Emmons rarin' to go

Aug. 3: Carlos Emmons is right on schedule. While he's still practicing just once a day after breaking his left leg late last season, the strong side linebacker said he could go twice daily if he had to.

"I could do twice a day, but it wouldn't be worth it," he said. "I'm trying not to put too much stress on it. This is when they told me it would be. I'm feeling pretty good right now. I can do pretty much everything now."

Of course, Emmons' goal is to be 100 percent for the season opener, when he'll face off against his former team, the Eagles, on Sept. 12.

"I'm definitely looking forward to that game," he said. "I thought I'd be back in Philly. Maybe if I was 29 instead of 30."

He said that he didn't think his injury was a factor in the Eagles' decision to let him walk. The Birds replaced him by signing former Giants LB Dhani Jones.

"Broken leg or no broken leg, they wanted to go in another direction," Emmons said.

With that disappointment behind him, Emmons said he and fellow LB signee and roommate Barrett Green speak often about the upcoming season.

"Every night we talk about how we can make this city go crazy if we can turn this thing around," he smiled.

* New York appears to have a definite interest in free agent back Stacey Mack, the former Jaguar. "We've had Stacey in and he's worked out for us," Tom Coughlin said. "We'll see. The quest for talent is ongoing."

"The great thing about having (salary cap) room is that you can have an aggressive temperament in going after players."

* The highlight from Tuesday morning's practice was a huge hit that Terry Cousin laid on Tim Carter, who stayed down on the field for a couple seconds before popping back up and returning to the huddle. That and Nick Greisen's blow on Ike Hilliard the previous day have been the best shots in camp thus far.

* The Giants worked on their short-yardage situations, and not surprisingly, Coughlin wasn't thrilled.

"I didn't think the short-yardage was necessarily intense," he said. "You have to run the ball in Giants Stadium after October, that's for sure."

* Safety Jason Doering is going to be out for "a while," according to Coughlin, who confirmed that Doering has a sprained (right) knee.

* While all the talk heading into camp was about the twice-a-day full pads workouts the Giants were going to undergo, that turned to be a misunderstanding. Oftentimes, Coughlin said, the club will work in full pads during the morning and then either in shells or uppers (shoulder pads and shorts) during the afternoon.

"I doubt it," Coughlin answered about the prospect of twice-daily full-pads workouts. "It's not necessary. The emphasis is on staying on your feet."

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