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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Plaxico causes stir, notes from first walkthrough

By Jane McManus

No question that former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was the talk of Giants training camp. In the facility on Friday night for a meeting with Giants coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese, players from Eli Manning to Justin Tuck were asked if they were lobbying to get Burress back.

Tuck said he was on active recruiting duty and, asked if the Giants needed Burress said “Yes, we do.” Manning on the other hand didn’t leave his meeting to seek out Burress Friday, and hasn’t called specifically to talk about the Giants in the last few weeks.

“I don’t think that it is a situation for me to lobby,” Manning said. “He has been here before and it comes down to what coach Coughlin thinks. If he is mentally ready to come back and be a great teammate and if the ownership has put everything behind them and are ready to turn a new page.”

More on the Burress story here.

Shaun O’Hara may have been cut last week before coming back to the Giants offensive line, but he was back on site Friday for his last job as the team’s player representative. O’Hara helped explain portions of the new CBA to the team before the Giants voted unanimously to re certify as the NFLPA.

DE Justin Tuck said that it was a classy move from O’Hara, and one that was emblematic of the way he approached his job. The team picked new player reps, LS Zak DeOssie and T Kareem McKenzie.

Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks addressed awkward questions about whether he would like to see former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress back in the lineup, while maintaining that he feels 100 percent after his ACL tear in the last preseason.

“Yesterday going through the physical, I talked to the doctors and they felt I was 100 percent,” Hixon said. “We’re just going to keep a close eye on it and make sure it doesn’t swell up or have any setbacks. I feel 100 percent.”

Hixon was injured in a preseason practice at the New Meadowlands, prompting questions about the turf which were later resolved.

D.J. Ware hopes this is his season. Drafted in 2007, the running back would stand to gain playing time if Ahmad Bradshaw doesn’t resign and the Giants don’t opt to pursue another one.

“I think me and Brandon (Jacobs) will be able to handle it.”

He said the Giants let him know they saw him as a third-down back, with some use on first and second. He’s hoping that someday he can be a starter. (Jacobs, by the way, was not available for interviews.)

“Man I’m ready, been working all offseason body feels good no injuries or anything,” Ware said. “I mean My mind’s strong, my body’s strong just waiting to figure out what’s going to happen.”

Rookie DT Marvin Austin was on site but didn’t want to talk about UNC football. He sounded ready to go

DE Osi Umenyiora ended his hold out today. We have a story here.

Will Beatty will move to a starting left tackle spot as David Baas comes in at center. Story here.