Douglas New Man at FB?

With Jim Finn on Injured Reserve, all of a sudden Robert Douglas has found himself running with the first-team offense.

"I have been impressed with what Robert Douglas has been able to do," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "But of course we don't have any pads on yet, either."

The first-year pro, who has never played in a regular season game, handled the bulk of the fullback work in the mini-camp.

Coughlin said there are other potential solutions, while others might arrive in the future.

"We have always used the tight ends in that role and we will continue to do that," he said. "We are always open to what is going on in the world as far as if there is a player available or not."

Coughlin said the Giants will miss Finn, who is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

"It is a big loss when you lose a guy who has played the game, has played in this offense and brings a lot of intelligence to the game," Coughlin said. "But it is more unfortunate. He has had some problems with it (his shoulder). He set it off this spring. He was concerned that this was going to be the final outcome if he had the surgical procedure. He chose to go ahead and have that done. So obviously we just have to do the best that we can to continue to move forward here and develop some guys that can fulfill that role."…

Third-round pick Jay Alford was the first Giants draft choice to come to terms.

"It's a great feeling," Alford told TGI. "I got that part off my back. Now I can just go out and play football."…

Cornerback Aaron Ross, the team's first-round draft choice, did not participate in Thursday's two practices.

"He fell down yesterday and banged his head," Coughlin said. "So it is precautionary. They pulled him out of second half of practice yesterday. Today it was just a precautionary measure."

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