The New York Giants finally get out of their "underwear," as defensive line coach Robert Nunn described the shorts and t-shirts they have been practicing in and get into some real football equipment on Tuesday. The Giants will break out the shoulder pads for the first time during 2013 training camp this afternoon at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The team will be off on Wednesday and will go full pads for the first time on Thursday.
"We need that," head coach Tom Coughlin said Monday afternoon. "You get to this point and, quite frankly, they bang on each other more than they're supposed to and no matter how many times you talk about hands and feet, there are a lot of shoulders. So we need the protection of that, especially as they get more and more aggressive."
Here are a couple of things to watch.
- How much will Hakeem Nicks do? The wide receiver has been limited by a groin issue the past couple of days.
- Line play. In shorts and t-shirts line play is difficult to judge. In pads, even just shoulder pads, there is more contact and hopefully an opportunity to get a better read on the linemen. Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore, impressive in his "underwear," will be a player to keep an eye on.
- Rueben Randle and Prince Amukamara. The two young players had quite the 1-on-1 battle Monday. Will it continue today?
- Quarterbacks not named Eli Manning threw an ugly five interceptions on Monday. Can they throw the ball to the guys in correct color jerseys today. Fellas, if you're reading the offense is in WHITE and those guys in BLUE are on the other side.
Be sure to stop back again after practice for your post-practice breakdown.
[NOTE: I did a half-hour on MTR Radio talking Giants Tuesday morning. Check out the podcast on ITunes or at mtrradio.com/]