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Big Blue Report - Football Thursday at the Timex Performance Center

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Football Thursday at the Timex Performance Center

With previous plans on my usual Football Friday routine at the Giants' Timex Performance Center, I ventured over there today instead.  

As this is the last main practice day during game week (Fridays are more walk-throughs/special teams), Thursday are a good indicator as to who might be playing that Sunday.  

On the bikes today were DT Rocky Benard and S Kenny Phillips while CB Corey Webster joined them for a brief period of time.  Among those on the practice field included LB's Michael Boley and Keith Rivers, S Antrel Rolle and CB Jayron Hosley.  

TE Martellus Bennett was doing individual drills but seemed a bit unsure when making cuts.  I asked him afterwards how his knee was doing and he advised that it's OK.  

WR Hakeem Nicks was also out doing individual drills and according to Head Coach Tom Coughlin,that was the plan for today.  Coughlin did say that, although Nicks is missing practice time, he has been doing all the mental practices for the game like team meetings, film work, etc.  

RT David Diehl was also out doing some drills today.  When Coughlin was asked if a part-time role would be helpful for him, he flat out stated that they need to get him out there.

In the locker room, I spoke with newly signed practice squad member RB Joe Martinek.  He said he's been working out the past few weeks, keeping himself ready for that next opportunity.  While several teams called, most were of a "checking-in" variety.  With the concussion suffered by Andre Brown, Martinek is now running the RB slot on the scout team.  When here throughout preseason, he played primarily at the FB position.  He is more then elated on being back.  

When asked about the 5-0 Rutgers start to the season, he said knew the team would do well by how hard they were working out this summer.  

I asked WR Rueben Randle if he had a chance to relax and break down his performance from Sunday and he replied, "I had no time to digest my big game because everything moves real fast."  

I asked a similar question to second-year LB Mark Herzlich in regards to the speed of the game in year number two.  Herzlich responded that he basically caught up to the speed of the game during the second half of his rookie season and this year it's all about reacting to the situation better/faster.  

I asked our running back stud Ahmad Bradshaw whether he found it hard to sleep being super excited or was he exhausted after his huge, 200-yard rushing performance.  Bradshaw said he just crashed that night, thoroughly beat from his big game.  He also said that "big brother" Brandon Jacobs, whom he's playing against this weekend, texted him to congratulate him on his big game.  

Just a thought and you heard it here first.  When the media was walking to the locker room after Coughlin's presser, we were treated to RB David Wilson's dance moves to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Let me be the first to say that if he becomes a star in this league in the years to come, he has a good shot as any athlete on Dancing With the Stars.  If, of course, that show is still around!  


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