By Paul Dottino
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EAST RUTHERFORD — General manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin often like to pull out motivation tools to inspire the Giants.

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Reese does not enjoy the fact that the Giants have been to the postseason only once — albeit a Super Bowl season — in four years, even though they finished with three winning records and an 8-8 mark. So he is placing a calendar in the locker room that started at 190 on Saturday and will count down the number of days until Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

“All I know is that we’ve been in the playoffs one time in the last four years, and that’s really not acceptable for us,” Reese said before the first practice of training camp Saturday. “That’s not our standards. That’s not what we shoot for. We want to put everybody on notice – myself, everybody is on notice that that’s not our standard.”

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NOTES: LB Aaron Curry – down 15 pounds to 250 – left practice early because of cramping, coach Tom Coughlin said. He was running as on the strong side with the second team – with Dan Connor and Jacquian Williams. Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger were taking first-team snaps. … Jason Pierre-Paul said he’s about 75 percent recovered after off-season back surgery and would not commit to playing in Week 1. … Coughlin was happy with how the secondary defended the deep ball – Prince Amukamara had the only interception of the day but there were numerous passes broken up. … David Diehl was running ahead of first-round RT Justin Pugh. … WRs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz appeared in mid-season form. … Backup Curtis Painter may have had the best day of the four quarterbacks throwing the ball, particularly on short- and medium-range passes. … David Wilson participated in punt return drills, joined by Rueben Randle, Aaron Ross (for a short time), Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan and Jayron Hosley. … Coughlin appeared disappointed that Terrell Thomas (knee) had to start camp on the PUP list. … Second-team defensive line had DEs Damontre Moore (showed quickness) and Adrian Tracy with DTs Johnathan Hankins and Shaun Rogers – now THERE’S THE BEEF!

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