With the upstate portion of training camp officially over, the Giants are back in New Jersey where they can sleep tight in their own beds for the rest of the year. The mattresses at UAlbany were being blamed for just about everything, from being too small to even being the cause of back injuries.
“We’re big humans. Every bed is small,” TE Martellus Bennett told reporters yesterday. “You can’t put a damn dinosaur in a twin-sized bed. ... A normal-sized human jumps into a regular-sized bed and it fits perfectly. Large, big humans jump in a regular-sized bed, the bed’s too small. My back doesn't hurt. My back feels great. I have a great back."
Others, such as OT Will Beatty and DT Linval Joseph had complaints about the mattresses, but both believed they will be fine once they got back home.
On the injury front, DT Shaun Rogers (blood clot) and DL Martin Parker (herniated back disc) were ruled out for the season by the team. The Giants signed journeyman DT Carlton Powell to fill one of the open roster spots.
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) will resume practicing in full on Monday with the team. League rules prohibit him from practicing with the club until then - he has to wait three full practices after being activated from the PUP list. WR David Douglas (quad) sat out again and WR Ramses Barden (ankle) also missed practice, prompting the annual questions about his durability....
"He’s had that problem with his ankle and foot combination. He had a little trouble feeling really strong off of that one foot so they held him today. I hope that’s it," Tom Coughlin said.
Others not practicing in the final workout at UAlbany: LB Michael Boley (hamstring), CB Michael Coe (hamstring) and LB Jacquian Williams (hip). Also missing in action again was DE Justin Trattou, whose heel is still healing. No word on when anyone will return. DT Marvin Austin was in NYC geting tested for his back, which had acted up overnight. Coughlin appeared concerned, given all the recent injuries to his defensive line.
"I’m praying that when the phone call comes, it’s a good one - that it can be controlled and all that business. But I haven’t heard a word, not since he left," Coughlin said of Austin. He then commented on the sudden lack of depth at the position...
"I’ll say this to you. I thought we were as deep there as we were at any position on the team and it’s not that way right now."
The issue can be partially resolved by activating DT Chris Canty from the PUP list. In interviews yesterday, Canty was not sure if and when that would happen.
Coughlin offered some solace to the faithful by lauding the play of DT Dwayne Hendricks, who had two sacks and another tackle for a loss against Jacksonville:
"He can see that there’s opportunity. He goes a million miles an hour. I have the utmost respect for that kid; that kid works his ever-loving off. As a matter of fact, I use him as an example. If you’re going against him, you better be going full speed or he’s going to make you look bad. I’d love to see him play well in the games. Like the other night, he’s smart enough to figure out how to beat somebody and he did that a couple times the other night and made plays."
The LoudMouths debated the Giants' thinning corp of defensive lineman on the air yesterday...