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New York Giants news, 7/25: Training camp notes, quotes

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New York Giants headlines for Friday, 7/25.

Mathias Kiwanuka
Mathias Kiwanuka
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans! With training camp in full swing, there are plenty of things to discuss. So, let's get right to it.

Our Day 3 training camp roundup included lots of info from several sources around the Inter-Google. 'Kudos' to Mike Fiammetta for picking that up.

The first "unofficial" depth chart of training camp included some surprises.

Tom Coughlin is happy about the enthusiasm being shown by Jason Pierre-Paul, but not so happy with the hamstring injury Odell Beckham Jr. is dealing with.

Giants' defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka is the team's longest-tenured defensive lineman. Kiwanuka played with Michael Strahan, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a few days, and feels the responsibility of carrying on his legacy.

"It's in that same vein of when I leave this building, wanting to be proud of what I did," Kiwanuka said. "I know he's proud of what he did and we're all proud of him, but I want to continue that legacy. And there is a lot of pressure. There's pressure from him, there's pressure from everybody who came before him especially based on what we did -- and didn't -- do last year."

Life is much better for Giants' running back Rashad Jennings than it used to be.

"I’ve had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that’s really where my drive is from," Jennings said Thursday. "I was the dorky kid, overweight, glasses, the 0.6 GPA. Asthma. "I had to really work out and because of that I am appreciative of how much I had to learn."

At the risk of starting up the whole David Tyree discussion again, Sports Illustrated has a terrific piece in which gay former NFL player Wade Davis talks about his friendship with Tyree and the former Super Bowl hero's evolving attitudes on the subject of homsexuality. Here is a great paragraph that should put to rest the idea that Tyree would be unable to fairly work with a gay player:

I spoke with David last night, and he asked me to quote him in this piece. He said, "My interactions with Wade over the past few months are much more representative of my current beliefs toward the gay community than some tweets from several years ago. Christianity teaches us love, compassion, and respect for our fellow man, and it is in that light that I will continue to work with Wade and others to better serve the gay community. I would absolutely support any player on the Giants who identified as gay, in any way I could. And I will continue to stay in touch with Wade to ensure I am aware of the right ways to do that."

Former Giant Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon Thursday during the Baltimore Ravens' conditioning test, meaning his career might be over.

Other Stuff

-- Two Hall of Famers – Giants linebacker Harry Carson and Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly - will take part in the pre-game coin toss when their former teams meet a week from Sunday in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The two Hall of Famers will serve as honorary captains for their former teams.

-- Former Giants Amani Toomer, Howard Cross, Jeff Feagles and Deon Grant all watched practice.

-- After three practices in shells, the Giants will wear shoulder pads for the first time on Friday. They will be off on Saturday and then practice in full pads on Sunday.