Sunday Morning Shootaround: All Quiet on the East Rutherford Front

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

This is usually the time of year when the NFL news slows down, but in the 24/7/365 news cycle we now live in, it’s difficult to jump off the ride when there is no end to it…

The Aaron Hernandez saga, along with several other arrests of NFL players, has kept members of the football media from taking their families on some much-needed vacations. Unfortunate, but true….

Not to jinx them, but for Giant fans, there is thankfully little drama these days. Head coach Tom Coughlin usually addresses the players before the long summer break at the end of minicamp. Here is his message this year:

“I told them all of the essentials. Count the days until July 26. In this day and age it is about nutrition, about rest, about taking care of yourself; about crossing those days off the calendar. And really, it is not like the old offseasons where we may have had 14-15 weeks. We are into our ninth. So as far as trying to rest a little bit and then pick back up, no, you wouldn’t be able to do that. You have to be ready to change direction and do those kinds of things. I did cite some of the examples in this little time where we have maybe a three-day down time and then go and practice once and have – like the other day – two backs had a hamstring after taking three days off. So anyway, all of those things have been said this morning. We talked about our schedule and what is in front of us and just wrapped it up for the program – the offseason program for the veteran players. And then the rookies are here for another week.”

The next time we’ll hear anything from the team will probably be when they announce the schedule for training camp, which is scheduled to begin at TPC on July 27.

Not sure how camp will work logistically for fan access. Hopefully it will be a better arrangement than it was a few years ago when the team was forced to train here due to constraints of the lockout.

As always, some questions linger, but the important ones aren’t about contracts. They’re about health: Jason Pierre-Paul, Henry Hynoski, Chris Snee, David Baas and Terrell Thomas are all coming off surgery and are uncertain to be ready for the start of the season.

As for the other stuff, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are both beholden to contracts and should be at camp. Cruz might skip the first week, but what would be the point? New deals have to be constructed for both of them. That, is if both are in the Giants’ long-term plans. The team has made offers to Cruz, but what are there plans for Nicks?

Also keep in mind, this is a contract year for several key Giants: Justin Tuck, David Diehl, Henry Hynoski, Mark Herzlich, Andre Brown, Linval Joseph and Adrian Tracy to name a few. Those players will be looking to prove their worth to management this fall.