Albany, NY—A steady drizzle dampened the UAlbany field during the New York Giants' practice on a muggy Monday Morning.
It was a relatively nondescript practice, but here are a few highlights:
Defensive tackle Fred Robbins was activated off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and was on the field today.
Though it was great to see Robbins on the field competing and doing well—he got into the backfield on a couple of occasions—I question the decision of putting him on the slick, wet field on Monday. He fell a couple of times because of the field conditions and needed help getting back to his feet.
After practice, coach Tom Coughlin said that Robbins would be limited to one practice a day.
David Tyree started to display some frustration during the morning session. Battling it out for the sixth wide receiver spot, Tyree dropped a couple of balls during the early part of 11-on-11 drills. The usually level-headed receiver reacted by slamming his helmet to the ground.
Tyree recovered and made some nice grabs later in the session.
"Hopefully he's working his way back," Coughlin said of Tyree.
Tyree is competing with Sinorice Moss, who showed up Monday and continued his impressive August.
Moss and Eli Manning connected on two nice plays during practice. The former Miami Hurricane ran a nice deep route to get by Terrell Thomas, and Manning delivered the ball 35 yards downfield. Later on, Moss ran a quick route, reached out and grabbed a bullet from Manning, before stepping out of bounds.
As I've mentioned before, it's nice and dandy to see Moss playing well in practice. Now it's time for his skills to show up during the season.
David Carr, once again, had a rough practice. On one of the first plays of practice, Carr saw a receiver in the middle and tried to fit a ball in between four defenders. Chase Blackburn caught the ill-advised throw and took it the other way.
Carr continued to miss receivers during the day.
I believe Carr's spot is relatively secure; Coughlin will want a veteran quarterback to back up Manning. This just means that the Giants can't afford an injury to Manning.
Andre Woodson threw the second interception of the morning session. He tried to connect with Derek Hagan who slipped and fell on the wet terrain. Kevin Dockery then stepped up and intercepted the pass.
Stoney Woodson made some plays during the session. The seventh-round draft pick from South Carolina made a nice play in coverage, stepping up to knock away an under-thrown Andre Woodson pass to Ramses Barden. Woodson was beat on a couple of occasions, but also displayed solid abilities in coverage.
In a crowded defensive backfield, every play makes a difference. I'm sure Woodson knows that.
The competition for the third running back spot is starting to heat up as well.
Trying to match Danny Ware, who has performed admirably this month, rookie Andre Brown broke off a couple of nice runs this morning. On one run in particular, Brown, who has adequate speed, broke outside and ran by the defense for a 20-plus yard run.
Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Osi Umenyiora, Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, and Aaron Ross were among the 11 Giants that sat out this morning.