EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Pat Shurmur wants an all-business attitude in his first training camp as the Giants' head coach.
"As the coach, I'm going to try and keep the focus on playing football, keep the focus on trying to determine who our initial 53-man roster is, and keep the focus on playing Jacksonville (in the Sept. 9 season opener) and beyond," Shurmur said today, shortly before the majority of the team's veterans reported to camp. "So that's the goal, for us to keep getting better and trained up for what we hope to be a very productive season."
To help achieve that goal, Shurmur will run a fast-paced, competitive camp.
"I think what's important is that we've got to go game speed," he said. "Obviously, without the pads, there's a little less banging. The training sessions, the practices, will look a lot like they do in the spring. Once you put the pads on, though, we still don't go to the ground and we're smart about what we do. It's just a little bit more intense for the guys in the front seven and a little bit more competitive on the edges, because now we can bump and run and cover in a much more tight fashion. We're just going to play football - make it look like football."
*The second, third and fourth questions Shurmur fielded at his camp-opening news conference were about Odell Beckham, Jr., the electrifying receiver who played just four games last season because of ankle injuries. OBJ did not participate in team drills during the OTAs and June minicamp.
"I anticipate he'll be here and ready to go," Shurmur said. "As we go forward, he's coming back from injury and so we're going to continue to be smart about how much we give him starting out."
Shurmur said he has "no reservation" about allowing Beckham to participate in live contact drills. "But again, as I mentioned, we're going to continue to be smart with his training," Shurmur said.
"We feel like he's on track and, again, with all players coming back from injury, we just have to be smart with how much we give him going forward. It's all about football and it's all about our guys being ready to play Jacksonville and beyond. As we go through this process here, we'll give him what he needs."
Another player coming off injury is two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, who twice underwent surgery to repair a fractured forearm.
"He did some stuff in the spring and we anticipate he'll be ready to go and, again, we'll be smart with him as well," Shurmur said.
*Tom Quinn, the Giants' special teams coordinator the previous 11 seasons, has returned to assist new coordinator Thomas McGaughey and assistant Anthony Blevins.
"Tom was in town and available and is back assisting us," Shurmur said. "T-Mac (McGaughey) had some health issues, so Tom is here to assist in any way possible. Outstanding coach and was in town, so he's here. So T-Mac is running things and will have two assistants."
*Shurmur on his springtime impressions of running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants' first-round draft choice:
"Well, he's very smart," Shurmur said. "He gets it in a lot of ways, and I think that's a great place to start. He's super talented, and the third part that's stuck out to me is that he embraces work. The mind is always looking for a way out and he doesn't. He's here, he's working, he's training on all the things we can train on in the sessions. Now it's going to get a little bit more physical, and I assume he'll embrace that as well."
*Rookie cornerback Sam Beal, who was chosen on the third round of the supplemental draft two weeks ago, aggravated a shoulder condition during practice on Monday.
*The Giants are scheduled to hold the first public practice of camp tomorrow. But weather forecasts suggest there is a good chance that the practice will be moved indoors, which would make it closed to the public. Once the team makes that determination, it will send out a notification and also post on Giants.com. Please check Giants.com for the latest information regarding training camp and potential closures due to weather.
Giants players arrive for Day 1 of 2018 Training Camp