Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some notes to help you pass the time this morning.
The key will be Umenyiora’s effort and attitude, which [Justin] Tuck insisted would not be a problem. He saw the way Umenyiora interacted with his teammates even during the discord of the past two weeks and watched how Umenyiora responded to a teammate making a play on film.
Cornerback Terrell Thomas labeled the sideshow of the past two weeks a "media stunt," and said Umenyiora has been aware and alert off the field. Plus, Umenyiora’s frustration is not new. And though the saga is not behind the Giants, Umenyiora is at least in pads on the field and not riding a stationary bike.
"When he steps on the football field, his focus is as high as anybody’s," Tuck said. "He knows how to separate the two. A lot of guys don’t have that capability. I know he does."
Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't care about starting
It looks like the will slide Osi Umenyiora back into his customary starting spot at right defensive end, and play Jason Pierre-Paul on both sides in a rotation with Umenyiora and Tuck, and at times with all three on the field. That is fine with Pierre-Paul.
"It doesn't matter if I start or not. I just want to go out there and play football and do what I need to do," Pierre-Paul said. "Actually I would rather play both ends because the more you learn the more you can help the defense."
"Today I showed a vet, Osi Umenyiora, how much I have grown and prepared this off season," Beatty wrote on his Facebook page after practice. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to practice my skill on a great pass rusher in the NFL."
Frankly, with storylines flying all over the place these past few weeks, maybe we’ve overlooked how impressive Beatty has been so far in camp and in the preseason game against the Panthers on Saturday. He had plenty of 1-on-1 matchups in Carolina and handled them all well. And while he’s allowed the occasional pressure in camp, he’s more than protected everything on Eli Manning’s blind side.
And now that you’ve seen what Jason Pierre-Paul did against Jordan Gross, perhaps it’s even more impressive when I tell you that, in all the times I’ve watched Pierre-Paul go head-to-head with Beatty this camp, Pierre-Paul has never beaten him badly.
Center David Baas is new, and admitted after the game that he had missed a few assignments. And Will Beatty, although not a new edition, is beginning his first year as the starting left tackle. And don’t forget, the line is without long-time stalwarts Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert.
Guard Chris Snee is not concerned about blocking and communication issues this early in camp.
"That’s what preseason is for," he said. "There’s no panic here. I’m not worked up about it. We know what we have to fix."
And Snee has no concerns about Baas.
"He knows all the calls," he said. "he does a good job making them."
Signing with your former team’s rival may not always be a smooth process, which Steve Smith is finding out with the Eagles.
During the dog days of the NFL lockout, Smith joined a Twitter feud between Eagles RB LeSean McCoy and the Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.
"That’s going to take a little time. He wasn’t the happiest," Smith told Philly Sports Daily after Monday’s practice. "He said he meant what he said, so it’s all good."
Details of Steve Smith's contract with Philadelphia Eagles | NJ.com
Deal has a base value of $2.281 million
Buffalo Bills release '09 first-rounder Aaron Maybin - ESPN
In two short years, linebacker Aaron Maybin went from promising first-round draft pick to bust in Buffalo after the Bills waived him on Monday.
NOTE: I am in transit from upstate New York to the Timex Performance Center for the next couple of days of training camp. Check Big Blue View on Twitter for some updates during practice, and I will have a practice report for you later on.