Jun 16, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin addresses the media during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports

The Daily Coughlin: “Be where your feet are,” a new theme

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Day Two of training camp and head coach Tom Coughlin, who is in the slogan business, revealed what could be this summer’s theme. “Be where your feet are” has been heard often out on the playing field. So, what does it mean?

“Mindfulness. Mindfulness,” the coach explained. “If you’re going to be in the gym, be in the gym. Be where your feet are. Stay in the moment. Take care of one moment at a time. While you’re here, you deal with your football, deal with your job. It’s all the same type of theme.”

Where did it come from?

“Well, we studied it this offseason as a staff,” said Coughlin. “We’ve always had lots of statements about things of that nature. It’s just been reinforced more heavily, to the point where the guys are repeating it.” To read more of this story, click here


Giants name Dr. Scott Rodeo head team physician

Dr Russell Warren is stepping aside as the Giants’ team physician after three decades. He will be replaced by Dr. Scott Rodeo, who has served as an associate under Warren since 2000.

“Russ Warren has been an integral part of our team for more than 31 years,” said Giants’ CEO John Mara, in a release by the team. “The care he has given to our players and staff over that period has been nothing short of extraordinary. We are delighted that he will continue to make his skills and expertise available to us this season and hopefully for years to come.”

“Dr. Warren is the best in the business,” QB Eli Manning said. “He’s been doing this a long time and he’s an important part of the Giants organization. He’s a guy I’ve seen a lot in my 11, going on 12, years about everything. He put 12 stitches in my head (after Manning was cut in a 2010 preseason game vs. the Jets), and I’ve seen him for numerous things over the years. I trust his opinion and his expertise. It’s good he’ll still be around, because I know he loves being part of the team and being there on game day.”

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Jan 15, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) in the second half of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. The Giants won 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

James Jones signing: A low-risk, high reward stroke by Reese

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The signing of veteran WR James Jones is one of those mid-level moves that Jerry Reese haters will slough off when they rate his overall performance as Giants’ GM.

Let me say right here, it is anything but. Sure, the Giants have a glut of talent at the position already and the game plan will undoubtedly be to get the ball into the hands of Odell Beckham, Jr. as much as humanly possible. But, as we all know, you can never have enough playmakers.

Jones is a playmaker. His common name has probably given many a reason to dismiss him, a mistake many defenses have repeatedly made over time. He is here mainly because of his relationship with OC Ben McAdoo that stems back to their time in Green Bay. But there is more to it than that.

Reese has been slammed for not having enough depth at many positions. A misleading charge given the egregious amount of injuries the team has suffered the past three seasons. Two of those injuries, a hamstring that kept Odell Beckham, Jr. out of the first four games last season and the season-ending patellar tear that ended Victor Cruz’ season last October, were to playmakers. Reese wants to make sure he’s covered at WR.

Jones is the perfect candidate. He can line up outside and inside and is a viable red zone threat. The Giants have been inconsistent in the red zone and the addition of Jones will give Eli Manning a legitimate target.

Also, should the Giants lose any of their studs, Jones can adequately fill the bill. In short, his presence gives the Giants a nice, safe security blanket.

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JPP said this weekend, "I feel like I’m at, I’d say, 75%" and is pain-free.

Fans go wild over OBJ, Cruz; JPP gets philosophical

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The first day of Giants training camp at QDTC was a bit more surreal than usual. The pall of the JPP situation still looms over the building with no closure in sight. The WR stars, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Victor Cruz, continue to be the main attraction of for fans and he media alike.

During the post-practice autograph session, which featured the receivers group, the demand for signatures and selfies was so great the scene got out of control. In a scary moment, fans (mainly children) were crushed against the barricades, a woman suffering a seizure was stepped over and the temporary stands began to buckle. (Rock, Aug 1)

The Giants security people got Beckham and Cruz out of there as well as all the autograph-seekers, but the incident is surely going to have an effect on the future sessions.

JPP is apparently getting philosophical these days. The pictures that were released of him by the NY Daily News on Friday that showed his mangled right hand wrapped in a club-like bandage, also revealed an interesting t-shirt:

Pierre-Paul wandered outside Friday as a flatbed truck arrived to take away one of his cars. He wore a white T-shirt with a quote indicating he was taking the setback philosophically.

“Without music, life would be a mistake,” read the message lifted from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s book “Twilight of the Idols.”

Not sure what that means to him. In fact, I’m not quite sure what much of Nietzsche’s work means. It’s just another curious choice in what is becoming a long list of curious choices by JPP.

I have to say one thing after viewing these photos. JPP is a long way from returning to the field this season. A long way …

RB Shane Vereen told reporters he sees a lot of similarities between his old QB, Tom Brady, and his new QB, Eli Manning.

“I see the same pedigree. They both work extremely hard on and off the field,” Vereen said. “They’re both masters of the game, the way they look at it, the way they teach it, and the way they carry themselves. They’re both leaders. In that sense, they’re very similar.”

