The Giants showed themselves pretty well during two practices with the Jets on Aug. 7 at U-Albany. One of Big Blue's glaring weaknesses was its inability to establish an inside running game against the Jets defense. However, the club was able to run successfully outside against the Jets tough front seven, and both Kurt Warner and Eli Manning passed the ball well. Manning completed nice passes down the middle to Amani Toomer and up the right sideline to Tim Carter. Manning also threw a perfect deep pass to Ataveus Cash down the left sideline, but Cash couldn't cash in.
Defensively, the Giants made some big plays as well, as Will Allen and Reggie Torbor turned in INTs and Will Peterson, fresh off signing a five-year extension that will keep him with the Giants through the 2009 season, batted away a couple passes. Peterson asked that the terms of his contract not be revealed due to personal reasons.
"It felt good to go against somebody else besides yourself," DT Norman Hand said. "It felt like a game-type atmosphere."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin was pleased with the joint workouts.
"I thought it was well-organized," Coughlin said. "The players came out and worked hard. It gives you a chance to evaluate yourself against somebody else. If you pass rush against one individual over and over and over, you kind of get the feeling how he's going to play you and that type of thing. So in a different situation it's better."
It certainly was for the 9,210 or so fans that jammed the main field and the practice field at U-Albany to watch the practices. Although the majority of the supporters cheered for the Giants, the Jets also had a vocal contingent of fans.
The Giants have had summer workouts with other teams sporadically through the years, but this was the first time an opponent visited Albany. In 2001, the Giants traveled to Smithfield, R.I. for joint practices with the New England Patriots prior to the teams' preseason game. The Patriots were tentatively scheduled for a return visit the following year, but the plans were canceled when the Giants were selected to play in the Hall of Fame Game.
In 1989, the Giants and Jets held joint practices for a day at Lehigh University. Two years later, the Giants traveled to Cleveland to work with the Browns, who completed the home-and-home practice sessions by visiting the Giants at Fairleigh Dickinson University the following year.
* The first play of the morning session had former Giants receiver Jonathan Carter running right by Will Allen for a long touchdown grab.
"That felt good," Carter said. "It let me know I still have my speed and that I'm on top of my game."
* Jets RT Kareem McKenzie had the unenviable task of matching up with Michael Strahan.
"It's always a challenge," McKenzie said. "It makes you think a little more. We both came out even, I think."
* Jets coach Herman Edwards was thankful for the opportunity.
"I thought both teams competed hard," Edwards said. "The Giants did a good job. I'm really thankful to the Giants and Tom for letting us come up here."
* There was only one flare-up, which occurred during the morning session. Giants guard Travis Scott got into it with Jets LB Kenyatta Wright, with Giants tackle Mike Saffer jumping in before order was restored.
* Tim Carter, who made a couple of nice catches in the morning, sat out the afternoon practice with a mild hamstring strain. Giants who did not participate in the workouts included tight end Jeremy Shockey (foot), linebacker Carlos Emmons (leg), safety Jason Doering (knee), defensive end Lorenzo Bromell (knee, on PUP/Active) and tight end Mark Inkrott (thigh).
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