Training Camp - Quicknotes from opening day

"...They've had a long time to work this thing out, and it should be worked out." - Head coach Jim Fassel on William Joseph's contract

First-round draft choice William Joseph was the only player who didn't make the club's opening meeting. The defensive tackle from Miami, who was the 25th player taken in this year's draft, is still unsigned. Only eight of the 32 first-round picks have signed contracts. No one from No. 14 (Chicago defensive end Michael Haynes) to No. 26 (San Francisco tackle Kwame Harris) has signed.

But Fassel is still unhappy that Joseph is a no-show.

"It doesn't make me feel good, because I'm going to limit some guys up front to start with, and it would be a great opportunity for him to get a lot of reps - a great opportunity," Fassel said. "I never take kindly to it. They've had a long time to work this thing out, and it should be worked out."

* Two of the Giants key offensive players were brimming with optimism as camp opened.

"I certainly think we have the possibility to be a good football team, probably more so than in any other year that I've been here," QB Kerry Collins said. "But we all know that doesn't always equate into wins. Every week you watch the NFL, and the most talented team doesn't always win. If we practice well and we execute well, things will take care of themselves. But we have to make sure we get to that point. We can't just think we can go out on the field and beat people because it's not going to happen, no matter how much talent we have." "We're excited to be back here, especially knowing how talented we can be this year," RB Tiki Barber said. "We're not overconfident. We're just confident. We're setting a goal and trying to reach it. We're not a bragging team. You look at the personalities and the determination that people play with on this team, and that's why we believe we'll be a good team."

* Former Giant defensive tackle Robert Harris is working as an intern assistant coach during training camp.


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