Pope dishes on Shockey

Giants tight end coach Mike Pope shared his thoughts with TGI on New York's star tight end Jeremy Shockey. Here are some of the highlights of what Pope had to say.

On his health: He's healthy now and looks trim. He's seven percent body fat at 254 pounds. He came here with big eyes and excited about being in the NFL. Now it's some time later and he has a lot of games under his belt. He's reached a point now where he can do things for the other players on the team and not just for himself. He knows enough about the position that he can now reach out for other guys and can pull some other guys along with him.

On his black eye: He was weight lifting with the belts and one of them snapped and he hit himself right in the eye. One of the belts snapped and he hit himself with his own hand right in the eye.

On his attitude: Some of the things about him don't change. He's always pulling his shenanigans and is loud, wild and excited. That's a good thing; it's a positive thing. I think some of the rookies in here are a little scared to be around him. He brings on that kind of excitement.

On his potential: He still has a ceiling that he hasn't reached. He can still get a lot better. He's his own worst critic. You never have to motivate him. If anything, you have to calm him down because he's so tough on himself. That's a good thing in a lot of ways. Where he's changed is that in the past it would take him a couple plays to get over some things that he wasn't happy about. Now he's better about it. It's like in golf where you don't want one bad shot to ruin the next four holes. He's better about that now. He can now get going the next play.

On his blocking: He's continued to make progress. The defenses have changed that he now has to block more defensive ends than linebackers. That's a big change. You're now not blocking that 240-pound outside linebacker; you're blocking the 300-pound defensive end. You have to continue to make progress. You can always get better at that. But he's learning more now about learning to play the defender as much as he is playing the position. The techniques have to apply to what kind of player you're blocking. Now that he's been in the league long enough, he knows how to play against certain players. He always wants to learn and he always listens.

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