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Players noticing change in Coughlin

Much was made during the off-season about Tom Coughlin's desire to relate better to players. Well, it seems to be working. Giants players have noticed a difference in Coughlin during training camp.

Rookie wide receiver Steve Smith continues to draw praise for his work throughout training camp.

The Giants lost backup tight end Darcy Johnson when he partially an ACL Tuesday morning. That means the Giants are now without an experienced blocking tight end behind Jeremy Shockey. My guess is this opens a roster spot for Michael Matthews, a 270-pound rookie free agent from Georgia Tech who can also play fullback.

Eli Manning is quietly showing more leadership this season.

Will Demps has been working with the second team throughout camp. A starter at safety last year, Demps has been playing like a guy who wants his job back.