EAST HANOVER, NJ -- A very quiet Giants training camp got mildly disturbed on Wednesday by the shocking news that kicker Josh Brown would be suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. It was surprising enough that the mild-mannered, 37-year-old kicker violated the policy. It was mind-blowing that the reason -- reportedly an arrest on domestic violence charges in May 2015 -- was kept so quiet for so long in the social media age.
Maybe some more on that situation will come out on Thursday as the Giants hold their final practice before they travel to Buffalo for Saturday's game against Rex Ryan's Bills. That will be worth watching. And here are three other things to watch today:
1. Can Victor Cruz's "bounce back" day lead to him actually practicing?
The 29-year-old receiver remains both defiant and sidelined thanks to his nagging groin injury. He worked again on the side on Wednesday, but head coach Ben McAdoo said he had a "bounce back" day and Cruz said "we ramped it up a little bit." What does that mean? Nothing, really, until he gets back to practice and proves this groin injury really is the no-big-deal thing everyone is saying. He's unlikely to play on Saturday, but it wouldn't be ridiculous to let him get a practice under his belt this week so he can try to be a full-go next week -- you know, if he bounced back far enough and ramped things up enough to do it.
2. How is Justin Pugh doing and can Bobby Hart take anyone's starting job?
Pugh, the Giants' starting left guard, missed practice with a bruised shoulder that McAdoo would only say was serious enough to keep him out of practice. Hart, the second-year pro, took his spot with the starters. And though it hasn't made much noise since most assume the Giants' offensive line is set, coaches have praised Hart several times this summer. There was a time when it was thought he'd give veteran Marshall Newhouse a run for the right tackle spot, but that never really seemed like an open competition. It's probably not, but if Hart gets an extended look in Pugh's place and performs well, perhaps the coaches will have to take a second look at him.
3. Who is Tom Obarski, and will he be the Opening Day kicker?
The former Concordia College (Minn.) kicker figured to be just a camp leg, brought in to keep Brown fresh, when New York signed him to a reserve/future deal in January. He spent last summer in Cincinnati Bengals camp and was just doing the usual make-the-camp-rounds thing many kickers do at the start of their career. Then Brown was suspended and now the Giants need a kicker for their opener in Dallas on Sept. 11. Could it be Obarski? And how is he doing in camp so far? It seems much more likely the Giants will scour the waiver wire and bring in a veteran for a one-week rental. But if McAdoo likes this kid, who knows? Maybe he'll give him a shot in a very, very tough spot.