We may have covered the Patriots' signing of TE Jake Ballard ad nauseum here, but has been a main topic of conversation throughout Giants' minicamp. Although Ballard was not scheduled to return due to injury, he was still well-liked and many feel he was signed away by New England simply to spite the Giants.
SNY Insider Mike Garafolo was at TIMEX yesterday with more on the loss of Ballard:
Tom Coughlin, who was clearly irritated over the Ballard situation, said Tuesday's that practice was "pretty sharp". He also commented that CB Corey Webster (hamstring) was being held out so he be ready for training camp. DE Osi Umenyiora was limited because he was "sore" (from what?)...
Below is the transcript of Coughlin's media session commenting on the progress of some first and second-year players:
Prince Amukamara?Prince is making progress, yeah. He is. They are letting him do up to a point and he is out there competing. It is a whole different year for him, really. Since he has had that experience and a lot of that is behind him. He is doing a good job. Hopefully he is going to continue.
One of the things some guys said about him was developing an edge, being more aggressive. Is that the kind of things that he needs to do?That will happen. If he gets himself in position where he is comfortable and knows what he is doing, we have seen that other aspect – the physical part of the play. You saw it, too. As a collegiate player, that is what he was. He was a physical player – he was a corner.
If Rueben Randle can show you the security on punt return, would you be inclined to use him rather than Domenik Hixon?No, we would like to have a committee of guys. And those people that you see out there – Randle has caught the ball well; not always in the best body position as you saw a couple of times yesterday – but from a hand standpoint adjusting to the ball, he has done real well with that. So it is a matter of having three, four or five guys that can do it. And that would allow us to not have just one individual back there. Be able to use Domenik in those situations, and others as well – JJ, trying to get JJ going in that regard. He can help us. Victor can help us back there. He can certainly handle the ball back there as well. So we have four or five guys. We want to keep working those guys.
How about Jayron Hosley?He is back there. I haven’t seen enough of him to make a real good comment about him. But certainly he is back there and he has caught the ball.
Janzen Jackson has been playing a lot of corner. Is that where you project him to be?Both. We expect him to learn and know both, depending on the numbers. We have kind of shuffled the numbers that way because of the corner situation in terms of who is practicing and who isn’t.
How is Tyler Sash’s hamstring?He is progressing. He doesn’t feel like he can fire it right now. And that is why he is not practicing. But it is something that I think he will be ready for camp.
Others have talked about Randle being NFL ready as far as a receiver. The numbers, especially here, say it is very difficult for a rookie to come in as a receiver and put up any kind of numbers. Why is it so difficult?Well, I don’t know that it is anything other than who it is and exactly what circumstance he finds himself in. Randle has demonstrated, not only does he have a pretty good understanding of what we are trying to do, but he has put himself in position where he has made plays. So just keep getting better. Give us more options; that is what we want.
Transcript courtesy Giants Communications Dept