The wistful Tom Coughlin we saw yesterday at the podium gave way to the old version Tuesday as his Giants got back to work during their first day of training camp at QDTC.
A mostly sunny and hot day in the NYC Metro area, the heat played a role in how the practice panned out.
The heat apparently overtook several players. OL Brandon Mosley was carted off with heat-related issues, as was rookie TE Xavier Grimble. LB Jameel McClain left the field early also, but his issue seemed to revolve around his foot.
“He thought it was a shoe issue, an irritation in his foot, but it was over one of the metatarsals, so [the medical staff] brought him in to look at that. He is the one guy right now that other than heat [related absences], that it will be interesting to see what the discussion is inside….I’m hoping that this is just a matter of a sore foot with Jameel, so we’ll see.”
The truest words of the day. With Jon Beason (PUP) out with a foot problem of his own, the Giants are leaning on McClain to take Beason’s snaps until the he returns later this summer.
Coughlin shed some light on Beason’s status, the only player on the Giants’ 90-man roster not to practice today:
“We were obviously disappointed about Jon when he got hurt, but we are really excited about the fact that he seems to be doing really well. I watched his treatment the other day, and boy, if he has a tender foot, he’s hiding it well. I think he is making really good progress.”
This camp has a different feel to it. With nearly 50% of the roster consisting of new faces, Coughlin had this to say:
“No question. A lot of different individuals, pieces to the puzzle, offense in terms of learning a new system. It’s a lot different for us.”
The new offense has everyone feeling like sophomores, including QB Eli Manning who said it has him a bit nervous.
“It is a good thing,” said Coughlin when asked. “That is what [the offensive changes] were done for, to make him a little nervous and excited about studying and getting back at it, and the [rest of the team], too. I think that is a good response. I read one of the responses where he said he was a little uncomfortable, and that is the position I have taken since day one. We do not want anyone around here comfortable. That is a good thing.”
By admission, the coach told reporters that he himself needed some brushing up on the new playbook.
“I like that part of it,” he said. “I have to study it, too. The difference that I make is it’s a language, it’s a foreign language. When you look at it from what we have tried to do with our previous offense to kind of paper down all of the verbiage and this offense has a lot of verbiage. That’s the issue that keeps us on our toes, a lot of verbiage.”