In yet another unfortunate component of the New York Giants free-agency/off-season woes, wide receiver, Steve Smith, has (as most have heard by now) been rehabbing following microfracture surgery on his knee. Smith is currently a free-agent and, despite two days of meetings with the Giants front office, remains one to date.
The meeting with Giants brass and coaching staff did go well, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. He reported that Coughlin was optimistic, but realistic about Smith’s timetable for returning to the field, saying:
“It went well. He seemed really upbeat, the guys were excited to see him…It’s going to be kind of a long haul for Steve, so hopefully we can cut through some of that and see where it goes. It was good, though.”
Because Smith and the Giants organization are foreseeing a long road ahead, there is not yet a new contract in place for Smith…and it doesn’t seem as though Smith has taken issue with that course of action.
Down the line, though, when asked about the possibility of Smith missing an entire season, Coughlin responded:
“I don’t know about that. I wouldn’t say that at all…As far as I know it’s August and he’s got a ways to go. He’s feeling good, feeling better, doing more, progressing better.”
Regardless of how this shakes out, the Giants are a far better team with Smith on the field. His chemistry with Eli Manning has always been on-point and his presence takes a substantial amount of attention from other Giants receivers, like Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.
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