The locker room at TPC was open today, officially beginning the season for the Giants beat reporter pool. Players new and old gathered at the voluntary workouts. Several were made available to the media, such as WR Hakeem Nicks, who had his 2012 season disrupted by foot and knee ailments.
“No, I don’t thinks so. My foot has been fine for a while. I think my main issue last year was mainly the knee, but I think that’s fine now. We’re going to keep on taking things the way we are now and making sure there won’t be any setbacks,” Nicks said when asked if there was anything going forward with the foot or the knee that may prevent him from playing at 100% this season.
“My body is feeling good. I still have a lot of time to still monitor and take care of it, so that’s what I’m doing now getting back in the groove of things.” Asked if he was on schedule for the next phase of the condition program, Nicks said he was taking a longterm view on things.
“I’m looking at the bigger picture right now. My goal is to be full go by training camp. So this time that I have now I’m using to get myself back in football shape and football conditioning because it’s been a while. That’s all I’m doing right now.”
Veteran guard Chris Snee said he “feels fine” and has been working out after undergoing hip surgery this offseason but he’s still has a way to go:
“I can’t do everything, but I’m doing enough where I’m sweating and just being in there with the guys is a good feeling and it all points to one goal. It’s exciting. The first day is like the first day of school. Everyone is excited to be here and we all have the same goal in mind.”
Snee feels confident he will be ready for training camp. He is known for his dedication and reliability, missing only one game since 2005.
“You know me. I’ll be out there,” he stated. “That’s not a concern with me. I’m just concerned with the overall body strength and health and at this point I feel really good. I’m very pleased with how the surgery went. I think Dr. (Bryan) Kelly did a great job and our medical staff here has done a great job with getting me through this one.”
Snee is a graduate of Boston College and was asked his thoughts on the terrorist attacks this week at the Boston Marathon:
“It’s just sad. It’s a shame that we have to worry about events like this happening on a day in Boston with such tradition and such meaning. I watched the Bruins game last night and almost came to tears with the pre-game ceremony. That city will rally and everyone will rally and unify.”
CB Aaron Ross is back with the Giants after spending a season down in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars finished just 2-14. No longer a starter, Ross has not been told what his role will be as of yet. Regardless, he’s pleased to be back in Blue.
“It seems like I never left. The guys are treating me just like I never left,” declared Ross. “Everything just seems great. My jersey is still the same one that I had. Everything is great.”
What does Ross, who the Giants let walk via free agency last March, have left? He says he’s got plenty.
“I’m a player. I’m very competitive. I haven’t really talked to the coaches about what my role would be. I’m just excited to be back and whatever my role is going to be that’s what I’m going to do to the fullest.”
Asked if he is returning with a different perspective, Ross had this to say:
“I think so. I missed the guys, I missed the coaches, I missed the organization and it seems like everybody else missed me just as well so it seems like a mutual thing. It brings a smile to my face when I came in knowing that it wasn’t just me that was missing the Giants. It was vice-versa.”