Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some notes for you on this Sunday morning, the day after the 2011 training camp came to a close.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin called holding camp at the Timex Performance Center for the first time rather at the University at Albany "a different experience" when he was asked to compare the two camps.
"There are some pluses and minuses for both," Coughlin said. "ou have to admit, this have been a very good schedule. It is not practicing twice a day but it is a lot of meeting time."
There were apparently a few fireworks during the final practice that will be open to the public.
Ramses Barden is still on the PUP list following offseason surgery, and Coughlin said Saturday the third-year wide receiver "has a ways to go." Barden, though, tried to sound optimistic when questioned by reporters.
"I can honestly say I feel it getting better," Barden said. Asked when he might be able to practice, though, Barden said "couldn't tell you."
"I definitely don't think it's months away. I feel it coming soon. I hesitate to say anything with specifics just because I don't know. I don't know how it's going to respond the more we keep doing things. They might say hey, you're good to go tomorrow, they might not," Barden said. "The best thing I can do is be on my toes. I'm excited for it. I'm anxious. I get tired of answering the questions. My peers, my teammates, they're excited for me to comeback, too. I want to be a part of the team again as fast as possible."
Defensive end Justin Tuck was asked about Osi Umenyiora's knee surgery. Tuck, by the way, spent most of camp being asked about Umenyiora and it is sort of amazing that he patiently answered those questions day-after-day.
"Obviously it is a blow but just like before when he was not practicing, it gives other guys the opportunity. JPP will definitely feel comfortable with his role and stepping in as a starter at that position. Dave Tollefson is having a great camp and we just roll them in and roll them out," Tuck said. "Osi needed to take care of this issue and luckily he takes care of it now and it doesn't affect us midseason. I think it is a good thing and deal with it now and we will be excited when he comes back."
Speaking of Umenyiora, Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News wrote Saturday that the Giants had plenty of time to avoid this Osi mess.
Total attendance for the 13 training camp practices that were open to the public was 14,478. The Giants won't say it, but that has to be a disappointing number for their first training camp in East Rutherford.