Tom Coughlin's biggest concern about the Giants' first training camp practice Friday?
Simply getting it in.
With only 15 practices allowed under the new collective bargaining agreement and a rainy morning, the Giants' coach was worried the afternoon session would be interrupted. But the weather cooperated.
While Coughlin called that a "huge plus," he couldn't say anything stood out to him on the field Friday afternoon.
"It's our first practice, we got in and out of the drills well. Guys had good anticipation of what was coming next," Coughlin said. "We played everybody equal snaps and you saw at the end of practice, that third group kind of fall off a bit offensively. It's disappointing but not that shocking. So those offensive linemen have to come around, and that's basically what has to happen for that group to continue to get reps in practice. They'll have to do a better job than they did today."
Coughlin needs the offensive line to get in order quickly so the team can continue to work on the ground game that floundered much of last season. Brandon Jacobs is gone and with Ahmad Bradshaw's history of foot problems, the coaching staff will monitor his workload carefully. Plus there's the matter of getting first-round pick David Williams acclimated to the NFL.
The Giants finished last in the league in rushing during the regular season. Bradshaw said he's feeling "a whole lot better," and is taking it upon himself to lead a more effective ground game.
"Being 32nd is devastating for us," he said. "I feel great. Honestly, I've always said I've felt better, but this year I feel great. More than any year I've played in the NFL."
Danny Ware, Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott are also competing for roles in the backfield.
"They can help me as much as they can and I'll just do my part and help them," Bradshaw said.
--Cornerback Terrell Thomas said he's not limited in any way as he continues his recovery from knee surgery, only to have his back tighten up on him Friday. Coughlin said it had nothing to do with Thomas' legs.
"Mentally, I'm ready to go,'' Thomas said in the morning. "My confidence is sky high. My biggest thing is working myself back into football shape. As far as the weight room, the rehab and all that I killed that. Now it's about becoming a football player."
--Safety Antrel Rolle likes to sport new haircuts at training camp, and showed up this year with one that glows in the dark.
"The first time I did it was in Arizona, and we went to the Super Bowl," Rolle said of his training camp haircuts. "I came back last year, and had a whole bunch of whatever going on my head. Hopefully, I can keep the chain going."
--David Diehl is making the transition from left tackle to right tackle. Having previously moved from left guard, he's not intimidated by learning a new position.
"I know we're going to be ready to go come game one. This isn't something out of the ordinary in moving me to different positions so I'm ready and I know I'm going to get great work over there," said Diehl. "It's going to be fun battling with Justin (Tuck)."