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Wednesday was one of those rare days when Giants beat reporters got to talk on the record with assistant coaches. Usually, only GM Jerry Reese or Coach Tom Coughlin speak with reporters.

There were quite a few interesting tidbits. To me, the most interesting was found in Ernie Palladino's Giants Journal. It's a report on the work new quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer has been doing with Eli Manning. Here's part of Ernie's report.

New quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer has had Manning throwing to stationary targets in the early going of the offseason program. But he said the toughest thing has been the 13 hours he's spent in the film room with the quarterback. They've spent about 28 hours together, total, so far.

"For 13 hours, you sit and you go over 328 plays," Palmer said. "That's a pretty tedious assignment. It was a long, drawn out deal, and we went very, very slow and dissected each play.

"We looked at his footwork coming back, whether his shoulders were open, what his read was. We spent a lot of time on it, and I felt at times it was difficult on him. You've got three quarterbacks in there, and he's the one getting singled out on every play."

Still, Palmer said he's confident Manning can make the next step that is so important to the Giants' success.

"I've been very encouraged," Palmer said. "He's very athletic. Stronger than I'd anticipated. And he's doing a nice job on the footwork and the things we're working on right now."

Read the rest here.

From Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News comes a good quote from new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo about how much he plans to change this season.

"I don't know that the system right now has been completely defined (because) I really haven't had any hands-on work with the guys. Will certainly implement things from down there (in Philadelphia, where he used to work), but in watching the film from the Giants of last year, there were a lot of good things they did here, too. Because the guys are familiar with that, I would hate to abort those kind of things."

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger has some info on the Giants fullback situation.

Newsday's Arthur Staple has lots of quick thoughts from the variety of assistant coaches he spoke with.

It's all interesting stuff, from people we don't get to hear from nearly often enough.