Moss Steals Show

There was no mistaking the MVP of the first practice of the Giants veteran minicamp. Little number 83, Sinorice Moss, made multiple deep catches and looked every bit the part of the player the Giants drafted in the second round of the draft four years ago.

"I know what I can bring to this team," Moss said after the morning practice. "Whenever I've had opportunities in games, I've made plays."

He sure did on Tuesday morning in the team's expansive new practice facility. First, he beat Terrell Thomas on a deep ball down the right sideline. Later in the workout, he collected another deep pass – this time down the left sideline.

Moss, who has failed to establish himself to this point due to injuries and ineffectiveness, is anxious for an opportunity to make his mark on a team missing both its starting wide receivers from a season ago.

"It's very exciting," he said. "It's wide open for anybody to step up and make some plays."

Moss sure got off to a good start…

Perfect attendance: Tom Coughlin didn't seem the least bit surprised that every member of his roster was present for the start of the three-day minicamp.

"What'd you expect?" Coughlin asked a reporter. "It's a mandatory minicamp."

Coughlin was pleased with how his players performed.

"I think they're enthusiastic," he said. "I think there's a sense of … we want to be better. We know we have a lot of work to do."

Simply put, he's been pleased with his team the entire offseason.

"Right now," Coughlin said, "we're trying to put the finishing touches on a good offseason program."

Phillips stronger: One of the more impressive defensive players this offseason has been safety Kenny Phillips. Coughlin certainly has noticed.

"Phillips has made a lot of plays," Coughlin said. "He showed the range. I see better recognition. I see him getting a jump on the ball. He's bigger and stronger too."…

PR tryouts: When the Giants practiced punt returns the four players back to receive were, in this order, Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham, Moss and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Catching on: Manningham beat Thomas on a nice sideline route, and Hakeem Nicks later made an impressive leaping grab in traffic in the middle of the field.

Final word: "I don't worry about what happened last year. We gotta look forward. It's 2009." – LB Antonio Pierce

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