After three weeks of Organized Team Activities, the New York Giants head to the mandatory Mini Camp in an effort to better identify the missing pieces of the 53-man roster to be determined before the season starts. Different from the OTAs, all practices can be attended by the media, and as long as we have important information, we will bring it to you.
The first day ended with a few of the same problems that the Giants faced during the OTAs. As reported by insidefootball.com, Chris Snee will still not be able to participate in any activity due to discomfort on his recently operated elbow. He compared this approach to the NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs, that chose to rest their older players in order to fully maximize their performances during actual games, while still getting leadership and guidance from them in the locker room.
Still on the injury list, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr and Will Beatty won’t participate in any activity either. They are expected to have a full recovery till the training camp, starting July 22nd.
On the good side, both head coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning have praised the team’s defense, being a positive process not only for the defensive team itself, but also for the offense to try and counter their quickness and ability to respond. When the offense / defense war begins, both sides need to be able to execute the plan flawlessly but also adapt and react to what the other side is doing, so this is a win-win situation for the franchise.
Another important thing about the mini camp is that we started seeing the probable future role of the fullbacks – the number of snaps were minimum, signalizing that offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is looking to provide the Giants with a different kind of offense from last year on that regard. John Conner reportedly said that the single back sets are being more used compared to the two-back sets that were used last year (see Fullback Roster Battle).
That’s pretty much it for day 1 – stay tuned, more excitement on the way until July 22nd when the training camp begins.