Snee Sidelined. Guard Chris Snee will not work this week due to some discomfort that’s developed in his surgically repaired right elbow. Head coach Tom Coughlin said that there’s no reason to rush Snee back onto the field, “he’s played enough. Let’s get him to where he was.”
Snee, who said that his reduction in snaps has been planned in advance, remains optimistic about being able to play this season, most likely his last in the NFL.
“You saw what the (NBA champion San Antonio) Spurs did, right?” he said when asked out his lack of practice reps. “They rested some older guys.”
The extra rest, by the way, has done nothing to deter Snee’s optimism about being ready for training camp when the team reports on July 21.
“I’m moving well and feeling good. When the team periods come around, I go over and help the younger guys and also get reps for myself.”
Snee, who last year had surgeries on both hips and his elbow, said that his elbow procedure was “more intense” than he expected it to be.
“The rehab has been longer and that is why there has been this approach. My lower body feels great. I don’t know if you were watching me run out there but I’ve been moving pretty good.”
Beckham Still Waiting. Receiver Odell Beckham, who’s been nursing a hamstring strain, continues to be limited to individual drills.
Last week he had expressed hope to be able to participate in the full minicamp, but the trainers continue to hold him out. “He was able to go, but whether he could hit that top speed was another question, so why take that chance right now?” Coughlin said.
Decoding the fullback role. One of the most intriguing battles on the upcoming training camp card has been the competition at fullback which will pit Henry Hynoski against John Conner this summer.
This battle has also been one of the most difficult ones to handicap, largely because it’s not really known what new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo expected from the fullback position.
It looks like the fullback’s been used in a lot of the single back sets, replaced by a tight end in multiple back formations. So far, that’s meant a reduciton in the fullback’s snaps.
“Last year there were more reps, definitely a lot more two-back sets,” Conner said. ” This year it’s a lot more single back. Right now we’re trying to see what we have and see how we’re going to attack defenses.”
Backs Moving Forward. Back in late February, new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said that any running back on his team would have to be able to protect the quarterback on passing downs if they hoped to get on the field.
So far, so good in that regard, according to the man they’ll be tasked with protecting, quarterback Eli Manning.
“Yeah, I think the running backs have done a good job. They had a couple nice blitz pickups today and those guys, changing the protections, and those guys understanding and picking up protections, hit them on a couple routes and get them in the open space and make some plays so I think they’re doing a good job of understanding this offense and their routes and protections,” he said.
Defense Earns Praise. Flipping to the defense, Manning said he’s liked what he’s see from the unit.
“They’re moving around fast, they’re playing quick. Guys know what they’re doing, they’re showing a number of different looks for us, which is I think good as an offense to go against some different looks, different personnel, different alignments and different defensive fronts,” he said.
“We’re kind of getting everything thrown at us and maybe make some calls on the run that maybe we haven’t gone over yet and then correcting them in the film room and seeing how we want to do it in the future, how we want to protect things or run things so I think they’re looking good and we’re having some good practices. It’s back and forth.”
Beatty Making Progress. Left tackle Will Beatty confirmed that he expects to be ready for training camp. However, what he wasn’t able to confirm is if he’d be ready for the first practice, scheduled for July 22.
“(The trainers) are not saying what day of camp,” Beatty said when asked about his time frame. However, he did say that he hopes to see some action in at least one preseason game.
Charles Brown has been mostly filling in for Beatty at left tackle. John Jerry, the other candidate capable of playing the position, has been sidelined this spring while recovering from knee surgery.