All the anxiety surrounding the 2014 NFL season made me wish for a while that the training camp could be skipped for the real deal to begin, but after seeing what happened yesterday I’m glad the New York Giants are still on preparation mode. Yes, it’s just day 1, but you know how football fans are.
The first day of Training Camp was as disappointing as it gets with injuries, players leaving early and a “pissed off” coach.
We mentioned a few important aspects of the game that the team should address during camp in order to start the season in a strong manner, but all of that is yet to happen. Eli Manning and the new offense are still in development mode, injuries are not a thing of the past and the rookie Odell Beckham Jr. is not the NFL-ready superstar we wished for yet.
Coach Tom Coughlin stated in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he was pissed off at the fact that so many guys had to leave camp early due to injuries or health issues. As we said yesterday, LB Jameel McClain had to be carted off the field because of a possible foot injury (now it seems it’s just discomfort, so he should be fine). Right Guard Brandon Mosley (one of the possible substitutes for Chris Snee) was also carted off the field with an upset stomach and according to Coughlin himself “two or three more guys came up with cramps and had to be taken inside” – he probably meant Xavier Gamble and Spencer Adkins who had heat related issues. The lack of conditioning and the inability of having a full day’s workout is what pissed the coach off. After so much time getting ready and planning for the camp, not being able to put all his pieces to use must have frustrated him a lot.
The other major upset of the day was rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. who failed to catch a pass from Manning due to a discomfort on the same hamstring that got him out of the OTA’s in the spring and after that was not seen in any 11 on 11 drills for the rest of the day. Coach Coughlin said that the rook still has a long way to go to compete at a high level, but is confident he will do so.
If we can look on the bright side, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted that pass and is looking as strong as we need him to be on the field.
Let’s hope that with so much needed to be done and the limited time to do so the Giants will be able to get fully ready for the season that they have been painting as the comeback season for Eli and the team.