With both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz not present at OTAs, the Giants have been getting a good look at their other receivers. Tom Coughlin has praised both Rueben Randle and Louis Murphy along with Brandon Collins. Ramses Barden is back and has made some plays. Jerrel Jernigan has been handling the slot in Cruz’ place, but his day was cut short by a hamstring. Life goes on.
QB Eli Manning took the high road when asked at what point he would like to have his top receivers back in the fold:
“It’s a tough situation. You always want everybody there and you want them back here for practice as soon as possible. I’m not going to say this is not an important time because I think it is, but it’s kind of a tough situation because what we’re doing is important. The guys who are here are working and we’re working hard and we’re competing and we’re trying to get better every day and that’s going to help us down the road.”
GEICO SportsNite has coverage from the Giants camp, including Tom Coughlin and players reacting to Hakeem Nicks’ absence.
The Giants will have one more OTA session today and then close out the voluntary offseason program with five consecutive days of workouts next week. Mandatory minicamp will be held from June 11-13.
The Giants “retitled” Director of College Scouting Marc Ross, naming him Vice President of Player Evaluation.
“Marc has done an outstanding job of running our college scouting and the draft, and we wanted to give him a title that reflected that,” said Giants general manager Jerry Reese in a release from the team. “He will continue to do that, but I also want him to work on some special projects in pro personnel along with pro personnel director Ken Sternfeld.”
Ross has been in the Giants’ front office since 2007 and has been running the draft board since 2008.
Although the Giants feel comfortable with Bear Pascoe at FB and Henry Hynoski’s recovery timetable, they are still taking no chances. They worked out two veteran FBs this week: Mike Cox, who played three seasons in KC and two in Atlanta, and Syracuse alum Tony Fiammetta, a former Panther, Cowboy and Patriot.