New York Giants News for June 7

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants close out their voluntary offseason program today with their final OTA at TPC. Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to drop 3-4 inches of rain on the area by early Saturday, so today’s OTA will mainly be an indoor event. There is no media access to today’s session.

Yesterday, there was media access and many questions were asked and answered by head coach Tom Coughlin and his players. The hot topics were DE Jason Pierre-Paul’s back and the absence of their top two wide receivers. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

Coughlin said that Cruz and Nicks’ situations were in “different categories” and he expects Nicks, who is under contract, to attend next week’s mandatory minicamp.

“”We have a mandatory camp. I would expect that he would (attend),” Coughlin said. Nicks will be fined over $66K if he fails to show up to minicamp.


Coughlin and DE Justin Tuck both stressed the void on the defensive line created by the injury to JPP is going to hurt the club, but the team has a number of young players that could step up and make their presence known. They also declared the competition to fill that void has begun.

The coach also confirmed the transition of Mathias Kiwanuka from LB to DE is official. Kiwanuka is confident the move will go a long way to defray the loss of JPP. So is Tuck:

“I have to worry about the guys that are here. That’s all I can do. I’ve got to worry about each practice and trying to get better, making sure I know what I’m doing, working on the things that I need to improve on and then talking over with the guys who are out there on the field about each play, watching film with them, making sure we’re on the same page and we have a chance to go out there and win the practices.”


QB Eli Manning is resigned to the fact that Nicks and Cruz may not be on the field until training camp in late July. He is concentrating on working with the players that are in camp:

“I have to worry about the guys that are here. That’s all I can do. I’ve got to worry about each practice and trying to get better, making sure I know what I’m doing, working on the things that I need to improve on and then talking over with the guys who are out there on the field about each play, watching film with them, making sure we’re on the same page and we have a chance to go out there and win the practices.”

GEICO SportsNite has coverage of the New York Giants ending OTAs without Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.