuff … it was definitely something I was looking forward to. I’ve got to be smart about it. They have me on limited reps right now, but we’ll manage that and there’s nothing like getting back out to football and getting used to the things that you’ve done for a number of years.
Q: Between yourself and
A: I don’t think it will be a problem. Just because both of us… We’re not out there wondering what’s happening. We can still react the same way that we always have. We know the game plan. We know the offense. The biggest thing is just… It’s like riding a bicycle. Once you get going out there and doing reps again, you remember your steps, hand placements, but obviously we can always get better. So that’s one thing that we want to do is go out here and improve that. But I don’t think there will be any issue in terms of if you miss something that it’s going to be a problem.
Q: Do you think you need some preseason snaps together as an offensive line?
Q: How many will it take?
A: I don’t know that number, but that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to be out here during camp, just because you definitely want to be able to work with your teammates and make that bond. We have that, but it’s always good to be out here to help the young guys, too, and when they’re getting the reps you can teach them. It’s like an extra coach if you’re not in there. So there are always positives to being out here with your teammates. You never want to be watching from the sideline, but you do your best to be out there as much as you can.
Q: With all of the injuries and surgeries you’ve had, do you think you’ll be full-go or do you think you’ll have to manage this throughout camp and throughout the season?
A: No. I’ll be full-go, for sure, but we’re going to be smart about it and if there’s sometimes where we’ve got to cutback a little bit then that’s what we do. We want to make sure we’re ready to go this season because there are big things ahead of us and we’re really excited.
Q: How banged up were you at the end of last year?
A: I don’t really like to talk about too much just because you see a lot of other people that talk about their injuries… My big thing is basically no matter how many surgeries or injuries I have I want to come out here. You’ve got to prove it every year. So that’s my goal. That’s why I did the best I could to get back in shape and I’ve got to come out here and prove it each and every day.
Q: Did you have these procedures at the same time?
A: They were kind of spread out a little bit, but we did the majority of them at the beginning and then maybe one when we got back up here.
Q: Is there any part of your body that is totally healthy?
A: Yeah. I feel really good. I have to admit with things like that you might have your doubts, but just working with the Giants’ medical staff and doing the right things, we haven’t had any problems and I don’t intend on having any problems any more.
Q: What was the mileage with this checkup?
A: I don’t know, but it was much needed.
Q: It was a full service one?
A: I’ll just say I definitely needed it and it’s only going to help me in terms of flexibility and just being able to do normal things that I had limitations on last year. It was definitely something that needed to be done and I’m glad we did it.
Q: What was the injury last year?
A: There were a lot of them, but I won’t comment on that just because the medical staff can kind of take care of that or coach Coughlin, if he wants to specify. There was plenty enough to go around.
Q: Tom Coughlin said he was going to give us a printout.
A: Just don’t laugh. I feel like that’s the offensive line. It doesn’t matter what you’re going through. I know Snee and myself are usually or can be in the news about the injuries, but so many other players go through all of these injuries and we just want to be out there playing for each other and winning and just getting better and getting more consistent. That’s what coach Coughlin was talking about because that’s what we need in order to have a successful season this year.
Q: Chris only had the one surgery. He had the easy offseason.
A: You have to ask him about that, but those types of surgeries are not too easy to come back too quick, but he fought through a lot and that’s definitely something that we all kind of can look at each other and know that we did that for each other last year and we’re going to continue to do it in the future.
Q: Snee said that he ran harder than you even though he’s not practicing.
A: He can say whatever he wants. Until he gets back out on the field, he’s got nothing to say to anyone.