The New York Giants hold their second practice of mandatory mini-camp on Wednesday. Here are some notes as you wait for today's 11:05 a.m. practice.
State Of The Offense
Everyone wants updates on how the Giants' offense is looking as they continue working on mastering the new offense being installed by first-year coordinator Ben McAdoo. Quarterback Eli Manning said the offense is making progress.
"This is really the third or fourth time we’ve gone over the beginning of the installation of the offense and so it should be second nature to us now. Calling plays, everyone should know what they’re doing, no mistakes, playing a little bit faster, getting up to the line of scrimmage quicker, getting the ball snapped and not as much thinking. I think we did a pretty good job today, I thought the tempo was good. It was hot, a lot of plays but I thought we had a good tempo and feel a little more confident with everything that’s going on, with the adjustments, with the changing of the plays. Everything is happening a little quicker so I think that’s positive.
"We're getting better, we're getting where we need to be but we're still fine-tuning a few things."
How is Manning's comfort level in the new offense, the first he has had to learn in his 11-year career?
"I'm still thinking some out there and trying to make things right, you kind of have to slowly think through it the first time you're doing some things but overall I feel good about where I am now," Manning said.
Beatty Targeting Training Camp Return
Will Beatty is confident he will return during training camp from the broken leg he suffered during the final game of the 2013 season. The left tackle is just vague about exactly what "camp" means.
"It's camp," Beatty said. "They're not saying what day of camp, but they're telling me that when this break comes Thursday, you're preparing yourself to get ready to come back on the 21st (of July). They're not putting any numbers out there in my head, but they're making sure I'm ready, because we have five preseason games, which leads to our advantage with a new offensive system in play. So an extra preseason game is going to work toward our advantage and make sure I can do as much as I can, so I get out there and it's not like, ‘This is all new.' "
Around The Inter-Google
"If we are going to be playing on these contracts, make them contracts," Kiwanuka told The Star-Ledger Tuesday. "Either that or everyone sign a one-year deal every year and we'll do it that way. It's not fair to be locked in somewhere and have that place say that we've decided not to honor the rest of the deal. I don't think it is a contract by definition if one side can opt out of it at any point and the other has no recourse."
Kiwanuka said he was "very angry and very upset" for a while this offseason, but is confident he won't let it impact his performance. Over his eight seasons with the Giants, he has been counted on by the defense to constantly toggle between defensive end and outside linebacker. He played linebacker during minicamp again today with the position in flux following Jon Beason's injury last week and has been one of the starting defensive ends throughout OTAs. He also came back after a potentially career-ending spinal injury.