The sun was out in full force today at TPC, with a mild breeze prevailing throughout the team’s afternoon workout. The action was highlighted by two fights that took place in a matter of minutes during the last phase of 11-on-11s. The first between free-agent OL Bryant Browning and rookie DE Damontre Moore. The second featured UDFA WR Jeremy Horne and UDFA CB Charles James.
Head coach Tom Coughlin stopped the action and got everyone refocused with one brief, loud sentence that isn’t suitable for public consumption.
“They got a little frisky… a couple of the young guys. There’s no place for that,” Coughlin told reporters after practice.
James has shown speed and prowess at the returner position here at minicamp. Mix that ability with his high energy in the pass defense and he could be a strong contender to make the roster this summer.
RB David Wilson has looked like a first-round selection. He’s everywhere – and quickly. If can sure up his pass blocking, there is no ceiling on what he can achieve.
Coughlin seemed to be pleased in general with the way the backfield is rounding out in the early going:
“Actually, they have all worked well given the opportunities. The young kid (Cox) continues to do some good things. Between Andre (Brown) and David (Wilson), we’ve had good days, I think, pretty consistently. Da’Rel Scott has had a few good days. Ryan Torain, of course, has the hamstring right now.”
WR Hakeem Nicks claims he can do everything, but is being brought slowly. He played sparingly in team drills, but seems to be moving fairly well. In one instance, he appeared to have a step on some defenders but the ball was overthrown. Coughlin admitted the team had a pitch count on him.
“We knew exactly how much yardage he had and so we bumped it up a little bit today, but not too much. He had a good opportunity here again today and so we’ll see. Maybe a little more tomorrow.”
Coughlin admitted that MLB Mark Herzlich is more vocal this year. He was asked where that suddenly came from.
“Study. Meet. He’s a smart guy. He is verbal. I’m not surprised by any of that. It’s a good thing. He enunciates well. People understand what he says.”
- John Fennelly