Giants offseason workout program

The Giants officially began year two under Tom Coughlin when they kicked off their offseason workout program on March 21. Here are some of the highlights from the locker room.

New lease on football life: One player that's flown under the radar this offseason is Osi Umenyiora, who enters this season as the starting right defensive end, a distinction he certainly didn't have last year.

"Of course there's a different mindset now," Umenyiora said. "Last year I thought I'd be the starter and I wasn't. But now I know it's my job to lose."

As a result, Umenyiora said he definitely worked "much harder" this offseason.

"I know that people are going to know who I am when I play now," he said. "Last year I was kind of able to sneak up on people a little bit."

During the offseason, Umenyiora ran into Bengals offensive lineman Willie Anderson, who admitted that he didn't know anything about the speed rusher until watching tape before New York's game in Cincinnati on Dec. 26. Then he certainly took notice.

Last season, Umenyiora finished seventh on the club with 58 tackles and led New York with seven sacks.

At the outset last season, New York went with veteran Keith Washington, who was released last month, leaving Umenyiora as the main man at RDE.

His fellow third-year draft classmate, William Joseph, is now listed as the starting LDT, a result of New York's release of Norman Hand.

Umenyiora moved lockers this offseason because Michael Strahan, his old next-door neighbor, asked him to. When asked why, Umenyiora just shrugged and smiled.

Receiver David Tyree, who slid into the locker formerly used by Ike Hilliard, also upgraded his locker spot.

Numbers game: Punter Jeff Feagles cashed in by swapping his jersey number for the second consecutive offseason. Last year, Feagles handed over number 10 to Eli Manning, who in turn agreed to pay for a vacation for Feagles, his wife and their four kids, which the Feagles family is scheduled to take in April.

At the time Feagles switched to number 17, since he was entering his 17th year in the league. Now, the new big-shot in town – Plaxico Burress – got number 17 in return for paying for the outdoor kitchen Feagles is installing in his new home in Phoenix. As a result of the deal brokered by Burress' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Feagles will don number 18 this season.

Here are some other notable jersey numbers for the upcoming season:

Jay Feely – 2
Jim Miller – 15
Jack Brewer – 22
Antonio Pierce – 53
Kareem McKenzie – 67
Chris Snee – 76
Chris Luzar – 88

Will's angst: Will Allen is another player that's had to answer questions about his future. He's been rumored to be involved in countless trades, although TGI hasn't yet been able to substantiate even one of them.

"I must be asked about being traded at least once a week," Allen said. "It's really starting to get annoying."

Heading into the final year of his original Giants contract, Allen said he understood the business aspect of the talk.

"If they think I'm going to walk (after the season), then they might as well try to get something for me now," he said.

However, Allen reiterated that he'd love to stay in New York and is expecting a big season for himself.

"I'm healthy now, not like last year when I couldn't do anything for most of the offseason," he stated. "I'm faster, more explosive and just excited about this season."

Holding out hope: Guard Rich Seubert, who has not played since suffering a horrific leg injury in October 2003, is participating fully in the offseason program and believes he will be ready to play. He is behind David Diehl on the depth chart but would add depth. He accepted a pay cut from $1.25 million to $650,000.


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