Vereen, who is coming over from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, was asked what drew him to the Giants in free agency this past winter.

“They didn’t really have to say much,” he said. “Historically, this one of the best, if not the best franchise, in football. Just to have the opportunity to come here, I mean it’s kind of hard to say no.”

Sep 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Whose health is more important: JPP’s or Cruz’s?

From Thursday’s programming: Loudmouths Andy Martino and Chris Carlin discuss John Mara’s statements on Jason Pierre-Paul and whose health is more important: his or Victor Cruz?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

It’s a valid argument. JPP is the Giants’ top pass-rusher, but now that he’s only got four fingers on his right hand, who knows how effective he will be if and when he returns, especially from the RDE position.

In his current state he may be easier to replace, whereas Cruz is admittedly “93 percent” right now and is running without any issues.

As for my answer to the question at hand, I think that JPP’s health is more important due to the fact that the Giants currently have more depth at WR than they have at DE.

The signing of James Jones gives the Giants even more WR depth. He is a legit red zone threat and a reliable target who is familiar with OC Ben McAdoo’s offense. If the Giants lose Odell Beckham Jr. and/or Cruz, they still have Rueben Randle, Jones, Preston Parker, Dwayne Harris and Corey Washington.

But the DE depth without JPP is sketchy, with no established pass-rushing threat. Damontre Moore could be poised for a breakout season, but he’s been in and out of Tom Coughlin’s dog house the past two years. Robert Ayers, Jr. showed flashes last year, as did Kerry Wynn. George Selvie was brought in for depth and rookie Owa Odighizuwa is more of an edge-sealer and penetrator than he is a sack artist.


Coughlin cautious but confident as camp begins

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants opened the doors to their training camp Thursday. Everyone was in attendance except DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who is staying away from QDTC, choosing to rehab his mangled hand in South Florida.

Coach Tom Coughlin said he has not had any contact with his star DE since the July 4 fireworks mishap. The coach agreed with the rest of the Giants brass that JPP should have been more forthcoming and cooperative with the club.

tommy“It’s hard to believe that he couldn’t get here and take care of an awful lot of issues rather than what they’re doing. But, again, I’ve not spoken with him and very few people here have,” Coughlin said.

Pierre-Paul has given no indication when he will return. Coughlin is willing to put the past behind him, saying his relationship with JPP hasn’t soured and citing the team is concerned about more than football in this matter.

“I hope he chooses to return,” said Coughlin “Hey, we’re all concerned about the young man, first and foremost, but it is difficult to extend this concern when we feel like he should be here. But as far as souring, that’s not going to sour anything. I am concerned about him as a young man and anxious to know exactly what he’s dealing with, and then we will know what we’re dealing with.”

Thursday was all about checking players’ physical condition. Coughlin seemed pleased overall.

“Their body weights were good and this test, which was simply to make sure that they had been doing what they were supposed to be doing. They looked fine.” However, Coughlin added “there will be (fines)” for players who missed fitness goals.

Coughlin went on to say changes have been made to the workout regimen this season, but did not reveal specifics.

“You’ll see….where I’m coming from, it’s not a question anymore about what we used to do,” said Coughlin, whose team missed the playoffs the past three seasons after winning the Super Bowl in 2012. “It has to be what’s best for the current times, and this seems the way to go.”

Coughlin was asked what he expects from his team this year:

“I expect them to work hard. I expect them to compete like heck. Hopefully, we will remain intact and be able to put on the field the team that we have assembled right now, and then if we can get everybody to buy into the team concept, and we can progress along those lines. I feel good about today, but we take it one day at a time.”

Two players in particular — WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and Victor Cruz (knee) — will be eased into action. Coughlin hopes they can get into the swing of things soon.

“I hope they can practice all the time,” he said. “I’m sure there may be some time when they have to have some recognition in terms of number of snaps, but that’s probably going to be the way it goes anyways. We’ll monitor all the players under the existing system that we have and try to get a gauge on exactly where they should be for each style of practice that we present.”

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Giants’ Training Camp: T-1 and counting

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Today is the last day before the Giants report to their 2015 training camp out at QDTC. It’s a good thing, too, because today is supposed to be the hottest day of the summer. The forecast for the rest of the week is calling for hot temps, but not like today.

SNY will have on-site coverage each day from training camp, so stay with us this summer. Here is the vital information fans need to know about this summer’s training camp:

On Thursday, July 30, all players report for physicals and conditioning. The first of nine practice sessions will take place on Friday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. The Giants will most often practice from approximately 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., but three practices are scheduled to begin at 5:50 p.m. The schedule is subject to late revisions. Call the Fan Information number below to verify before you head out.

Admission and parking are free, but space is limited, so plan accordingly.

First Practice – Friday, July 31
Camp End – Thursday, August 27

Quest Diagnostics Training Center
1925 Giants Drive
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Fan Information Number………… (201) 935-9385

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