John Fennelly, Lead Writer
What you need to know this morning…
GM Jerry Reese held his state of team presser on Wednesday, making it clear that he believes the team is headed in the right direction.
“I think we’re going to have a really good football team,” Reese said in his opening statement. “I’m very excited about the young players. We wanted to build a younger team, a more physical football team that plays fast.”
That team will have nearly 30 new players and is still forming it’s chemistry. The pressure to win always looms large, especially after the Giants missed the playoffs for the second straight season.
“It’s a high performance business,” Reese explained. “You can win the Super Bowl and the pressure is still there. You have to come out and perform high. It’s no different from any other season. We have high expectations. We expect people to perform high and that’s just the way it is in this business.”
From GEICO SportsNite: Reese discusses Eli Manning and the team’s high expectations for the upcoming season.
-After watching several players get carted off the field on Tuesday with heat-related issues, head coach Tom Coughlin decided a “halftime” break during practice going forward might be needed to avoid further episodes.
“If I keep it, it will be because of the heat we experienced yesterday and there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Coughlin. “It does give them a sense of second half, first half. Gives them a sense of having an opportunity to cool a little bit and come back and go.”
-For the second consecutive day, veteran Daniel Fells was the starting TE in 11-on-11 drills. It’s early, but this is an indication the others are not up to snuff at this point.
–LB Jameel McClain, who left the field on Tuesday with a foot problem, practiced in full. The issue was apparently more with his shoe than with his foot.
–WR Odell Beckham, Jr., the Giants’ top draft pick, is not off to roaring start this camp. He is still dealing with a sore hamstring, the same hammy that curtailed him at minicamp.