The Giants pool report from Wednesday's practice by Peter King of
Sports Illustrated for PFWA
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
New York Giants practice pool report
By Peter King
Pro Football Writers of America
INDIANAPOLIS—Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Jacquian Williams, benefiting from extra time for foot injuries to heal during
the Giants’ bye week, ran well and practiced during New York’s first
Super Bowl XLVI week workout in the practice bubble on the University
of Indianapolis campus.
The Giants, appearing exuberant and loose, practiced for 80 minutes
(following a scripted 30-minute jog-through workout) on the Greyhounds’
FieldTurf practice field—the same surface they’ll play on Sunday
against the New England Patriots. All active and practice squad players
participated in the first team practice since their Saturday session
back in New Jersey, though five players were listed as limited by the
team: Bradshaw, Williams, cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring),
defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) and wideout Hakeem Nicks
(shoulder). All were observed by a pool reporter in the regular part of
practice practicing at close to full speed, though their practice reps
were less than a typical full load.
“This was a good, spirited, uptempo practice,’’ said coach Tom
Coughlin. “There are a few things we will clean up, obviously, and we
want to be better tomorrow and build to our best work on Friday.’’
It seemed the Giants were itching to get back out on the field, the way
they boisterously emerged from a pre-practice stretch and ran from
drill to drill.
am so sick of hearing about the giants d-line.Yes they are good but its
amazing everywhere u look on tv."
play smash mouth and wear down their D-line. The only issue
is the Pats have asked that line to pass protect 60% of the time and
run block 40% meaning they are far more practiced at pass protection."
“I saw that,’’ said Coughlin. “They’ve been excited about getting back
to work for the first time in a few days.’’
Coughlin had said at the Giants’ Wednesday media session that he
expected Bradshaw to sit out the first practice of the week. And he
said he was a little surprised to see Bradshaw practice. Normally, the
veteran running back has used Wednesday to rest and rehab his injured
right foot, but Coughlin said Bradshaw told trainer Ronnie Barnes he
“wants to be a part of this” and wanted to be out at the first practice
of Super Bowl week with his teammates.
“I just hope he’s okay tomorrow,’’ said Coughlin.
On an unseasonably warm (58 degrees) afternoon, the Giants bused seven
miles south of their downtown Indianapolis hotel to the small
university (enrollment 4,081) that plays Division II football for the 4
p.m. practice. The entire Giants traveling party was impressed with the
facilities at the school. It’s rare to see a school this size with a
full 100-yard indoor field, but the Super Bowl host committee and the
university combined to spend $6 million to install the indoor facility
in time for the Super Bowl.
“This is an outstanding facility, absolutely outstanding,’’ said
Coughlin. “What I like about it is that the college teams here have
been working out here all fall, so the turf has been broken in well.
It’s settled in, and it’s in great shape. It’s going to be great for
our players to be able to work out in here all week.’’
The Giants players will have their final media session of the week on
Thursday at their hotel, then return to the university’s practice
facility for another 4 p.m. practice. They’ll also practice here again
Friday, then have a short walk-through workout Saturday in their final
prep work for Sunday evening’s game.
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