Alford Champing at Bit

Aug. 5: Defensive tackle Jay Alford has been added to the list of players who will practice once a day. Alford missed the 2009 season after undergoing knee surgery. Then he tweaked his MCL in the spring, forcing him to miss minicamp.

"He's sore and that's to be expected," Tom Coughlin said. "The next thing after the doctor discovers the soreness is probably to slow him down. So that's what they're doing."

"It's because of what happened in OTAs and minicamp when I had tweaked it that little bit," Alford said. "Now we've got full pads on so they're a little nervous, but it's fine."

The one-a-day group includes Kevin Boss, Hakeem Nicks, Keith Bulluck and Osi Umenyiora. Nicks survived a scare when he came down awkwardly on his knee, but was cleared to return to practice shortly afterward.

Alford was understandably unhappy that they're pulling in the reins on him after he missed all of last season.

"I want to get as many reps as possible, not have them taken away from me, but I understand that they're doing what they think is best," he said.

A.M. report: In the seven-on-seven drill, Aaron Ross batted an Eli Manning pass away from Bear Pascoe and Antrel Rolle intercepted Jim SorgiTerrell Thomas should have picked off Manning in a team period, but the ball slipped through his hands. Coughlin wanted tight end Scott Chandler to fight harder to prevent Thomas from getting to the ball…Mathias Kiwanuka picked up a muffed center/quarterback exchange and stepped into the end zone…Ross and Sinorice Moss handled the bulk of the punt returns.

Rocking and ‘Rolle'ing: The late practice concluded with a spirited two-minute drill pitting the first-team offense against the starting defense. The offense started at its 40-yard line with 1:12 on the clock and advanced as far as the defense's 38, where it faced a fourth-and-10 with 11 seconds to go. Eli Manning's pass for Kevin Boss was intercepted by Antrel Rolle.

"You just have to understand that they need 10 yards to get a first down," Rolle said. "So I just pretty much sat at the sticks and waited for the tight end to break either way and I was able to make a good break on the ball."

Rolle returned the pick the distance and then performed a little celebration dance.

"It's all about fun," he said. "You have to have fun when you're playing such a great game."

Rolle, who joined the Giants this offseason after five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, is enjoying his first Giants camp.

"The competition level has been tremendous and it's only going to get better," he said.

P.M. report: Derek Hagan had another strong practice and out-jumped D.J. Johnson to make a terrific catch of a Rhett Bomar pass…Sinorice Moss had several good catches…Lawrence Tynes made all seven of his field goal attempts from 20 to 41 yards and started 15-for-15 in camp.

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