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Giants begin first day of training camp practice
The first practice is set for 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. It is free and open to the public. Here is the practice schedule with position group autographs:
Today will be a chance to catch the wide receivers (pun intended). That means Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and maybe even the newest New York Giant, James Jones, will be signing autographs.
We'll have live updates on the site for all of you to follow here. Stay tuned for more!
Victor Cruz draws inspiration from Michael Jordan
In 1993, the greatest basketball player ever retired after winning three championships to pursue a professional baseball career. But in 1995, Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls and donned a #45 jersey because the team retired his famous #23. So when Cruz came to the Giants' first day of training camp in Jordan's #45 jersey, it was a signal that the Pro Bowl wide receiver is back and ready to work.
"The return was definitely on my mind. When Jordan came back wearing the four-five, he wasn’t playing with people, so that is kind of the symbolism."
Cruz said he was at "93 percent" coming into training camp, but he is hopeful that he is 100 percent when the Giants face the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener on September 13.
In a story posted Thursday night on Big Blue View, Cruz spoke participating in the conditioning test on Thursday.
"This was an important day," Cruz said. "A, because I just wanted to get here, get back in front of my teammates, get back in front of the coaching staff and talk to them and show them the work I have been putting in. Tomorrow is obviously another obstacle in getting out there on the field, doing some routes and being a part of the team again, so I am excited, man. I have been counting down this time 10 months ago and I’m excited to get back out there."
Eli Manning's agent Tom Condon is "asking for the moon," says owner John Mara
According to Mara, though, this is all normal procedure. Both sides expect to get a contract extension signed, sealed and delivered in the near future. Manning is set to make $17 million dollars this season and will count against the cap for nearly $20 million. A new deal could raise Manning's annual salary to more than $20 million.
"We're just going through the usual things that you go through. The agent asks for the moon and we make a reasonable offer. At some point, he'll come to his senses and we'll end up making an agreement. There's nothing unusual about this."
Safety might be the most intriguing camp battle to watch.
Yahoo takes a look at how the Giants could win the NFC East.
Around the NFL
Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson might be in boiling hot water after being charged for multiple traffic violations. Richardson was caught on a police radar going at 143 miles per hour. He has already been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Former Saints pass rusher Junior Galette, who was recently released following several off-the-field issues, is currently visiting the Redskins. According to ESPN's John Keim, six other teams are interested in the 27-year old.
Former Giants linebacker Keith Rivers is retiring from the NFL. He is 29 years old.