Thursday night Giants

Thursday evening update on the New York Giants.

Jeremy Shockey gave the media its weekly couple of minutes Thursday, standing out on the practice field at Giants Stadium as they prepared for Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys and their former head coach, Bill Parcells.
   "I think the coaches have done a good job building a game plan for us," Shockey said in his newly-discovered role as Sir Bland. "But the game plan can only do so much for us. We have to do the rest on the field."
   Had enough?
   The next question concerned Dan Campbell, the NFL's best blocking tight end who bolted from the Giants to join the Cowboys last spring. Shockey and Campbell became close friends, and Shockey has said often how much he misses him (not to mention tight ends coach Mike Pope).
   "We are friends and we talk as much as we can," Sir Bland responded. "But we each have a job to do so I don't think we'll talk too much this week."
   Since Campbell took Shockey under his wing last season, has Sir Bland done the same thing for the Giants' young tight end, Visanthe Shiancoe?
   "Yeah, I have," he said. "I try to do for the young guys what Dan did for me. Remember, I tell them, you're only as good as your last play."
   Thankfully, it doesn't mean you're only as good as your last interview.
   -- OLT Luke Petitgout (back spasms) stayed out of practice again Thursday, and in fact didn't even watch because coach Jim Fassel said part of his treatment is to remain off his feet. "I am pretty sure he'll play," Fassel said. "He's a veteran and if he tells me he can go, then I'm going to believe him. So I guess I have until 7 p.m. Monday to decide [the deadline for submitting the Game Inactives list]."
   -- There is still indecision on coach Jim Fassel's part on how to fix the O-line, specifically the RT job currently held down by Ian Allen. By Fassel's admission, "Ian had a rough game [vs. St. Louis] last week. I'm just not sure what I'm going to do." He has options, which include, of course, giving the 6-4, 310-pounder another chance. But this time he should activate his other OT, Jeffrey Hatch. Just in case, you know?
   -- Rookie DE Osi Umenyiori and LG Rich Seubert engaged in a brief flare-up of tempers during practice, but they were pulled apart without a punch being thrown.
   -- There is continued speculation that RBs Ron Dayne and Dorsey Levens will be kept on the Game Inactives list again for a second straight week, and Fassel agreed that there is such a possibility.
   -- Darnell Dinkins, the "fourth tight end" currently on the practice squad, assumed the role of Dallas QB Quincy Carter in practice. Why? "Because he's a great athlete and he can play quarterback and defensive back and wide receiver," Fassel said. Darnell played all those positions in college and for us. We better be prepared for Carter, because he's a developing quarterback with a lot of potential."

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