The New York Giants took the field under warm skies on Thursday morning, but they were once again without wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. However, those weren't the only two missing on this day, as both Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, the team's starting defensive ends, were also missing in action. However, the team was aware neither would be attending today and both are expected back on Saturday.
"Certainly, I am [disappointed]," Head coach Tom Coughlin said of Nicks' absence, adding that No. 88 had informed him he'd be here at "one point."
In the absence of the two defensive ends, Mathias Kiwanuka and Adrian Tracy saw increased reps. Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, Jerrel Jernigan stepped up and looked good early, but eventually headed to the sidelines to have his thigh/hamstring wrapped in ice. The severity of his injury is not yet known.
Speaking of injuries, cornerback Terrell Thomas once again sat out of practice despite being cleared to participate, and was joined by center David Baas and guard Chris Snee. Linebacker Jacquian Williams however, took part in individual drills as he continues to work his way back from a PCL injury.
In the absence of Snee, James Brewer once again slid inside to right guard, while David Diehl started at right tackle. Jim Cordle also saw reps at center in place of Baas.
New addition, linebacker Kyle Bosworth, saw reps at MIKE and even made a really nice play chasing down rookie running back Michael Cox, who has shown some blazing speed. He was joined by wide receiver Brandon Collins and Prince Amukamara, who also had a tremendous late-May practice. Wide receiver Jeremy Horne also deserves a tip of the cap for a solid practice.
Photo Credit: Mike Gannon
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