Training Camp - Monday Insider Notes

The Giants quarterbacks were using a hard count in a drill in which the offense was backed up against its goal line. That tactic is used to try to get the defense to jump offside. Instead, it had the offensive linemen jumping, much to Fassel's displeasure.

After their first off day of camp on Sunday, the Giants got back to action with two sessions on Monday. During the early session, Jim Fassel warned TE Marcellus Rivers not to jump offside or that he'd be running around the whole campus.

"It's three miles," Fassel told Rivers. While Rivers clearly received Fassel's message, several of his teammates apparently did not. During the afternoon workout, Fassel sent seven players for laps around the entire practice field complex, a trip that took more than five minutes.

TE Darnell Dinkins twice had to run punishment laps. He was the first to go.

Then FB Charles Stackhouse was told to run inside the fence that surrounds the entire perimeter of the University ay Albany practice fields. Tight end Mark Inkrott was the third player to join the cross country meet.

He was followed by starting LT Luke Petitgout ("See you later Luke,"

was Fassel's sendoff), Dinkins again, rookie OT Jeff Roehl, fifth-round G David Diehl and G Vincent Sandoval.

The Giants quarterbacks were using a hard count in a drill in which the offense was backed up against its goal line. That tactic is used to try to get the defense to jump offside. Instead, it had the offensive linemen jumping, much to Fassel's displeasure.

"I had enough of that," Fassel said. "I don't want the quarterbacks to back off. I don't want them to not do that. I want to continue to practice the hard count, but we can't jump ourselves."

Fassel said he did not warn the players before practice that he might institute punishment laps.

"No, I just decided," he said. "It was executive privilege. I'm going to starting punishing them, and I'm going to make it work."…

While this year's crop of drafted receivers continued to shine, two members of last year's draft class made spectacular plays.

Daryl Jones turned in perhaps the play of camp to date, leaping high to corral a pass with his left arm in front of rookie S Charles Drake. Jones landed on his left side but somehow was able to hold onto the ball.

Then, in the p.m. session Tim Carter went up and over Kato Serwanga to haul in a deep pass that drew oohs and aahs from the crowd…

Ron Dixon had better recover quickly. Fassel was asked if the performance of the team's young receivers in camp, combined with Dixon's inactivity, will affect the four-year veteran's ability to make the team.

"It doesn't help - I'd be less than honest if I said it didn't matter, because it does matter," Fassel said…

Keith Hamilton and Rich Seubert got into their almost-daily tussle, although this one was more heated than most.


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