The long summer break is making the clubhouse turn and is heading down the stretch. NFL training camps will open next week, ending a six-week drought of non-football activities for most teams. The Giants will report next Thursday, July 28, to the Quest Diagnotics Training Center for physicals and conditioning.
Unfortunately, that means we have one more week of prognostication and conjecture before there is any actual news to report.
The Giants head into camp in pretty good shape. All players are under contract for at least the upcoming season and the injuries are at a bare minimum.
The only injured player on the roster at the moment is RB Orleans Darkwa (leg), who is expected to participate in full come next Friday, the team's first practice. WR Ben Edwards (ACL) is the only player on IR at the moment and the Giants would love to keep it that way.
First-year head coach Ben McAdoo is fully focused and the team has appeared to to rally behind him as the new season approaches. He is determined to have a fit and more physically-able roster this season.
At the end of minicamp in June, McAdoo told reporters what he expects to see from his players when they report next Thursday:
"We set weights and we set body compositions for each guy, McAdoo said. "We take a look at them when they come in, we'll see the progress they make, and then we let them know before they leave and they have to sign off on it with their position coach on the weight and the body composition. They're both important. Different guys want to get a little bit leaner, and that's fine, as long as they can play their position at the necessary weight and body composition. It's not just weight- it's weight and body composition."
The Giants have led the NFL in a category called "adjusted games lost" the past three seasons. In short, the stat calculates how many games key players missed due to injury. That trend has to end if the Giants are to become contenders again.
The team will have many new faces in camp, both on the field and on the sidelines. One of the main additions is the new strength and conditioning coach, Aaron Wellman, who employs several unconventional training methods such as "tire pulls" and "bear crawls."
"Aaron's a guy that is a forward-thinker," McAdoo said this past spring. "He's advanced in the sports performance arena, but he also has an edge to him. He can be tough when he has to be. That's hard to find in this business these days. He's got a nice combination of both. We feel that he'll provide a nice lift to our program."
We will find out shortly if Wellman's regimen can stop the flow of unusual injuries and ailments that have plagued this team the past several seasons.
What also should help is the median age of the club has dropped over the past two seasons. The Giants have only seven players over the age of 30 on their camp roster and three of them are QB Eli Manning, K Josh Brown, and LS Zak DeOssie.