The New York Giants hold their mandatory mini-camp Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Let's take a look at what to expect.
Will Jason Pierre-Paul show up?
This mini-camp is 'mandatory,' but the star defensive end does not have to show up. How is that? Well, Pierre-Paul does not have a signed contract and since he is not under contract can't be fined if he does not participate. Players under contract can be fined $30K per day if they do not attend.
The Giants placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, but the defensive end has not yet signed it. Thus, he cannot be compelled to attend mini-camp.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said of Pierre-Paul that "I expect him to be here." The coach also acknowledged that Pierre-Paul skipping the workouts "could happen." More likely, that is exactly what will happen.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Monday that you "won't see" Pierre-Paul at mini-camp. Other outlets have picked up on that and reported the same.
Will any of the injured players participate?
The Giants had a lengthy list of players on the sidelines during OTAs. That list included:
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), TE Larry Donnell (Achilles tendinitis), Victor Cruz (knee), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (leg), S Nat Berhe (calf).
Will any of those players take the field this week? Beckham almost certainly won't. Why would the Giants risk having him aggravate a tender hamstring now? Donnell was still in a walking boot last week, so he is probably a no-go. Cruz, of course, won't practice. Ayers was injured during the first OTA and hasn't practiced since. No one has said so, but I suspect we won't see him on the field until training camp. Berhe ceded an opportunity to Cooper Taylor by not getting on the field during OTAs. He would seem unlikely to work during mini-camp. As for Moore and Odighizuwa, you would think the Giants would like to see the two young defensive ends (believe it or not, Moore is still younger than the rookie Odighizuwa) get at least a few snaps. No word, though, on whether that will happen.
What are the rules?
Practice rules follow the Phase Three OTA rules. No contact, meaning no blocking, tackling or bump-and-run defensive coverage. No pads, just helmets. Players can be on the field for no more than 3½ hours per day. After this mini-camp. players are off until training camp. No organized activities can be held at team facilities.
NOTE: Practices are closed to the public. Media has access all three days. We will hear from the defensive coaches, including coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn on Tuesday. Offensive coaches, including coordinator Ben McAdoo, will be available on Thursday.
Yours truly will be in attendance, and will be tweeting when I can. Admittedly, though, I'm not as quick on the Twitter trigger as some of my colleagues. Follow along with the list below for practice updates.