Thursday Afternoon Report: Nicks Sits it Out

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants were scheduled to practice outdoors in full pads this afternoon, but teeming rain prevented that from happening. Instead, they were forced into the field house in just helmets and shoulder pads.

NFL Officials were on hand today, presumably to oversee a practice in pads, but stayed to handle the indoor activities.

WR Hakeem Nicks (groin) did not participate in practice. Tom Coughlin said Nicks was “day-to-day” and wants to make sure he’s healed before resuming drills.

“They just want to quiet it down, make sure that he heals before he goes back out and continues to maybe make it worse,” said Coughlin.

DT Cullen Jenkins missed practice due to a death in the family (grandmother).

Several players stood out at camp today: WR Kevin Hardy and TE Adrien Robinson both made nice grabs on several occasions. Coughlin lauded Robinson’s progress after practice:

“I think he’s making steady progress. You know, today I thought he practiced well, made some plays, and more importantly, from an assignment standpoint he did well, so, we look forward to having him continue that way because we also see Larry Donnell making a couple plays, so with those two big, young tight ends, they certainly do give us flexibility provided they can continue to improve.”

CB Prince Amukamara continued his strong showing, outrunning WR Victor Cruz on a deep route to make a pick.

The offensive line continued to be the same: David Baas at center, Will Beatty and David Diehl at tackle and Kevin Boothe and James Brewer at guard. Justin Pugh continued to work primarily with the second group, but saw some snaps with the ‘one’s’.

“Just a few, but, yeah, we’d like to be able to do that,” said Coughlin. “Basically, the first couple of groups are being interchanged every once and awhile, so you’ll see that.”

Coughlin said he will be present for Bill Parcells’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Saturday. He will be here for practice and then fly out to Canton. It will be his first trip to a HOF induction ceremony….




24 comments
Scott Ashkenazy
Scott Ashkenazy

Having Brian strait in the lineup is an emergency if you ask me

willymayshays
willymayshays

I think the Eberle trade would hurt us financially.  6 mil for the next 5 yrs?  And Boychuch for how much?  Okposo's new contract and lets not forget we want to lock up guys like Leddy, Brock and Strome to good contracts while they are still RFA's instead of cheap bridge contracts and then big UFA contracts.  Getting Leddy and Boychuck should be a lesson learned,  we don't want to be on the other side of that deal down the road.

Right now, I think it will be hard for snow just to keep the talent we have.  The key is to have young inexpensive guys like  Reinhart and Pulock help maintain some cap flexibility.  Keep drafting well, keep signing young guys to team friendly deals.  Cultivate the bulk of the talent yourself, plug in the holes with FA's and the occasional trade.  

bosstrots1
bosstrots1

I don't know that i am down for trading Reinhart, i'm lucky that i don't have to make that decision.  The reality though is that this team needs a scoring wing and we are loaded with D Men from steady vets to young prospects.  If only there was some way to trade Josh Bailey and Matt Donovan for someone who can light the lamp a bit - the reality is that for Edmonton guys like bailey would be good for them as he is formidable on the puck, he could be a steady defensive forward for them which is something that the oilers desperately need and Donovan has some talent, i hope this win streak has upped his value a bit bc when healthy our D has no room for him and unlike Strait, Donovan could be an asset..  I like the way JT has stepped up his game and Kulemin insures that the first line is not a defensive liability but it is undeniable that they are not overly effective as a 1st line.  Kyle Opkoso seems lost at this point the same way 2012 kyle okposo seemed lost.  i would say that he is snake bit with that low shooting % but he has also been shanking shots left and right, i think he is holding the stick too tight at this point.  Hopefully, Grabners mustache isn't going to create wind resistance on his skating.  Hickey is a talent.  I had dudes freaking out on me when i was pissed that Strait and Carkner were playing in the 2012 playoffs vs the Pens while Hickey was sitting, Hickey was sensational in 2012 and i think he is just getting his confidence to the next level, he was great again last year in tough circumstances and now he is really flourishing into the guy the kings thought they were getting when the drafted him top 5.  I love the Viz too, glad to see that he is getting healthy, i hope there is some way to sign him for the last of his remaining glory years. Seriously though, if we get Boychuk to sign we have an embarrassment of riches on D as i haven't even mentioned Leddy, the Hammer or Calvin DeHaan who are all awesome as well and when healthy one of the top 5 overall D Units in the league which is why Isles rock and Oilers blow - you can trace it all back to the blue line the same way we have struggled since the Days of Kenny Johnson and Adrian Aucoin, etc.  Its funny how things work out in that had Boyle signed we might not have made the Leddy or Boychik deals, you have to give Garth credit for pulling those off, those are GM of the year type moves that we have been waiting for since the strike of 2004 when we knew that someone was going to run into cap trouble and we could take advantage of it as a cap floor team, who knew it would take 10 years and a 2nd lockout to pull it off but once we finally made the moves it was a master-stroke that has changed the fortune of our team, we would not be remotely where we are right now without those moves and we are now so set up for the future with our core and now a young Nick Leddy who we are going to lock up as a restricted even if we don't Boychuk to stay which would be a major betrayal by him at this point - who would he leave us for??? The Bruins don't have the money, I could see him going to the redwings but thats about it and no-one else can really afford him at this point plus give him such a great team to play for (how crazy is it that the isles, our isles, our 20 year slump, robbed of Pierre Turgeon by Dale Hunter Islanders, its amazing, i never thought i would see it as we couldn't get any good vets to play for us which is what it takes to be good in this league).  The final Cherry on the Sundae for us is that we have Reinhart, Pullock, Dal Colle and Hosang in the pipeline and we are already stocked, its crazy.  Michael Dal Colle is proving to be an absolute monster which is great for us no doubt but we won't have him til next year at the earliest and we need a bit of scoring help now and if you don't think so you should take a closer look at all the 1 goal, overtime and shoot out games we have won which indicate we have a good team but that we are cutting it a bit close and a bad bounce or two could swing a game in another direction, teams like the blackhawks and penguins have big goal differentials and it is proof of their success, our kind of success while sustainable is going to be more difficult to accomplish if we can't build ourselves a margin for era in some of these games that we have been squeaking out.  These next few games would have been telling if we were at full strength but without our top D men the isles can't be judged on how they do in these upcoming games vs the western elite.  

