Tom Coughlin was very pleased after the Giants went through their conditioning drills to open training camp – he said all but one unidentified player made his goal weight and the team looked fit.
So begins the battle to become football’s first team to reach a Super Bowl played in its own back yard.
Victor Cruz joined Mike Francesa on Tuesday afternoon after signing a five-year, $43 million contract on Monday, committing his long-term future to the New York Giants.
On Monday, Victor Cruz agreed to a six-year, $45.879 million contract with $15.6 million in guaranteed money. Now, Cruz wants the organization to reward 25-year-old teammate Hakeem Nicks.
“The contract definitely wasn’t an issue, man,” Nicks told Boomer & Carton. “As far as speaking about the past, I really don’t bring it up. I just decided that I had to take care of some things that I needed to take care of.”
After being warned by coach Tom Coughlin that now was not the time to slack off, the New York Giants held their final workout before the start of training camp in late July.
General manager Jerry Reese is not helping head coach Tom Coughlin’s state of mind. Coughlin is not going to put any public pressure on the Giants’ general manager, but he’s annoyed at what’s going on with his wide receivers.
An unapologetic Hakeem Nicks showed up for the Giants’ mandatory minicamp and refused to disclose why he skipped all nine of the team’s recent “voluntary” workouts.
The receiver was a head-scratching no-show for all nine of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. Well, things got mandatory on Tuesday as the Giants opened their three-day minicamp.
This column is going to be boring. This one is about the Giants, which means minimal drama and maximum work even during the offseason program.
Mathias Kiwanuka is going back to being a defensive end for the New York Giants — and as a starter. Kiwanuka was thrust into the role earlier this week when Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.
David Diehl is looking to prove that he’s 100% healthy and always feels he has something to prove.
“Am I disappointed? No, I’m glad,” Coughlin told reporters in a sarcastic tone. “Certainly I am (disappointed). At one point Hakeem told me he was going to be here, and then he was not here.”
Nicks surprised Coughlin Wednesday when he failed to show up for the team’s first voluntary workout. The coach was given no explanation.
If Cruz doesn’t have a deal in time for an on-time arrival for training camp, he’ll be doing himself and the Giants a disservice.