Giants’ Thursday OTA News, Quotebook

The Giants held their sixth OTA session at QDTC Thursday morning. Some quick observations from Michael Eisen of

Thursday's OTA Notes

*Tight end Adrien Robinson, who played in just three games and did not have a catch in his first two seasons, continues to impress in the organized team activities.

“I think he’s done a really good job in terms of just learning,” Coughlin said. “Again, not many mental errors. I’ve been really impressed with that. (Fellow tight end Larry) Donnell, the same way. Guys learning it, they’ve picked it up. They’re out there, they seem to be much more natural, not a lot of plodding. It seems like they have grasped what we want done and let’s just hope they keep going. That’s all you can do.”

*Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants’ first-round draft choice, sat out today with a sore hamstring.

“He may be longer than (one day),” Coughlin said. “I don’t know. You’re talking about a skilled athlete with a little twinge, so he may be longer than that.”

Guard Chris Snee, who had hip and elbow surgeries, was rested for precautionary reasons.

*Coughlin was asked about how well the offensive players have learned the system being installed by new coordinator Ben McAdoo.

“You always want more,” he said. “But, I have to say again, they made progress this week – sizable progress this week.”

*Coughlin was predictably unhappy that third-year cornerback Jayron Hosley was suspended for the season’s first four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

“Well, it’s disappointing as heck, as you can imagine,” Coughlin said. “Next man up. We move on, somebody else has to step up and go.”

*Coughlin was blunt when asked why Will Hill was released last week after the safety received his third league suspension in as many years.

“Because when you run a business you have to be able to rely and depend on people to be there when you need them to perform their duties,” Coughlin said. “It’s a sad day for both of those guys from my standpoint. The whole organization is disappointed that it went that way, and unfortunately, it was the right thing to do.”

Antrel Rolle on the Will Hill situation:

“You know, obviously I’m extremely disappointed. When I heard that the cut was finalized I can’t say it was a shock to myself. Will knew what situation he had put the Giants in, he kind of forced their hand. At that point in time you can’t really depend on Will to help us out and to really do anything for us if you’re suspended repeatedly, season after season after season. I spoke to Will, he and I have had several chats about this. He’s fully aware of what took place and what should have taken place. Every man has to be accountable for their own actions. Like I said, it didn’t surprise me. It stings, it stings like hell. Will is a like a little brother to myself. He’s a phenomenal player, probably one of the most gifted safeties that we have. For him to keep moving himself in the wrong direction, it’s not a good thing.”

Jayron Hosley on the news that he has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season:

“First of all I’m really need to get this off my chest. I want to apologize to the ownership of the New York Giants. Those guys, they’re the ones that believe in me. The GM, Jerry Reese, my coaches and most importantly my teammates and the fans. My teammates, we go on the field every day and battle together. We spend time off the field together. I really don’t want this to be all about me and taking the attention away from the team because it’s about the team first. I feel like I had to say that.”

Coughlin on why the Giants decided to part with QB Josh Freeman:

“I’ll just say that we did a good job of assessing his ability. Eli has come along and is much more capable physically than we anticipated. We practice once a day, I thought we did a good job of evaluation. Whether we go with three or four, that’s our business going forward. We’re okay right now. ”

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

I love what Rolle said about Hill.  That the kind of quote you get out of a team captain.  No matter how good a player you are, if you can't keep yourself on the field, especially for reasons you can control (non-injury), you're useless.

Even if you're on the "Weed should be Legal" side of the argument, as of right now, it's still a banned substance in the NFL.  Eventually, you have to put on your "big boy pants" and make a life decision.

Like I said in an earlier post about the Hill situation, the choice is to either smoke weed or be an NFL player.  Hill decided to smoke weed, so he is no longer an NFL player.