Friday, July 26, 2013
Coughlin report: JPP starts on PUP
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, as expected.
The defensive end is one of five Giants to be placed on PUP for camp. Tom Coughlin said Pierre-Paul (back), right guard Chris Snee (hip), cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee) all will start on PUP.
Pierre-Paul, who was expected to start on PUP, did some light running with Kuhn and Snee on the side and looked good.
"He’s coming," Tom Coughlin said of Pierre-Paul. "He’s done well. He’s worked hard. I’ve seen him the last two days on the machines in there. His weight is good. He’s optimistic."
The Giants are taking things slow with Snee, who also looked good while doing some drills on the side. Thomas actually participated in the team's conditioning test and said he had been cleared for camp. But clearly the team is going to be super cautious with the cornerback, who is attempting a third comeback from an ACL injury.
Hynoski hopes to be ready for the start of the season.
Shaping up: The Giants reported to camp and went through their conditioning test. Coughlin was pretty pleased with how this team did.
"This little conditioning run was just to observe, to see who’s worked and who hasn’t worked," Coughlin said. "I was pleased with that. We have one player overweight, I’m not going to name him, but the rest of the players all came in at their assigned weight, which is a good thing, and we’re excited, we’re anxious to get started."
Only six players did not participate in the conditioning test -- Pierre-Paul, Snee, Hynoski, Kuhn, center David Baas and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan.
"I’m not sure why Baas was, to be honest with you," Coughlin said of the center working on the side. "Baas has been doing everything, he came in, and he’s in outstanding shape, but they chose to hold him over there on the side."
"Jernigan, a little tenderness, so I hope we don’t have to deal with that," Coughlin added of Jernigan, who injured his hamstring in minicamp.
Coughlin said he was happy to see Victor Cruz at his usual weight.
Light Curry: Coughlin said linebacker Aaron Curry improved his fitness and conditioning over the break.
"He’s in good shape now," Coughlin said. "He’s lighter, quite a bit lighter than he was when he reported [in OTAs]. So I think that based on that fact alone, I’m excited to see how he works."
No slogan yet: Coughlin may have his mantra for the upcoming season but he wasn't sharing it with the media just yet.
"We have a couple of things going," Coughlin said. "But I’m not going to share it.
"There’s a theme that comes out of the experience that you have and the players are constantly reminded one way or another," Coughlin later added. "One day I might be verbal about it. The next day it might be up in the corner of the video screen. The next day it might be on the door to the meeting room, but they’re constantly reminded of what it is that we’re zooming in on and that has been good to a point."