OTAs are over for this week. Two more cluster of sessions remain: May 29-31 and June 3-7. All are voluntary, so don’t expect Victor Crus to attend unless his contract dilemma has been resolved. Nicks, on the other hand, will probably show. Justin Pygh and Ryan Nassib are also still not signed but will likely be present.
Henry Hynoski to have knee surgery today.
Hynoski suffered a chip fracture to the lateral plateau and injured his left medial collateral ligament on the second play of Wednesday’s OTAs. The fracture to the lateral plateau is a bone chip in his tibia, the larger — and weightbearing — of the two leg bones.
According to Paul Schwartz of the Post, Hyno is vowing a quick return:
“I am going to set my mind to being ready for the first game of the regular season,” Hynoski said. “They said that is not an unrealistic goal, and I will do everything in my power to be ready for the start of the season.”
Hynoski on his Twitter account wrote: “Just a bump in the road … I will come back stronger than ever from this!’’
Ramses Barden is back with the Giants, where he “wanted to be.”
Jerry Reese has been known to covet his draft picks. Barden was one of his pet projects and after no offers were floated Barden’s way during free agency, Reese decided to bring him back home like did with Aaron Ross (and can still so with some others). Terms of his deal have not yet been disclosed.
Ralph Vacchiano says get ready for Ramses II:
Barden’s return couldn’t come at a better time. The Giants are in the midst of voluntary OTA workouts, but their top two targets haven’t been around. Cruz is not attending OTAs this week as he continues to battle it out with management over a lucrative contract extension.
Nicks, meanwhile, was a conspicuous no-show on Wednesday, and Tom Coughlin called the big-play threat out for his absence, saying that he “should be” here. Despite that, sources indicated that the team wasn’t expecting him at Thursday’s OTA session.
That creates plenty of opportunity for Barden, who has long tantalized fans and management with his 6-6 frame, good hands and solid athleticism. When the Giants drafted him out of Cal Poly four years ago, they saw a near-unstoppable red zone weapon.