Carter Takes the Field

Tim Carter shocked everyone and practiced during the Giants opening session. Carter looked great, catching at least four passes, and said he felt fine afterward. Carter's been slowed by a knee injury and said Thursday that he didn't think he'd practice on Friday.

"Yesterday, it was a huge question mark," Carter said. "I want to be 100 percent, I want to stay healthy."

So Carter and the training staff approached Friday's morning session cautiously. "I was kind of nervous about it," Carter admitted. But after starting off slowly, the speedy receiver realized that he could go basically full throttle, saying afterward that he "thought (he) had a good practice."

During lunch Carter stated that he knew he needed to keep a close eye on things and that he wasn't out of the woods yet.

"It's there but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," he said.

Tom Coughlin was pleased to see number 84 out there practicing.

"To his credit, the trainers let him go," Coughlin said. "He's in a limited capacity, and hopefully it's a maintenance thing and he'll go ahead and work his way physically to a spot where he can control that and not miss any time. He's an outstanding athlete, when he's out there."

Being out there has been Carter's problem since he joined the Giants five years ago.

"Tim's playing well," Amani Toomer said. "His problem's never been that he couldn't play."

"I'm not at the level I want to be at yet," Carter added. "I want to get to where I can dominate the way I'd like to." Most assume that second-round draft pick Sinorice Moss has the inside track on the third receiver job behind Plaxico Burress and Toomer. Carter said he's not concerned about any of his competition.

"I think I'm competing mainly against myself," he said.

Consider the opening day of camp a victory for Tim Carter.

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