Reese Comfy in Director's Chair

If one thing was obvious during Jerry Reese's first press conference at Giants Stadium since he was named GM back in mid-January, it's that Reese appears as confident and comfortable as can be.

As the Giants ready for Reese's first and last draft as both GM and Player Personnel Director, Reese deflected away question after question as writers attempted to get into his mind prior to the draft. While Reese will hire a new Player Personnel Director after the draft so he can focus solely on his GM duties, he's been as busy as can be while wearing both hats.

About the only thing Reese admitted was that the Giants might be willing to upgrade at left tackle, where David Diehl currently resides. Actually, it took Reese a few seconds to even think of his starting left tackle's name. Reese would not get into exactly why the club released Luke Petitgout, nor would he confirm if they're still interested in former Broncos LB Al Wilson, who failed a New York physical that voided an apparent trade.

A few differences in draft preparation were obvious. One is that, under Reese, the Giants are using a new and less-extensive test to evaluate players. The other is that Reese has hosted probably twice as many potential draftees than in previous years. Including such headline names as receivers Ted Ginn, Jr. and Dwayne Jarrett, Reese said the Giants used about 25 of the their allotted 30 college visits.

After a pretty quiet offseason, because, according to Reese, the Giants were unwilling to overpay for marginal players, the importance of what New York gets out of next Saturday's draft is huge. While only time will tell how he fares, after a half-hour in front of the press firing squad, Reese appears up to the task.

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