Lorenzen looking to make most of second chance

Aug. 11: Jared Lorenzen was so heavy when he reported to the Giants in March that he admitted he was "lucky" that Tom Coughlin didn't cut him right there. Lorenzen, whom New York gave a second chance after he bailed on them during training camp last season, said he was well over 300 pounds at that point.

In the interim, he's dieted and worked with team nutritionist Heidi Skolnik and lost more than 30 pounds.

"The timing was right in order to give him the opportunity to show us what he could do," Coughlin said.

"Ultimately I want to be down to 275 or 270," said the lefty signal-caller, who weighed in at 293 when camp opened.

At 6-4 (the Giants list him at 275 pounds), Lorenzen is the largest QB anyone's ever seen. He's just glad he's getting another opportunity.

"At least I'm in a camp," he said. "I'm going to try to make the most out of the situation as I can."

The Giants are in love with Lorenzen's arm strength, which is why it's no surprise he said he needs to work on the mental aspect of his game.

"I don't want to make a fool of myself," he said. "I don't want to be the dumb rookie that doesn't know what he's doing."

Eli Manning said he's seen improvement from Lorenzen.

"Compared to last year, he's more comfortable with the offense," Manning said. "He's been in there and doing well."

After Thursday's practice, Coughlin said he hoped to get Lorenzen some playing time in Cleveland.

"I want to definitely show them that I'm good enough to make this team," he said.

* Coughlin recited a list of players who will not make the trip to Cleveland. It includes wide receiver/punt returner Mark Jones (foot); running back Derrick Ward (knee); offensive lineman Wayne Lucier (calf); defensive end Eric Moore (knee); linebackers Barrett Green (knee), Nick Greisen (hamstring) and T.J. Hollowell (ankle); safety Jack Brewer (knee); and offensive lineman Greg Walker (knee).

The coach said "a couple others" are questionable, including wide receiver Jamaar Taylor, who did not practice today because of a strained hip flexor.

* Coughlin said the first-team offense and defense would play "12 to 15 snaps" in the first quarter. That group includes Tiki Barber and Michael Strahan, "but it will be very limited," Coughlin said.

*The Giants today placed linebacker Joseph Scott on the active/left squad list and signed linebacker Russ Rabe, a rookie from Minnesota-Duluth.

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