Offseason program comes to a close

The Giants' veteran offseason program ended Thursday with a team meeting and weightlifting, as head coach Tom Coughlin chose not to have one final practice before the players departed. By 11 a.m., virtually every veteran had left the locker room. They are off until July 29, when a 1 p.m. team meeting will open training camp at the University at Albany.

The rookies have another week of lifting and conditioning before they will begin their pre-camp vacations.

The players have worked hard since the program began on March 22. Coughlin conducted three mini-camps and had nine additional practices. The new offense and defense have been installed and the coach and his players know much more about each other than they did three months ago.

"It has been good," Coughlin said. "We have been able to have some time together on the field, which is real important, the meeting rooms, - so that the routine is understood, so that they know how we practice, what we want out of practice. It doesn't always meet with their approval - but nevertheless they are told and reminded of it. They work hard; they are a good group. They are trying, they are trying to learn, they are trying to be everything they can be. It is just a process. So this time on the field has been good time, and we needed it."

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