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New York Giants' news, 7/28: Snee expects to play in pre-season

Leftover notes from Saturday's first practice of training camp.

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Veteran guard Chris Snee is currently on the PUP list as he continues to recover from off-season hip surgery. Snee, however, said Saturday that he "absolutely" believes he will be off the PUP list in time to see some pre-season action.

"I still need to get in the preseason games and get those reps. I wouldn’t feel comfortable going into a regular season opener without having played some preseason games," Snee said. "Now, do I want to take 40 snaps a game? No. But I need to get some practice reps and some game reps. I’ll get those in."

Snee said he isn’t surprised that he ended up beginning training camp on PUP

"There’s no reason to rush things now," he said. "I knew the timeline would be close and that’s why you always set your goal tentatively for the start of camp but I’m not 100 percent, so why rush back?"

New Giants fullback Ryan D’Imperio, a former linebacker for Rutgers, knows the reason he has an opportunity with the Giants is because of the injury to Henry Hynoski.

"All I can do is my best and come out here and work as hard as I can and whatever they have in mind, that’s what I have to go with," D’Imperio said. "Henry Hynoski is a great fullback. It’s tough with what he went through and I’m here to do whatever they need and to be the guy."

Running back Andre Brown is trying not to worry about any perceived competition for playing time with David Wilson.

"I’m just going to leave it up to the coaches. That’s my mindset right now. I’m going to just go out here, prove myself, again, like I have every year, and compete. That’s all you can do and that’s all you can ask for, just an opportunity to be a running back in this offense," Brown said. "I already know what it is and I’m looking forward to going out here and producing."

Linebacker Aaron Curry has lost 15 pounds since signing with the Giants and now checks in at 250. He looked to be moving well on Saturday before leaving practice with a cramp.

"I'm relaxed. I'm just going to go out there and have fun. My only concern is just to have fun and do all of the right things and do what they ask me to do. But if I'm not having fun, I'm kind of wasting time," Curry said.

Head coach Tom Coughlin admitted to being "frustrated" by Terrell Thomas beginning camp on the PUP list.

"The sooner he can get out there, the better off we'll all be," Coughlin said. "And he came in fully feeling like he could start right out in practice and just wasn't able to do that right away. We'll be patient, but know full well that we're all excited the moment he gets a chance to come out and practice and we get a sense of where he is, how he's going to be and that type of thing."

Center David Baas took part in practice Saturday, working in individual drills. Baas, who had multiple off-season surgeries, did not work during the pre-season.

"I felt like with everything I've been through, I wanted to get out there and get back working with my teammates and get some of this rust off," Baas said. "It's been a while. I think it went okay today after not taking an actual football snap since the end of the season. I can definitely get better. But it was a great feeling to kind of get a gauge of how my body feels and get to work out there."

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