The Giants resume OTAs today out at TPC and run through the end of the week. It is scheduled to be up near 90° tomorrow and Friday.
What to expect: not Victor Cruz , that's for sure. Hakeem Nicks will most likely be in attendance after diffusing the chatter that he missed a session last week as a result of a contract issue.
With FB Henry Hynoski (knee) on the shelf indefinitely, the Giants will be tipping their hand at FB this week. Most likely it will be TE Bear Pascoe, but they may show some other wrinkles as well. In order for Pascoe to be a vialble replacement for Hyno, Adrien Robinson and/or Brandon Myers must prove they can handle the blocking assignments at TE.
C David Baas and G Chris Snee will be watching as they continue to recover from offseason surgeries. Snee won't be ready until training camp. Baas will probably be out there sooner. DT Markus Kuhn and CB Terrell Thomas will probably sit out team drills today as well. Not sure if LB Jacquian Williams (knee) will be participating this week. He may just stick to individual drills for now.
Last week, James Brewer took Snee's reps at guard. He had been predominately used at tackle in the past, so this was news. Jim Cordle continued his role as Bass' backup. First round pick Justin Pugh did not play with the "ones", but got plenty of reps with the backups. He lined up at RT most of the time.
The Giants' LB competition is getting ready to heat up this summer. The MLB spot was once thought to be between Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor, but Aaron Curry may see some reps now, too. The Giants would like to see Williams and Rivers on the outside in their base defense and Curry, who has played mostly OLB hia whole career, is not as quick as either of those two.
The team will be looking to get some of their newer players into the groove again. One of those players, WR Louis Murphy, will be sporting his downfield speed again. The Giants are excited to have a legitimate deep threat, a speed merchant, in their WR arsenal these days. But as Paul Schwartz of The Post wrote today, Murphy needs to win the coaches, and Eli Manning, over this summer for this facet of the offense to come to fruition:
The potential to stretch the field is why Murphy is on board. He has kicked around the NFL since 2009, when the Raiders made him a fourth-round draft pick out of Florida. Three years and 57 games (24 starts) with the Raiders and last season with the Panthers produced 115 catches for 1,707 yards and seven touchdowns, with Murphy never really establishing much of anything other than that he was very fast and not very consistent.
Murphy flashed his great speed last week (4.34 in the 40-yard dash coming out of college) in his first organized team activity practice with the Giants, running past cornerback Corey Webster for what turned into a 50-yard reception on a perfectly-lofted pass from Eli Manning.