Camp Confidential

What's the latest on Strahan? Was that Rice visit for real? How is Brandon Jacobs doing in his new role? How about the backup QB slot? Here's what's going on behind the scenes in Albany...

For all the players saying the right things, it really doesn't appear that many Giants are all that broken up by Michael Strahan's absence. Sure, he's a surefire Hall-of-Famer, but most of his teammates from the days when he was a big-time defensive force are long gone. While the new breed sure appreciates what he's accomplished, there's no doubt they're ready to go on without him…

Speaking of Strahan, rumors have been flying that the Simeon Rice visit was really just a case of Rice and the Giants scratching each other's back. The Giants needed Rice to visit to show Strahan that they were serious about replacing him. However, a source close to Rice told TGI there was no way he'd play for Tom Coughlin, especially since in Tampa he couldn't even get along with Jon Gruden, who's basically known as a player's coach. What Rice wanted and received from the Giants was the news that he passed his physical. Clubs have been scared off from signing him because of an ailing shoulder that cut short his 2006 season…

Brandon Jacobs is converting non-believers by the second. Most who thought the Giants would struggle running the ball as camp opened are now predicting big things for big number 27, TGI included. He's matured tremendously and running with the passion required to succeed as an every-down back…

The Giants aren't exactly rushing to replace Jim Finn. With Robert Douglas and a finally a host of blocking tight ends around, they feel no need to sign another true fullback. Darcy Johnson and rookie free agent Michael Matthews have done very well in the blocking role so far during camp…

Don't hand the backup QB job to Anthony Wright just yet. Jared Lorenzen, despite struggling mightily during his conditioning test, has had a strong camp and could very well capture the number two spot by the end of camp.

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