Brian Witherspoon was injured today. According to Tom Coughlin, it is believed to be an ACL tear. If so, that would be his second ACL tear in as many years. Apparently Witherspoon is thought of as a good guy. Tough break. There’s a good chance his NFL career is over.
Some house cleaning:
1′s at LB are as follows: Michael Boley is the WILL, Chase Blackburn is the MIKE, and Mathias Kiwanuka is the SAM. The 2′s were Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich, and Jacquian Williams.
Domenik Hixon and Jerrel Jernigan were the 2′s at WR. Ramses Barden and Reuben Randle were the 3′s.
OK, the good stuff:
- Martellus Bennett is listed at 6’6, 270. We can see those numbers and know that he’s a big guy. But sometimes you don’t really grasp how enormous a player is until you see him in 3D. Bennett is one of those guys. I hadn’t really planned on paying too much attention to Marty, but I wound up watching him quite a bit. His athleticism is everything as advertised. It’s impressive how well he moves for a guy his size. However, (and I’ll say this bluntly)… His route running sucks. On 2 consecutive plays, I watched him run a little 10 yard stop. Both times, he got to his spot quickly, but executed a very lazy turn back to the QB. I could have flipped around more quickly. On that kind of route, when you hit your spot, you want to turn your body sharply back to the QB and give him a big target. Bennett’s turns were slow and lazy. In a weird way, I think this should be looked at as a positive. From what I saw, Bennett’s deficiencies are fixable. Last year, the Giants took a complete unknown in Jake Ballard and turned him into a guy that would contribute 604 receiving yards. In terms of pure talent, Ballard doesn’t touch Bennett with a 10 foot pole. It’ll be interesting to see what the Giants can do with him.
- Speaking of TEs, the one guy that really did want to see today, wasn’t there. That would be Adrien Robinson. His college, Cincinnati, is still is school, so no Robinson just yet.
- In 11 on 11′s, a RB I didn’t recognize exploded through the hole. Before I could see his number, my first thought was “That has to be David Wilson.” Sure enough, it was. Eli Manning talked about Wilson after practice. Eli and I seem to be on the same page:
“You see talent and you see speed, and quickness, so those are obviously important things. But for a running back it’s learning technique, footwork. Protections are going to be a big deal, knowing what to do. If I’m changing protections and changing plays, is he going to be ready for that? And also routes. Routes versus every concept, knowing where to be and all those things. Those things are what usually take the longest and sometimes holds up a running back from getting on the field.”
Continued after the jump…
- Eli Manning is obviously a guy nobody in NY is worried about, and he’s basically Teflon right now, but he threw some ugly looking ducks today.
- Jayron Hosley is smooth. Natural ability. Smooth footwork, no wasted motion. Right now, he’s buried with the 3′s, but this kid definitely has talent.
- I like that the Giants spend a fair amount of time working on back shoulder throws. I’ve never seen a lot of that at Eagles practice. It’s a play that demands timing and the QB/WR being on the same page. Difficult to execute, but when you get it down, it’s nearly impossible to defend.
- Giants practices are extremely efficient. Great tempo. I’ve seen four NFL coaching staffs run practices: The Eagles, Redskins, Vikings and Giants. The Giants do the best job of not wasting any time, by far.
- It’s always interesting to me to see the personalities of the players off the field. Highly impressed by Terrell Thomas. Politely answered questions with his hands folded for about 10 minutes.
- This has nothing to do with Giants practice, but when I heard that the NFLPA is suing the NFL for collusion, my immediate thought was “Eff. Effing eff. I have no interest in educating myself on all the legalities of this stuff.” You almost have to have a law degree to be an NFL fan. It sucks. I think I’ve made the executive decision to flatly ignore all this legal garbage, even though the Cowboys and Redskins are at the core of these issues. We’re going to talk about football here, not legal bullshit.