Good morning, New York Giants fans! As always, there is tons of Giants stuff to talk about this morning, so let's get started.
It's official -- undrafted free agent fullback Henry Hynoski has reached cult hero status. Following practice via Twitter Monday night (I am back home this week) it seems Hynoski was laying some serious lumber throughout practice. Then there is the nickname fight. First, there is a debate between 'Hynoceros' and 'Hank The Tank,' and there is also a debate over who coined 'Hynoceros' first. You guys have been using it, but I don't think we can claim dibs on it. By the way #Hynoceros has even become a Twitter hashtag. Even Rhett Bomar never reached those heights.
One more Hynoski note. Good friend Pat Traina of Inside Football penned an outstanding piece on him this morning.
Terrell Thomas was so thrilled with Monday's work by the secondary he took to Twitter almost as soon as practice ended to talk about it. "Great practice today, defense ran around and made plays- 23-21-26-24-31 ain't nothing to play with," Thomas tweeted.
"I like our team," he said. "I think if we stay healthy we can compete with anybody. Right now, I’m almost afraid to go out to practice — we’ve already lost our first-round pick. I think we’re going to have a good team. We have an excellent coaching staff. We’re very pleased with our draft."
Devin Thomas still stung by Shanahan's words
Wide receiver Devin Thomas hopes to play Saturday against Carolina despite his fractured finger. A second-round pick by Washington in 2008, Thomas has yet to make a real mark in the NFL.
"I don't really point the blame at anybody but myself. I know what I'm capable of doing and so far I haven't been able to reach those goals so I can only look at myself in the mirror and see what I can do better," Thomas said.
Washington coach Mike Shanahan questioned Thomas' work ethic last season before the Redskins released Thomas.
"I still hear his voice in the back of my head," Thomas said. "The time has come that I get my chance to showcase my skills."
Bear Pascoe, who is competing to replace [Kevin] Boss as a starter, thinks the unit — and the Giants offense for that matter – will be fine.
"I don’t think it needs to change," Pascoe said about the Giants offense given the loss of Boss’ skill set. "I think we’ll be able to keep rolling right along once our new guys learn the system. When they do, I think we’ll just keep getting better and better.
"Kevin was a great player for us and we’re sad to see him go, but I think the rest of us can step in a kind of pick up where he left off."
Coughlin finds advantage with new practice rules
Believe it or not, Giants coach Tom Coughlin has found something he actually likes about the new rules eliminating the two-a-day practices, allowing only a second 'walk-through' practice.
"The correction part of this thing is much greater than it's ever been before. You're always, in two a days, in a hurry to get to the next, in a hurry to get to the next and I don't think sometimes we do as good a job as we possibly could with the correction part of it. So there isn't any question and I've charted them and between the walk-throughs, the jog-throughs, the separates in practice; we're having, offensively, we're averaging about 104 snaps a day and defensively 118 so you're getting, for example on defense, almost twice as many reps as you're getting on the practice field. So if you really understand what I'm telling you, as I say to the players, if you understand that it's 3-to-1, 4-to-1, whatever you want to say with the number of reps, the mental part of it to the physical with this new CBA, then you understand and can apply yourself so you don't walk out to a jog-through with your mind a million miles away because it is your opportunity to learn, to understand," Coughlin said. "There's different ways to learn. A lot of guys are not great in the classroom but if you take them out and they can visualize it, they look at a tape, they go in the jog-throughs and they walk through it or jog through it, they see it, they learn it. So, I think there's the advantage."