Weighing in with Lorenzen

Perhaps the most impressive quarterback during the Giants June minicamp was none other than Jared Lorenzen. The slightly slimmed-down Lorenzen now comes to training camp with a legitimate chance to capture the backup role behind Eli Manning.

For now, Lorenzen is just hoping to get a serious look during New York's four weeks in Albany.

"It's there but it's so far out of my mind right now," he said. "If I get thrown in there of course I'd want to take advantage of it and compete as best as I can. If I can even sneak in and get a couple reps, that's all I'm asking."

Lorenzen laughed about reporting to camp. "I actually showed up this time," he said, referring to his rookie season of 2004 when he opted not to come to Albany and spent the entire season on the Giants reserve/did not report list.

As always the focus is as much on Lorenzen's waistline as his rocket right arm. He said he came in at the exact weight he wanted to, which was only one pound over what the Giants prescribed for him.

"Essentially I was right there," he said.

While Lorenzen has been told not to discuss his exact weight, one man's best guess was that the 6-4 signal-caller, who's listed at 275 in the Giants media guide, is probably five to 10 pounds lighter than that.

But he knows the hill he has to climb is also heavy. Behind Manning is a pair of veterans, Tim Hasselbeck and Rob Johnson, that are both fighting for their roster lives as well. However, Lorenzen views that as a positive.

"I have the best possible three guys that I can learn from," he said. "If I can pick up anything from them, I'll be extremely happy."

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