ESPN New York has released their Giants training camp preview, and the main article talks about how the Giants want to get back to playing physical football, which they believe they got away from last year. I know it's the type of stuff football coaches and players say, but to me, being physical wasn't the problem last year - the problem was a lack of talented, healthy football players. CC Brown was plenty physical, he just wasn't any good at actually covering anybody. If the Giants hope to make the postseason this year, they'll need a healthy Justin Tuck playing like he did two years ago, Keith Bulluck to step in and make a difference at linebacker, and Antrel Rolle to do the same in the backfield. Hopefully Osi will be effective despite his hip injury and Kenny Phillips will be able to get back on the field and contribute as well. Because, ultimately, if you don't have good players out there, it doesn't matter how physical you are, you're going to get beaten.
A few more links from the ESPN camp preview:
- Ohm Youngmisuk looks at the Giants offensive line, and determines that they may be old, but they're still pretty good.
- Johnette Howard says that Tom Coughlin can't afford any meltdowns this season.
- Apparently it was Michael Strahan who convinced Bullock to sign with the Giants. I've said it many times before, but I love Strahan.
- ESPN has also previewed each position for the Giants, picking out a player to watch, a wild card, and some analysis. Check them out: QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, DB, ST
Just in case you were afraid I was only going to be linking you to the Worldwide Leader this morning, here's a few more links to spread the love around:
The New York Post has 5 questions with Antonio Pierce
The Long Island Press says that Tom Coughlin is ready for camp after last year's disastrous finish
Finally, the Star-Ledger has a summer questionnaire with BBV favorite Ramses Barden.