Giants still feel dissed (cont.)
At one point in Friday afternoon's Giants practice, I looked up and saw Carr (2002) and Eli Manning (2004) flanking Palmer. They are just two of the four quarterbacks drafted first overall who Palmer has worked with in his career. He was quarterbacks coach for Drew Bledsoe (1996) in New England on Bill Parcells' staff, and the Browns head coach when they took Tim Couch No. 1 in 1999. Throw in Cleveland defensive end Courtney Brown in 2000, and Palmer has experience coaching five No. 1's.
After watching Woodson in two camp practices, I can say confidently that he throws a very pretty spiral, but the Giants are going to have to work on his throwing motion and the time it takes him to get rid of the ball. He seems to be in the full wind-up most of the time, and he's going to find that the window to deliver the ball in the NFL is much tighter than the one he's used to from college.
If you thought Jeremy Shockey was happy not to have to deal with the circus that his presence at Giants training camp would have created, imagine how Coughlin and Reese feel. Relieved doesn't do justice to the look that crossed their faces when I asked them about New York's trade of its veteran tight end to New Orleans earlier this week.
"We wanted it to work and we tried to make it work,'' said Reese of the Giants' relationship with the irascible Shockey. "We went to the 11th hour to try and make it work. But after all things were considered, we thought it was the best decision for Jeremy to move on and us to move on.''
Second-year tight end Kevin Boss has quickly become the people's choice at Giants camp. New York's fans have really embraced Boss, shouting his name whenever he's within, well, shouting distance. I'm getting the distinct feeling the Western Oregon product has emerged as the anti-Shockey, a no-nonsense, team-first type who is now going to earn the starting role in Shockey's absence. Boss, who has great hands and seems to catch everything, gets an ovation in camp for anything tougher than buckling his chin strap.
As for Shockey's new NFL address, ex-Giants teammate Justin Tuck still can't quite wrap his mind around it. Maybe because the notion of calling Shockey a Saint has never been thought of before.
"I saw him last night on TV in that white and gold jersey, and it didn't look right,'' Tuck said.
Which Giants Super Bowl hero just completed the greatest offseason that he'll ever have in his NFL career? That would be New York receiver David Tyree, he of the patented ball-against-the-helmet game-turning catch in last February's big game.
Tyree underwent offseason knee surgery and has been placed on the Giants' physically unable to perform list, so technically his 2008 season has yet to begin. But if there was ever a better six months to be David Tyree, I'm not sure when that could have possibly been. Don't know if he even drinks, but if he does, there's no way he ever bought for himself this offseason.
"In a lot of ways, yeah, it was great,'' Tyree told me. "But I'm nursing an injury, so it's like a blessing and a curse at the same time.''
It's early, but Eli Manning is already sharp. When reporters tried to coax him into commenting on whether he thinks Burress' early camp ankle injury is really about his contract dissatisfaction, Manning evaded the question just as deftly as he escaped from all that Patriots pass pressure in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.
"How do you know it's an ankle and not a contract thing,'' a reporter asked. "I don't know anything,'' Manning said, in that southern drawl of his. "I'm just hoping for the best.''