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Tom Coughlin said he expected WR Hakeem Nicks at the team's OTA this morning.

Day One of this OTA session is over and the Giants got to see the full mix of rookies, veterans and free agents on the field together for the first time.

Except some were missing. We knew Victor Cruz would not be in attendance, but Hakeem Nicks? He was expected, but did not show.

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The Giants are going through OTAs without star WR Hakeem Nicks, who broke a bone in his foot last week and is out for approximately three months. Nicks believes that he will be back by the first week of training camp, which seems a bit unrealistic given the diagnosis delivered by the medical staff.

In Nicks' absence several former high draft picks will be called upon to fill the void until he is ready to return. Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle will get reps alongside Victor Cruz as well as Domenik Hixon and UDFAs Julian Talley and David Douglas.

Head coach Tom Coughlin fielded questions about his receiving corp from the media today and even though the season is four months away, the coach is moving forward with the plan.....

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OTAs resumed today over at TIMEX and several players were no shows. Chris Canty and Jake Ballard are still recovering from offseason surgeries on their respective knees.

Rookie TE Adrien Robinson was back in Ohio apparently finishing his scholastic responsibilities, while veteran DE Osi Umenyiora was simply dodging his (a reminder ....these workouts are voluntary).

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who will receive a civilian honor tonight from the US Army, said the team would be guests of President Obama at The White House on June 8th.

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The NFL released the full slate of all teams' OTAs and mini camp dates this afternoon. The Giants will open with rookie mini camp next week at TIMEX (May 11-13) and will hold mini camp for the full squad from June 12-14.

OTAs will be held in between the two camps: May 23-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-5 and June 7-8.

*Clubs are permitted to hold a rookie minicamp on one of the first two weekends after the NFL Draft and conduct one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. Clubs with new head coaches, however, are permitted to conduct one additional voluntary minicamp for veteran players. There is no restriction on the number of minicamps a club may hold for rookie players.

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Shockey Hospitalized After "Seizure"

Former Giants' All-Pro TE Jeremy Shockey was taken to the hospital yesterday after suffering what doctors are calling a "seizure".

Shockey, 29, was in the Saints' weight room at their headquarters in Metarie, LA? when he told teammates he felt 'light-headed'.

?It was scary,? teammate Darren Sharper said. ?We didn?t know what was going on.?

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As the saying goes, "You can never have enough pitching."?More appropriately, when it comes to the football Giants,?"You can never have enough defensive players."

After the defense struggled mightily last year, Big Blue turned to Perry Fewell to right the ship. Of course, Fewell has to have the players to make this work, and one thing that?can be taken?out of this week's OTAs is that the Giants have a lot of guys battling for playing time in the revamped system. Competition is a good thing, especially when it involves quality players at vital positions on a defense that allowed 427 points a year ago.

According to today's Daily News, Justin Tuck is one Giant who has bought into the system. Tuck was initially surprised when the Giants selected two defensive linemen (Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph)?in last month's draft, but after seeing them up close this week,?he has a better understanding of?the organization's?thinking.

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Boothe Out Four Months; Boss Needs Ankle Surgery

It wouldn't be a day that ends in Y if we weren't talking about Giant injuries.

OL Kevin Boothe will have surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and will miss four months.? This means he won't be participating in training camp, which means he could either get an injury settlement from the Giants or find himself on IR.? Either way, his 2010 season is not looking good.

TE Kevin Boss will have ankle surgery and miss approximately a month.? That means he won't participate in mini-camp next month, but he should be ready for training camp in July.?

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OTAs Begin Today in East Rutherford

The Giants defense will be the main focus as the full team meets for the first time today since last year's horrific collapse.

Perry Fewell, the new defensive coordinator, will attempt to repair - or better yet, rebuild - a defense that gave up a whopping 427 points last season.

He'll have plenty of questions to answer, lots of holes to fill and dozens of candidates to work with.? All of the injured Giant defenders whose absence sunk the team's ship last season will be in attendance: S Kenny Phillips; DTs Jay Alford and Chris Canty; DE Justin Tuck and Aaron Ross.

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It was a short workout today ? probably one of the shortest I can recall under head coach Tom Coughlin, as this one ran about 50 minutes. There were no 11-on-11s ? instead, they ran mostly 7-on-7s and special teams work .

Everyone was present for this workout, with the usual guys (Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield) being limited. Back at work were LB Michael Boley (hip) and WR David Tyree(groin), both of whom didn?t work last time we had access. Boley told reporters after practice that he was finally able to return to work this week.

Corey Websterwas limited a bit by what Coughlin described as a shoulder ailment, but he said it?s not serious. Also slowed by injury in this workout was CB Aaron Ross, who tweaked his ankle and became a spectator throughout most of the practice. Ross later told me that the injury wasn?t serious.

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Just a quick reminder that there?s open access to tomorrow?s OTAs. This is the last media access day to the OTA program for this year. The players will have one more OTA on Friday, and then will be off next Monday before starting their three-day mini camp on Tuesday (the mini camp is open all three days to the media).?

Once the mini camp is done, the veterans will take their annual summer break while the rookies will stick around to work with the coaches for another week or so.?

By the way, for those wondering, talks have begun with the draft picks, but things wont? start to heat up on that front until probably later in the month. I?ll be keeping a close eye on the signings but a good indication that a rookie has been sign occurs when a player has been cut. (The Giants need to trim six guys from their roster in order to meet the NFL maximum of 80.)

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I promised you a few tidbits from the OTAs that are open to the media, and far be it from me to not deliver. I hope that you were following me on Twitter where I was ?tweeting? updates as they happened from the practice session.

Anyway, to recap a few highlights which I posted over at Inside Football, missing in action was PK Lawrence Tynes, who had been excused by head coach Tom Coughlin to host a charity golf outing that had been planed months in advance.

In terms of injured players, DE Osi Umenyiora and WR David Tyreewere back working and didn?t appear to be limited in any way. Umenyiora, in fact, looked even quicker off the snap than I recall, as he declared himself fit and ready to go.

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I just finished a blog post over at Inside Football about the upcoming OTAs that are open to the press. This week we get access to two sessions, starting with Monday, June 1. Just in time too, as the offense and defense will start working against each other this week.

I'll have an update for you as soon as I can get everything written, transcribed, and edited. . In the meantime, I'd like to remind you that if you want to get instant reports headline style from the workouts as they happen, be sure to follow Inside_Football on Twitter.

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Now that the Giants? off-season conditioning program is over, it?s now time for the team to kick off their OTA program tomorrow.

For those who don?t know, the OTAs (Organized Team Activities) is the first chance for the rookies and veterans to get together and begin learning the fundamentals that they'll work on during the mini camp and then training camp.

For those curious, the media access days are June 1, June 5, and June 9. The OTAs end on June 12 and are followed by the three-day, mandatory mini? camp (to which the press gets full access).

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