Giants arrive for work at team facility
April, 29, 2011
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Only a few New York Giants players trickled into the team's facility Friday morning.
On the first real day that players are allowed to rehab, talk to coaches and go over playbooks and film and train at team facilities, wide receiver Devin Thomas, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, defensive back Brian Jackson, right tackle Kareem McKenzie, running back D.J. Ware and kicker Lawrence Tynes visited the Timex Performance Center in the morning.
Running back Brandon Jacobs, wide receivers Ramses Barden and Victor Cruz, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and center Shaun O'Hara arrived in the afternoon.
O'Hara, the Giants' representative for the decertified players' association, told reporters Thursday that he encouraged his teammates not to deviate from their offseason workout programs in favor of going to the team facility, because the situation can change because of the NFL's pending appeal.
"Things are changing by the hour," O'Hara told reporters at the NFLPA Rookie Debut in Manhattan. "The one thing that I try to do with the teammates that I've spoken to is encourage them to continue with their already-planned workouts. We've been forced to go out and set up workout schedules on our own, treatment schedules on our own. The one thing I don't want is for players to deviate from that plan that they have, that schedule, only to show up and not be able to work out and not be able to do things.
"They're waiting for this appeal right now," the center continued. "Under that grayness, that uncertainty, if you're in the area and the stay is not granted and you want to go over and work out, great. But don't change your plans. Because it may change."
Thomas said he worked out in the weight room and sat down with coaches. He did not receive a playbook, which is permitted at the moment.
"Got a little workout in, see the coaches finally, got to talk to them," Thomas said. "There's still a little uncertainty because we know we can get started and they can pull the plug on us [pending the appeal], so that is the part that is kind of upsetting."
The wide receiver, who was acquired by the team off waivers in midseason last year, has been training at Michigan State, where he played in college. Thomas flew in Thursday night.
"I've been staying in shape, staying focused, ready to come back and get started with the New York Giants," Thomas said.
Thomas lifted weights and said he was able to utilize all of the facilities available except for the tubs.
"Everything but the tubs," Thomas said. "They don't got none of the tubs filled up right now. I know they will be by Monday."