Here is your practice report from Friday evening's traiing camp workout by the New York Giants at the Timex Performance Center.
Osi Umenyiora did not practice, of course, but he still provided the highlight of the evening's practice. Rather, a couple of irate fans heckling Umenyiora did. Whem Umenyiora ventured off the exercise bikes to the sidelines -- within earshot of the fans - a couple of the faithful let him have it.
Among the barbs fired at Umenyiora:
"Osi suit up, you ain't hurt."
"Who gets elective knee surgery?"
"Be a man, honor your contract."
Good work by the hecklers.
Now for some on the field stuff.
Some of you weren't happy with my Eli Manning commentary from Thursday. Well, Friday evening Manning threw the ball exceptionally well. Except for one wind-blown deep ball to Domenik Hixon near the end of practice that came up just a little behind him Manning was on target all night. Zipped a few passes into tight spaces, including one over the middle Travis Beckum made a spectacular leaping catch on while tightly defended by Michael Boley. Beckum lost the ball after he hit the ground, leaving safeties coach Dave Merritt screaming that it was incomplete. I disagree.
Terrell Thomas has had his hands full with Mario Manningham this week, and he showed some frustration Friday night. After surrendering a completion from Manning to Manningham on a nice out route, Thomas kicked the padding on the sideline camera tower. For three days now, Manningham has gotten the better of Thomas.
Rookie safety Tyler Sash made a beautiful interception on a long ball down the middle by Sage Rosenfels. Sash ranged back, sliced in front of Jerrel Jernigan and made the play. Of course, how a veteran quarterback like Rosenfels did not see Sash patrolling the middle of the field is a good question, but still a nice play.
Undrafted free agent linebacker Mark Herzlich intercepted a tipped Perrilloux screen pass.
The final 11-on-11 sequence of the night was a two-minute drill. On defense Justin Tuck was lined up at defensive tackle with Mathias Kiwanuka sliding into left defensive end as Perry Fewell's group went with an extra pass rusher. On offense, Darius Reynaud (yes, a Reynaud sighting) made a beautiful, twisting touchdown catch between defenders on a long ball by Manning.
NOTE: I am headed back home today, so this will be the last live practice report from me unless I return at some point during camp.