Friday we highlighted Will Beatty's reaction to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride saying the second-year offensive tackle could push Rich Seubert to the bench this season.
Gilbride made it clear he didn't expect Seubert to go easily. In a conversation with Mike Garafolo, Seubert confirmed as much.
"I know what people are saying about some guys getting old. But we don’t talk about that here," Seubert said. "We talk about how we’re going to get better and how we’re going to play.
"And one thing you can’t underestimate is experience and guys playing together and playing together well. Nobody’s happy with last year. We’ll find a way to fix that. ...
"Competition is good. I’ve worked for where I’ve gotten to and I’ve worked for everything I’ve had," said Seubert, a former undrafted free agent. "A little work has never scared me."
If you remember the terrible broken leg Seubert suffered several seasons ago, you know he should never be under-estimated. You love to love Beatty's talent, and in one way hope that it bubbles to the surface. On the other hand, you have to admire and respect Seubert's heart.
- The Giants enter the season with two rookie punters competing to replace Jeff Feagles. Ernie Palladino isn't thrilled by the talk of lowered expectations coming from special teams coach Tom Quinn.
Justin Tuck wanted his teammates to remember a single word as they head off for six weeks of summer vacation prior to the beginning of training camp.
"The word for me today is redemption," the starting defensive end said. "We’ve got a lot to come back and redeem ourselves from last year. I hope they keep that in mind. ...
"We don’t want to start over at training camp. Guys still need to be watching film, we have DVDs to take home, guys still need to be in their package, learning the defense and making sure when we get to camp we pick up where we left off."
- The Wall Street Journal (since when did they start covering sports?) says Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant have given the Giants' secondary an attitude it was missing in 2009.
- Speaking of Rolle, he did not shy away from blaming the turf at New Meadowlands Stadium for Domenik Hixon's season-ending knee injury.
"I was right there when it happened and I saw it right away," Rolle told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday after the Giants' final practice of veterans' minicamp. "And I was like, 'Damn, it don't look good.' He didn't make a cut or anything. It just got caught in the turf." ...
Rolle said he couldn't put his finger on what the turf felt like.
"I don't know what it was," Rolle said. "My feet were burning at the bottom on the turf. I was slipping on each and every play. It just didn't feel good to me at all. I can't lie to you about that. I am not one to really complain or make excuses or anything but they should definitely look into that as far as playing on that field in the future during the season."
Rolle said he initially thought he was the only one who felt a burning sensation in his feet.
"I thought maybe it was just me and my cleats," Rolle said. "But everyone's feet were burning, guys had a hard time gripping, they were getting caught a lot."