John Fennelly, Lead WriterToday is Tuesday, which means it’s players’ day off during the regular season. The Giants will be begin practicing in earnest tomorrow for their game this week vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
On Monday, the team was out on the field almost at full strength. WR Victor Cruz, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and FB Henry Hynoski all practiced, but their availability for Sunday’s game is still yet to be determined.
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) and CB Jayron Hosley (ankle) also practiced. C David Baas (knee) did not. OL David Diehl (thumb) won’t be ready for another month.
TE Adrien Robinson (foot) appears to be on a long track to return. Tom Coughlin would not put a time frame on his return, just that it would be “awhile.”
Today is the first day a team can place a player on temporary IR. RB Andre Brown (leg) may end up there. If not, Robinson could be a candidate.
GEICO SportsNite has coverage of the Giants’ first practice as the team prepares for the Cowboys in Week 1.
Some questions that are out there….
Bringing back Jake Ballard: The Patriots needed help at TE these days with Aaron Hernandez in state attire and Rob Gronkowski rehabbing from a plethora of ills. Ballard was supposed to be the guy to come in and offset those losses. His knees had other ideas. Ballard was not much of a runner to begin with and now, after several surgeries, he looks done. If he can’t help New England, it’s doubtful he’ll be able to help New York.
Bringing back Brandon Jacobs: He’s basically been out of football for a year. His stint in San Fran was disaster and was strung along last year until he was released. Not to mention his behavior (especially via Twitter) was a real turnoff. As a result, no team has made a move on him and after missing an entire offseason, there’s little value in the 31 year-old.