Day Two of practice went off without a hitch. Two players reported issues, however. Safety Tyler Sash left the field with cramps and in a more serious moment, WR Hakeem Nicks was attended to on the sidelines and did not return.
I guess he had a little tightness in the groin and they held him. I really don’t know much about it,"Tom Coughlin said. "I went over to find out, and, of course, it’s autograph day, so I really didn’t get much of a response."
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Q: In the team drills, the offense did much better today. Would you say that’s a fair assessment?
A: We didn’t have one on ones yesterday. They did alight today. It’s just getting started. The ball went down the field pretty well in that drill and that’s something we do have to work on.
Q: How important is it for your defense to establish an identity this season and what identity do you want that to be?
A: Physical, New York Giant defense; tough, physical and hard-nosed defense. We’re not that far removed from that and hopefully we’ll get right back to it. You have to get an identity. You have to represent something. You have to be there week in and week out. You have to have that kind of consistency and you have to control the line of scrimmage. You have to stop the run first before you can rush the pass and we’re capable of both, but we’re certainly going to get tested in both areas.
Q: Sometimes the light goes on for a second-year player. Do you see that in Rueben Randle?
A: I’ve seen some good things out of Rueben. Hopefully he’ll keep it up.
Q: You guys drafted him very high.
A: He’s worthy of it and his spring was better and then he came back lighter and he looks good. He seems to be more serious, more intent. He had a lot to learn in that first year and it looks like some of the messages are getting through.
Q: You don’t talk about weight that much with receivers, but was that an issue?
A: No, not at all. But, obviously, he’s decided that he feels like he can be faster or whatever. He always came back at his assigned body weight. A little bit lighter this year.
Q: Andre Brown, another guy, who you said has lost a bit of weight during the offseason.
A: No, I didn’t say it that way. I said he came back. I don’t know what I said, but his weight is good.
Q: Do you see him and David Wilson splitting carries?
A: We’ll see. I’m sure. Sometimes we need three. We’ve had three around here before.
Q: Will Hill got the second suspension. Are you sitting there saying, should we keep him, or is there any doubt that you didn’t want to keep him?
A: I’m not going to go into that. We were disappointed and hopefully Will is going to get his life straightened out.
Q: How have you felt the cornerbacks have been looking?
A: I’m excited to see this camp evolve in that area. We have Aaron Ross back. We’re looking for improvement in our secondary play overall. It’s early, so we’ll see.
Q: You’ve used the word ‘consistency’ or ‘being more consistent’ repeatedly here in the beginning. That can be vague. What specifically do you mean or what specifically do you try to tell the team about …?
A: Fifty-two points, zero the next week. Just a consistent championship level of play. From all aspects.
Jeff Feagles: Coach, you ran a fake field goal. Is there any reason why you would think you have more confidence in No. 5 (Steve Weatherford) than No. 18 (Feagles)?
A: There are a lot of reasons, yes. He can get to the edge, maybe. He didn’t throw it as well as you did, though.