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Coughlin stumped Nicks not at Giants workouts

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who created a stir last week when he wasn't present for the start of organized team activities, remains a no-show at the voluntary workouts, which has head coach Tom Coughlin stumped.

"I have not, no," Coughlin said when asked if he's heard from Nicks. "As far as I know, no one has."

"Am I disappointed? Certainly I am," Coughlin said, adding. "At one point Hakeem told me he was going to be here and then he was not here. Everyone knows it's a voluntary program."

Coughlin sounded as if he wished these sessions were mandatory.

"It would be great to have all of our guys working and feeling good about the progress we're making as a team," he said. "I can complain all I want, but nevertheless, it is our system."

With fullback Henry Hynoski out indefinitely due to a knee injury. The Giants have gone back to a tried-and-true fallback plan to hold down the fort.

That would be tight end Bear Pascoe, who first began playing the position back in 2010 when then starter Madison Hedgecock had to miss time due to a hamstring injury. Pascoe has been taking most of the snaps at fullback for the Giants since Hynoski was injured in the opening OTA on the second play from scrimmage.

"We're very confident that Bear, no matter what role we place him in, he does an outstanding job," said Coughlin. "Bear has had opportunities to play in that slot -- the B tight end, the Y tight end and he's always done a nice job. He's a guy who will learn it and will be very much into what's happening."

But that doesn't mean that the Giants, who earlier in the week reportedly worked out free agent fullbacks Tony Fiammetta and Mike Cox, won't add another fullback to their training camp roster.

"If there's a qualified guy, we'd consider it," Coughlin said. "We do have training camp coming up and we know exactly how many we want at each position. We may or may not be there at some spots."

With right guard Chris Snee sidelined this spring as he recovers from hip surgery, the Giants have moved James Brewer inside to guard and have lined David Diehl at the right tackle position, ahead of rookie first rounder Justin Pugh. Coughlin said that Diehl, who last year did not have a very good season and who accepted a pay cut rather than be released this year, remains one of the most motivated players on the team.

"He's motivated all the time; there's never been a problem with that at all," said Coughlin. "He's the most positive, optimistic guy. A full team player, anxious to overcome his nicks and get back on the field."

The Giants officially announced the signings of linebacker Kyle Bosworth and tight end Chase Clement.

Bosworth, who is a nephew of former NFL star Brian Bosworth, previously played two seasons with the Jaguars while Clement, out of LSU, was originally supposed to attend the Giants rookie minicamp but was a last-minute scratch after he was unable to pass the team's physical.

Clement, who was a blocking specialist in college, could see some snaps at fullback this summer while starter Henry Hynoski is on the shelf with a knee injury. The Giants have not provided an estimate as to how long Hynoski will be sidelined, but the fullback did express optimism via a team press release that he would be ready for opening day.

To make room for Bosworth and Clement, the Giants waived safety John Stevenson and tight end Morgan Newton.

--The Giants promoted Marc Ross, who had been the team's Director of College Scouting, to Vice President of Player Evaluation.

"Marc has done an outstanding job of running our college scouting and the draft, and we wanted to give him a title that reflected that," said Giants general manager Jerry Reese. "He will continue to do that, but I also want him to work on some special projects in pro personnel along with pro personnel director Ken Sternfeld."
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