Starting would be a dream come true

Player diary...

So far so good as far as camp is concerned. It's going pretty well. The toughest thing for me was just getting back into football after taking that month off. Getting little things like my footwork down. I know it's pretty much just begun but I have to realize that I have to get my body ready for a longer season. That means doing things like getting into the cold tub and stuff like that that I'm not used to doing. In college, I could get away without doing stuff like that. This is more of a grind.

The time schedule of these practices is pretty much the same as what I had at Boston College, but it's a lot more intense here. It's much more physical up here as well.

This last month has been about as hectic as possible. It's actually been a hectic last year for me. Last month, getting married to Katie; then we wanted to find a place to live before I left for camp. But we did everything we said we wanted to, everything that we set our minds to. I'm happy about that.

As far as being married to Coach Coughlin's daughter, to me there really is no situation. He's my coach on the field. Off the field, he's my father-in-law. There really is no situation. I understand completely why people are making a big deal out of it. But I'm telling everyone, and I know Coach Coughlin is as well, that football's football and personal stuff is personal stuff.

It's kind of funny, because I never really thought of the Giants as a team that would draft me. I don't know why, but I never really saw them as a possibility for me. When they actually did select me, I couldn't have been happier. I didn't say anything about my situation right after I got drafted because to me it wasn't that big a deal. I knew that it was going to come out; it was just a matter of when. It was actually better that it just came out right away. We addressed the issue and that was it.

I'll admit that telling Coach Coughlin that Katie was pregnant was not pleasant. It's a tough situation for any kid. But it was a very tough situation for us. I'll leave it at that. Getting married was a quick turnaround for us. We just decided to do it. Luckily the priest with the BC football team was able to get us into his church on short notice. It turned out very well. Otherwise if we wanted to set up a big wedding, we'd have to wait until next summer or winter. We wanted to live together now. Having a son, Dylan, who's 11 months old now, has changed my life so much, but it's changed it in such a good way. He's the best part of my day. You wake up and he's standing there smiling at you. That's just the best.

I finally feel like everything's in place for me now. Everything we went through was kind of unorthodox, but now everything's ready and we're just going to go from here.

I really wanted to get into camp on time. I'm a rookie as it is. I'm behind all the veterans already. I really couldn't afford to be late and start even further behind everyone else and then try to catch up. Now is not the time to catch up.

I've gotten pretty close with the other rookie lineman, Drew Strojny. We're living together now during camp. We're going through the same thing and it's nice to have someone in your same situation to talk to.

I'm not all that worried that the older players on the line are going to be leery of talking to me or around me since Coach is my father-in-law. Locker room stuff stays in the locker room. If they feel uncomfortable around me that's their problem; locker room stuff's locker room stuff. It's really not a concern of mine. If anyone knows me they'll know that it shouldn't be an issue at all.

I have to admit that I don't have a whole lot of hobbies. My life is football. I train for this. I guess weight-lifting is my main hobby. In my off time, I just like to relax and play with Dylan. That's what I really look forward to. I'll go out once in a while but not too much anymore. Not much happens in my life besides football.

It's kind of tough being up here when Katie and Dylan are back home. But I had the same deal last year when I was up at Boston College. I only saw my son maybe three times in four months. I figure if I could go through that, this month shouldn't be that hard. But it's been tough already. I'm anxious to see both of them. It's unbelievable that he's almost a year old. I know not a lot's expected of us this year from the outside, but I don't see it. Everyone has their own opinions and that's just what they are – opinions. I think we're working pretty well as a team. The only thing we can do is go out and play our hardest and see what happens. The main thing I'm trying to do now is just learn the system and work my way into some playing time. That's all I'm focusing on. When it comes time to answer questions about all the off-the-field stuff, I'll do it, but other than that, I just block it out and try my best to get some playing time.

It looks like I'm playing mostly on the right side. I'm comfortable at either spot. I played left guard the first three years at Boston College, then right guard last year. I'm comfortable at both.

I would be thrilled if I could crack the starting lineup. That's what I'm working for. But if not, then I'll keep a good approach each week and stay ready if they call on me. I'll do whatever's best for the team. I can actually see myself starting. That would be a dream come true. Most of my dreams have already come true; if I start that would just make everything that much better.

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