mrcisback
mrcisback

    Can't wait to see what Pulock and his 95 per hour slap shot can do for the islanders. It should be very interesting in the next couple of games.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Looking at our top 4 lines. Thers no room for eberle. NONE. So the trades not a go. Just went and saw that reinhart has not requested a trade. So I say it not true

dimaio34
dimaio34

I'll say Edmonton is desperate too. They need to make sonething happen

Wc Christopher
Wc Christopher

Anybody hear the rumor today about talks heating up between Edmonton and the Isles regarding a deal involving Reinhart for Eberle? I don't like that idea especially now with all the injuries on D. I'd wait until everybody is healthy before considering any trade. If I were trading Reinhart I would only do it if it's for Evander Kane.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Good for Pulock to be in the NHL, but for the wrong reasons- another player hurt.. 

dimaio34
dimaio34

So it's huge news about our d. But......our depth guys have filled in tremendously. Just get these guys healed up. This team is full of confidence and we got a goalie niw so I'm not at all worried. Seeing pulock play us going to be fun. Thought griff played steady last night. The thing is our forward are top notch and can put the puck in the net. Totally different than years past. This team is loaded and ready to fire!!!!!

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

If Reinhart and Pulock can come in and operate seamlessly; boy, are we ever in good shape!

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@bosstrots1

Your analogy to goal differential is spot on, and one of the true indicators of a teams success.  We are currently +14,,, Pittsburgh is +24 and Tampa Bay +28.  Detroit is at +15 while Montreal is scraping by at +1, the same as our friends across the river but, the Habs have 10 more points albeit 4 more games played.  Toronto is the only other Eastern Conference team in the plus at +7.

On the flip side of your post,,, I am not ready to trade a defenseman for a wing even though I was one of those clamoring for Evander Kane.  Perhaps Brock Nelson,,, who can play some defense as well as score,,, gets that spot next to Tavares and Okposo.  I for one am willing to sit tight, at least until the trade deadline approaches,,, and not jump into any deal with Edmonton.  Now, if it was Taylor Hall that was on the block and not Jordan Eberle,,, then I might reconsider...

dzruggie
dzruggie

@mrcisback 2 rookies plus your 7 and 8 playing - there could be some mistakes made.  Hopefully optimistic and a touch of being realistic.  Need a team commitment to D

dimaio34
dimaio34

Getting eberle would be off the charts. Put him with 91-21. Ouch. Unstoppable

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Wc Christopher I don't get the love for Evander Kane. Yeah, he has talent, but he's also a bit of a head case, takes a lot of penalties, and may really disrupt the team's chemistry.  I know he scored 30 goals once and would look good next to JT and Okposo, but also keep in mind he has as many goals as Casey Cizikas (no knock on Casey, but he's a fourth line grinder). The only way I'd trade a Reinhart or a Pulock is if it's for a first-pairing defenseman. The team doesn't need another forward right now.

Jean Paul Azzurro
Jean Paul Azzurro

Totally agree...Eberle would be huge....Reinhart is a miserable skater, slow reactions....just throwing the body around  is not enough...TRADE HIM!!!

shlo
shlo

@dimaio34 Have to take your word for it. Know next to nothing about him since we don't see him play around here on a regular basis. His cap hit is too much for me.

erika
erika

@kevinpt @Wc Christopher Agreed. Evander is talented...but does not warrant all the salivation he is getting from this board, nor is he worth anything close to what the Jets are apparently asking. This team could very well be 1st overall in the league by the end of the afternoon!....I would not change a thing!

dimaio34
dimaio34

Just read this about eberle / reinhart deal. Boy that's a tough one. Hiw about bailey reinhart for eberle and a second rounder. Or petry

shlo
shlo

@Jean Paul Azzurro This is what they said about Chara years ago.

Saw him the first time he played. Looked absolutely lost, confused  could not move. He was traded and see how  he developed