Boo Overcoming Scary Start

Summer camp didn't start off too well for tight end Boo Williams. During the Giants conditioning sprints, Williams had to muster up every ounce of energy – and oxygen – to even pass the grueling physical test.

"It's a much different atmosphere up here," said Williams, who spent all of his four NFL years playing for New Orleans. "I have asthma and I had never been to New York. I had a slight asthma attack and had to go to the hospital and get an asthma pump again."

For Williams, it's been quite some time since asthma got the better of him.

"I haven't caught an asthma attack since college," he said. "Now I have my asthma machine in my room so things are going a lot better."

Despite having a doctor's note, Williams was somewhat embarrassed by his first day on the job.

"I missed the first meeting of camp," he said. "That was very tough because I'm already so far behind everybody that was here during all winter and spring."

However, he said it's only a matter of time before he makes an offensive impact.

"Once I know what I'm doing, I'm hell," said Williams, who has 107 career catches. "They understand that, which is why they're taking everything slow with me. Once I know what I'm doing it's going to come easy."…

Zebra cakes: Referee Walt Coleman and three members of his officiating crew were at practice. They also met with the media to show a video and entertain questions about NFL rule changes and their officiating in general. Coleman and Co. then met with the players and coaches that night.

Asked what it's like to work a game in which Tom Coughlin is coaching, field judge Steve Zimmer said, "He likes to be informed."

Said Coughlin: "I don't like it when I'm not informed. I always kid them, because they always come over to me and say, ‘Now look if you have any questions we'll be right over.' I'm on the sidelines yelling and screaming and they're looking over here (away from him).

Coughlin said the rule change he is most interested in is the ability of coaches to challenge down-by-contact calls.

"That's going to be a really interesting change for us," he said. "It's a very difficult thing. It was well discussed in all the meetings, too. The fact of the matter is that the players have got to keep playing. The ball is out on the ground and you've got to keep playing. We're hoping that it does not turn into some kind of safety issue."

The Giants Beat Top Stories