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Cooper Taylor sidelined by sports hernia, more Giants OTA news

Taylor fighting for roster spot with group of young safeties

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Cooper Taylor pressures Cam Newton in a 2015 game
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The New York Giants completed their first OTA of the 2016 offseason on Monday. Let's begin today by looking at a few items we haven't touched on, including an injury.

Cooper Taylor out until training camp

Cooper Taylor, hoping to cling to a roster spot after three disappointing seasons with the Giants, will be sidelined at least until training camp after surgery to repair a core muscle. NJ Advance Media reported that Taylor had suffered a sports hernia.

A fifth-round pick in 2013, Taylor has played in only 16 games with no starts. Injuries have always been part of Taylor's story.

  • In 2013, shoulder and hamstring injuries kept him out of games and off the practice field.
  • in 2014, a preseason foot injury landed him on injured reserve for the entire season.
  • In 2015, Taylor was waived, brought back and then -- when it finally appeared he might see legitimate playing time -- suffered a season-ending concussion.

The Giants drafted safety Darian Thompson in the third round. Also, young safeties Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson, Mykkele Thompson and Justin Currie are all back after missing 2015 with injuries. Thus, Taylor faces a difficult fight to stay on the roster. This, obviously, won't help.

[Damon Harrison buys a house for his mom]

Practice periods with historic names

Ben McAdoo's practices have "periods" such as tackling, blocking and ball security. He has leaned on Giants' history to give those fancy names like the "LT Period" for tackling, a ball security/takeaway drills called "The Duke" after legendary owner Wellington Mara and a blocking drill named for long-time Giant Chris Snee.

“The game is about the ball,” McAdoo said. “The game is about blocking and tackling, and the more we can do to emphasize those three things, it’s more important. In those three areas, this organization has a lot of rich tradition in each of those three areas. Putting names to the periods, putting a face with the period and with ball security and with tackling and with blocking, I think it hits home with players.”

[McAdoo is "over" being new at his job]

Manning understands patience with Victor Cruz

While you might think Eli Manning would be anxious to see Victor Cruz on the field and to begin throwing passes to a player who has missed the last 26 games, Manning said Monday he is fine with the patient approach the team has taken in Cruz's effort to come back.

“It’s not hard,” Manning said. “You just understand we’ve got to get him healthy. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is being smart and everybody is understanding that he’s had several injuries and surgeries and a tough past. Just make sure you’re being smart with his workload and we’ve got to make sure we get him to training camp. When the doctors and everybody say he’s cleared and ready to go or if he can do this and certain things, then it’s a good thing.”