That familiar cat-quick burst arrived yesterday at Giants training camp. Osi Umenyiora was back.
Well, it wasn’t exactly a real return and no, Umenyiora actually didn’t make his summer practice debut. He did, though, get off the stationary bicycle long enough for about 15 minutes of an honest-to-goodness football drill, getting down in his three-point stance, simulating the snap count and firing out of his stance with some pass-rush moves that put on display his uncommon quick-twitch athleticism.
Off to the side and watched by a member of the Giants training staff, Umenyiora even pantomimed the strip-sack maneuver he should trademark, considering he’s coming off a season in which he set an NFL record with 10 forced fumbles. If his left knee was ailing he sure did a great job of hiding any discomfort or impairment.
"I’m on a different level now," said Reynaud, who was acquired in a trade from the Vikings right before the start of the 2010 regular season. "I’ve got the defense down pat, I’ve got the concepts of the routes and all of that. I’m talking to Eli (Manning) a couple of days ago and he’s telling me, ‘If you can just learn the concepts of the plays and what other receivers are doing, it’s all going to come to you easily.’ I’ve been doing that."
I will try to get you guys an Open Thread for this afternoon's practice.