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Not much going on this week, so we’re just going to take a look around the ‘Net and see what tidbits are trickling out of Organized Team Activities.
–Beat writer extraordinaire Mike Garafolo had a few interesting notes from yesterday’s workouts. On the rosy side, Perry Fewell got all fired up when Phillip Dillard made a stop in the backfield, while Ramses Barden made another spectacular springtime catch. On the not so rosy side, Osi Umenyiora was sitting out with a hip injury (Ralph Vacchiano adds that it’s “minor” and he’s “been dealing with it all spring.”
–Speaking of Vacchiano, he had some observations from practice too. With many eyes on Dillard, the young MLB got “some work” in with the second team (I’m guessing Chase Blackburn got the rest of the second team reps), while Jon Goff filled the role with the first team defense. Apparently Guy Whimper was working at Guard ahead of Rich Seubert, and both Garafolo and Vacchiano indicate Whimper could be plugged in at Guard if necessary. Oh, and Rocky Bernard (like Seubert) played through a torn rotator cuff last year, so perhaps that’s why he was so useless. More from Rocky:
Surgery was an option, but Bernard said he decided to push through it and “I just tried to do a lot of rehab stuff to keep it strong, because it was so weak.” It never got better and two cortisone injections didn’t offer anything other than temporary relief. “It’ll be as good as I can get it,” Bernard said. “I feel I’ll be back to doing a lot of the things I was doing in Seattle. There were a lot of expectations when I came over here, so I definitely want to live up to those expectations.”
–Giants.com came through with video of some post-practice player interviews. Ramses Barden comes across as an extremely likable fellow, and said last year’s experience riding the pine taught him “patience” (how could it not?) and helped him develop a comfort level. Aaron Ross is so “excited” to be back on the field, he’s run into an extremely rare condition called “happy feet.” No word from the league on if the Giants will have to list Ross’ “happy feet” on the injury report. Eli Manning sounds comfortable with new QB coach Jim Sullivan, and told the reporters (in so many words) to stop crying about a possibly cold weather Super Bowl. Ahmad Bradshaw is working through soreness, hasn’t had any setbacks and thinks he’ll be “100%” ready by minicamp.
–With all eyes on Perry Fewell, here’s what Aaron Ross had to say about him and his attempt to transition this defense:
“It’s a nice transition. He’s a players coach. He comes in, sits down in meetings with us even when the assistant coaches are coaching us…he’s back there listening, writing, taking his notes, doing everything he need to do to join in and mend in with the team.”
Sure, it’s kind of a stock answer, but Ross’ comments allude to a different relationship between this year’s defensive players and their coordinator than we saw last year.
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