Big Blue Morning: Meeting the new guys

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As you likely know, the New York Giants began the strength and conditioning phase of their offseason program Monday, which meant it was the first time a lot of them met each other. With 15 outside free agents signed, there are many introductions to be made. And with a representative group of players apparently showing up for the voluntary workouts, it seems as though everybody was enjoying the hustle and the bustle and the new. Per Giants.com:

Chris Snee believes the Giants should accessorize their usual offseason workout attire of T-shirts, shorts and sneakers.

“Name tags would be a nice addition,” Snee said.

Snee is preparing for his 10th season with the Giants, but found a very different team than the one he’s accustomed to when he reported today for the beginning of the offseason conditioning program. Longtime teammates like Justin Tuck, David Diehl, Kevin Boothe and Hakeem Nicks have moved on and the team signed 15 veteran free agents since mid-March. The program began with far more first-time introductions than in the past.

“It’s unprecedented, the percentage of change in this locker room,” said defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who is entering his ninth Giants season. “Those of us who are still here are excited for the start of a new season, but obviously it’s changed a lot. A lot of changes needed to be made, but whenever you’re a member of a team, it’s tough to see people go.”

“This is the most change I’ve been part of, for sure,” Snee said. “It’s going to take me a few weeks to learn all these guys’ names.”

While it's nice that they all took the time to talk to Giants.com, it's even nicer that the rest of us get access to players this afternoon. Kieran Darcy and I will be out here all day gathering stuff for ESPN.com. Josina Anderson will be on site for TV, and if you time it right you may just see me with her there once or twice throughout the day. Should be fun meeting some of the new guys, as well as checking in on rehab guys like Snee, Will Beatty and Eli Manning. We'll keep you posted.