Fast Freddy

ALBANY, NY – Several offensive players such as Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward have gone out of their way to state how well DT Fred Robbins has looked during camp's early going. Coach Tom Coughlin has also noticed.

"Fred's had a good camp," Coughlin said. "He's in outstanding condition, he's worked hard, and it's very obvious. He is very quick off the mark, and he's penetrated and been in the backfield about four times on us in the last two days. The down block is supposed to take care of that, but we can't seem to do it. You talk about a big strong man, but also, a guy that's really done a nice job in terms of conditioning himself, and it's really p aying off on the field. We're hoping that it continues, because there is no doubt he has it in him. A couple of years ago, when he was our Defensive MVP, that's about where he was in terms of his conditioning." As usual, Robbins took all the compliments in stride. "All my hard work is paying off," he said. "I just tried to come in the best shape as I could." Robbins deflected a query that he and his mates might get a little soft as defending champions. "Get another (ring)," Robbins said. "Why let up? Don't stop. Coach Coughlin harps on it all the time – ‘never satisfied.' KP time: Safety Kenny Phillips, the Giants' first-round draft choice, has looked very good during the first week of camp. For the first time in his career, on the final day of July, Phillips took some snaps with the Giants starting defense. "We're going to continue to do that," Coughlin said. "There were some situation defenses we played that we had him come out for. He is going to continue to get that kind of work. We're moving around some of our nickel and dime stuff, putting different people in different spots. We're just trying to give everybody a lot of work."

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