John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The rain drove practice indoors today as several players came back to work. The players practiced in shells as practice was of the non-contact nature.
FB Henry Hynoski (knee) was activated from the PUP list. He did not participate in workouts and is not expected to play until the regular season opener in Dallas at the soonest.
“He just does individual,” said Tom Coughlin. “He just continues where he is and builds up to it. They’ll let us know. He said he’d be in here and here he is. A couple of weeks to go and here he is.”
Coughlin was asked how important Hynoski is to the Giants’ offensive success.
“Very,” the coach stated. “There aren’t many around. Even today, when you look around in the league, there are not many guys that are 265 and have the skillset that Henry has as well.”
Will Hyno be ready for opening night in Dallas? That’s a best-case scenario in his eyes….
“I’m hoping for it,” Hynoski said. “That’s my goal, but if it takes to Week 2 or 3, that’s fine. We have a very smart medical staff and trainers and they’re going to put me in the right position when they know I’m physically fit to be out there and performing at the best that I can.”
Only two Giants remain on PUP – DT Markus Kuhn and DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Coughlin said, “They’re getting close, according to what I hear. I’m just listening…”
Coughlin said the starters would play “basically a half” against the Jets on Saturday.
S Antrel Rolle (ankle) returned to the field today and took a few early snaps with the defense.
CB Corey Webster (groin, knee), WR Ramses Barden (knee) and WR Louis Murphy (leg) did not practice again today.
“I hope not. I hope that’s long gone by then,” said Coughlin when asked of Webster was in danger of missing the opener. “We should get two good weeks, I think. Next week and the week after, we should be in good shape.”
Dan Connor continued to be the first team MLB. Also, the offensive line was the same for the second day in a row: LT Beatty, LG Boothe, C Cordle, RG Snee, RT Pugh.
With Victor Cruz sidelined, Eli Manning is concentrating on reestablishing his rapport with Hakeem Nicks, who is just getting his own legs back underneath him. Below is a clip of Eli hitting Nicks for a deep TD this afternoon at practice.