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Tom Coughlin Transcript: Giants coach talks Day 1 of OTA

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Tom Coughlin addressed the media Wednesday. Here is much of what he said.


Here are some of the highlights from New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin's meeting with reporters following Wednesday's OTA at the Timex Performance Center. Coughlin touched on Hakeem Nicks' absence, Henry Hynoski's injury, Aaron Curry's opportunity and much more

Q: What is Hakeem Nicks' status?

A: I don't know. He should be here.

Q: Were you expecting him here today?

A: Yeah, sure I did. I expect everybody here. We're trying to get our team better.

Q: Is he not our here due to his physical status?

A: No, but he would have some kind of limitations, I'm sure. Not right away, but that is not the reason.

Q: What is your level of optimism on getting Victor Cruz in here at some point?

A: I'm always optimistic. I'm always looking forward to thinking that when it happens he will be in here and we'll have time to get some work in right now.

Q: Do you think it is going to happen sooner rather than later?

A: You just asked me and I said that I am optimistic. That is all I can tell you.

Q: What happened to Henry Hynoski?

A: He kind of got (his leg rolled up on) and so we are taking a look at that. I said a few prayers and I'll continue until I hear what it is.

Q: What is the secret to bringing in new tight ends? This is going to be the fourth tight end in basically four years. They keep producing, though - every one you bring in. What is the key to that?

A: It is a big part of our offense, obviously. There is no enlightenment about that. But get them in here, get them in the offseason program, get them on the field right now. Let them learn the offense and then work with the quarterback. And that is what we continue to try to do. We have a couple of young kids that it is time for them to get going. And that would help us a lot. It is unfortunate that (Larry) Donnell has the injury and can't go right now, because this would be incredibly valuable time for him.

Q: Could you offer any first impressions of (Aaron) Curry?

A: I haven't seen enough, really. I think he is learning and that has kind of got him a little bit under control.

Q: How much opportunity is there at the linebacker position in terms of jobs?

A: There are plenty of opportunities; everybody has got a great opportunity. There is nothing in concrete there. Matter of fact, I speak about that all of the time. I think it is a great opportunity.

Q: What would you say is the primary mission of the OTAs? Is it familiarity with some of the new guys working? What is the number one mission?

A: Get better; improve; improvement. There is always improvement. Yeah, there are young guys that have to come along, but there are veteran players that there may be one aspect of their game that needs to be improved upon. And we need to get better as a team. We need to get focused again as a team. We have had an awful lot of time away from each other. Now we have a chance to be together again and to get our thinking exactly the same and be on the same page. That is what this is all about is get yourself ready so that coaches can work with the players; get a feel for that. The personnel people can evaluate and see where there may be a need to help a certain area here or there. And allow that the individuals involved in the timing aspect of the game can work together.