NFC East: Anthony Wright
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger is reporting that the following Giants have been released today:
QB Anthony Wright
QB Andre' Woodson
FB Robert Douglas
WR Marcus Monk
WR Brandon London
TE Eric Butler
TE Jerome Collins
OL Kurt Quarterman
OL Na'Shan Goddard
OL Andrew Bain
OL Digger Bujnoch
DE Wallace Gilberry
DE Alex Morrow
DT Jeremy Clark
DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo
LB Tank Daniels
LB James Terry
CB Geoffrey Pope
S Stuart Schweigert
OL Cliff Louis
CB Darren Barnett
Once the list is official, I'll provide some analysis. I assume the Giants will try to add Woodson to their practice squad, but another team looking to develop a young quarterback (the Cowboys) might swoop him up. The biggest surprise I see is defensive end Wallace Gilberry. Defensive end Justin Tuck was raving about Gilberry when I talked to him in Albany two weeks ago. I thought he made a pretty big impression on the Giants' coaches. Now, the Giants will try to sneak him onto the practice squad.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
ALBANY, N.Y. -- If you've never made the four-hour drive from Bethlehem, Pa., to Albany, N.Y., in a Chevy Impala with XM Radio, I highly recommend it. Down the home stretch, I was going back and forth between "The Michael Kay Show" and a genius interview with Seth Rogen ("Pineapple Express") on one of the seven comedy stations.
I rolled onto the University at Albany campus moments before the Giants began their evening practice. I expected to see a team that was beaten down from too many days on the field, but I encountered something completely different. While the ever-scowling Tom Coughlin prowled the field, his players appeared to be enjoying themselves.
On one of the most ill-conceived fake field goals I've witnessed since attending a Big 12 school in Waco, holder Jeff Feagles rolled right and threw a Hail Mary (15 yards) soaring toward the end zone. In a moment that will take its place in Giants training camp lore, 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard Rich Seubert "leapt" to make the grab, landing gracefully on his back.
With an estimated crowd of 3,000 milling about, Seubert spiked the ball and was mobbed by teammates.
After practice I had a nice visit with head coach Tom Coughlin, but I'll save that for later. First, let's do some quick observations after one session:
- Wide receiver Plaxico Burress did his most extensive work of training camp during individual drills. He seemed energized by the fact that his wife and daughter were on the sideline.
- Second-round cornerback Terrell Thomas out of USC has been flashing throughout camp. I'm told he had a nice performance on special teams in his first outing and deflected a pass.
- If rookie Kenny Phillips doesn't earn a starting gig, something's wrong. Even in practice, you can tell that he's brought a spark to the team. And speaking of safeties, kudos to James Butler for not going down without a fight. He's read everywhere how he'll lose his starting spot, but it hasn't happened yet.
- Linebacker Gerris Wilkinson is finally practicing again, but it looks like he's way behind veteran Danny Clark in the competition for the starting role.
- Kevin Boss has faced a lot of questions about having to replace Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey. So far, he seems up to the task. On a series of plays in team drills, Eli Manning found Boss three times. The 6-foot-6, 253-pound player does a great job of catching everything away from his body. The next step is for him to become a more consistent blocker.
- Pretty intense battle going on between David Carr and Anthony Wright for backup quarterback. In the one practice I've seen, Wright was much sharper. Carr's back with a guy he trusts in quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer, but he hasn't come close to locking up the backup spot. Andre Woodson is raw, but he can certainly whip the ball into tight spots. Saw him fire an impressive ball to Michael Jennings during team drills.
- I'm about to head over to the campus for an interview with GM Jerry Reese. I'll check back in later this afternoon, but I'll be away for much of the day working on a special project. The Giants are actually off today, which is something I complained to Coughlin about. The other three coaches in this division have done a much better job planning around my schedule. Let's meet back here a little later. I actually have some Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins notes to go over with you as well.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
I've spent most of the morning reading different accounts of the New York Giants' 13-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Of course, the New York media was focused on another little situation, but a few folks made the trip to Detroit for the preseason opener:
- According to Joshua Robinson of the New York Times, Eli Manning didn't exactly pick up where he left off last season. I watched that first drive, and he did look pretty uncertain. Then he looked OK on the second drive before getting the hook. So he was a little rusty in his first preseason start. Who cares? I would be more concerned with a defense that never got close to Jon Kitna.
- As Paul Schwartz reports in the Post, rookie linebacker Jonathan Goff out of Vanderbilt suffered an injury to his vertebra and could end up missing the entire season. It's a tough loss because it looked like Goff would definitely contribute to special teams. I didn't watch the entire game because I had to monitor Rangers-Yankees, but it looked like wide receiver Brandon London and rookie safety Kenny Phillips both had fine efforts.
- Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News is saying that former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington could end up with the Giants. GM Jerry Reese didn't shoot that theory down.
- Tom Rock of Newsday also weighs in on a possible Pennington to the Giants scenario.
- Anthony Wright and David Carr had strong showings Thursday. And from reading Mike Garafolo's report in the Ledger, the Pennington thing doesn't seem likely to happen.
- Here's a story about Mathias Kiwanuka from two days ago that I forgot to link to.
- The Blue Screen reported earlier this week that Drew Rosenhaus left Albany again without nailing down a new deal for Plaxico Burress.