Shockey Ieaves Williams Cursing

First round draft pick Jeremy Shockey got another opportunity to impress the coaching staff, and the veterans in the secondary trying to defend him

It didn't take first-round pick Jeremy Shockey long to make another excellent impression when the Giants opened their veteran mini-camp Wednesday morning. Shockey leapt high in the air to corral a pass that had the coaches raving and the beaten defender – Shaun Williams – cursing.

The Giants are hoping that Shockey will turn in receptions like those on a regular basis. After all, they drafted him to bolster and improve the offense.

However, two key members of the offense were sidelined on Wednesday. But Head Coach Jim Fassel said that's he's hopeful of regaining the services of WR Ike Hilliard and C Dusty Zeigler by the start of training camp.

"I hope to be ready for camp," said Hilliard, who had foot surgery on Feb. 1. "I'm stronger. I put on a little weight in some areas."

"He wanted to get bigger because he's been banged and nicked before," Fassel added.

As for Zeigler, he said his surgically-repaired knee was swollen and sore after doing some light running Wednesday. "I still have the calendar on my side," he said.

With Zeigler absent, starting RG Jason Whittle moved to center and reserve Mike Rosenthal stepped in at RG. Luke Petitgout took reps at RT and Chris Bober on the left side, but Fassel said they would flip-flop by the end of camp.

CB Jason Sehorn was the only other Giant to sit out practice, but like Hilliard and Zeigler, is hopeful of participating once training camp kicks off on July 24.

As for the first session of camp, Fassel was pleased. "I thought they looked good," he said. "We ran a lot of plays in a short period of time and didn't have any confusion."

"This first day I've seen a lot of things that have me excited," RB Tiki Barber added.

Regarding the approaching June 1 date, Fassel seemed pretty certain that he'd have his current team in place. "I hope we don't have to make any more cuts (besides Glenn Parker, who will be released), but I'm not optimistic about signing anyone," Fassel said.

That's good news for DE Kenny Holmes, who was rumored to be released if New York could find a suitable, cheaper alternative after June 1, but at this point that seems unlikely.

Finally, former Pro Bowl punter Dave Jennings was on hand Wednesday. He's expected to be named to the Giants broadcast team in the near future.

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