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High Attendance At Giants Camp

The New York Giants had nearly perfect attendance at today’s voluntary Organized Team Activity.
Veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes was the lone absentee and had informed coach Tom Coughlin that he was at a charity golf tournament, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Per the report, the full house is the result of an extremely motivated football team.
“We have a young team,” defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. “I don’t think there are too many older guys who have been in the league for that long.  Those are the guys that tend to not come because they’ve been in the league so long that missing an OTA doesn’t mean anything to them.
“But these guys out here are so hungry, everybody’s fighting and jockeying for position, everybody wants to play, everybody wants to the be on the football field, that you feel like, if you miss one day, somebody might get a leg up on you.  So, everybody’s out here fighting their butts off for that position.”
Umenyiora, who missed last season due to a knee injury, is also highly motivated by having to watch last year as the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs.
“I was on the field, but I wasn’t playing and I saw the way it ended,” said Umenyiora, who has been able to practice without pain.  “It was a team we should have beat and it was a team that, if the opportunity arises again, we will beat.”
Yep, it’s a safe assumption to believe that somewhere in the Eagles’ headquarters that quote will probably be printed out, highlighted, and taped to a bulletin board or two.

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26 Responses to “High Attendance At Giants Camp”
  1. phillymike5959 says: Jun 1, 2009 7:33 PM

    Hey Osi ‘Shoulda , Woulda, Coulda’…..Have fun trying to get around the Eagles new Line…No more Freebies against ‘ Turnstile’ Justice or Thomas…Have a feeling your gonna get put on your a$$ more than a few times against this years line kid………………

  2. Bob_Nelson says: Jun 1, 2009 7:36 PM

    Ramses Barden….Rookie of the Year!!

  3. JakeDSnake says: Jun 1, 2009 7:41 PM

    Oh-oh. The Volleyball is doing the postings. That means if users’ comments get posted at all, they will be posted two hours after submission. [Submitted at 5:45 p.m. 06/01/09]

  4. JayPhilly says: Jun 1, 2009 7:44 PM

    23-11

  5. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 1, 2009 7:48 PM

    “Umenyiora, who missed last season due to a knee injury, is also highly motivated by having to watch last year as the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs”
    Get used to it, Bro.

  6. Proman1 says: Jun 1, 2009 7:58 PM

    Who cares what the Eagles post in their locker room. They suck and only won the game because the Giants didn’t have all of their best players out there. Facts are facts. The Eagles are gonna have their hands full this year and Eagles fans can go back to complaining, crying and cursing out Mcflabb and their overweight dopey coach.

  7. soflaeagle1 says: Jun 1, 2009 7:58 PM

    Osi is a douche bag

  8. sdffa11 says: Jun 1, 2009 8:04 PM

    shoulda…coulda…woulda. the point is your team lost in the playoffs to the eagles. osi’s just another overrated pass rusher with too much hype without enough production. wreck havoc like strahan did for a decade and then make bold predictions like that.

  9. djzato says: Jun 1, 2009 8:12 PM

    Yeah right…..everyone saw that a$$ whooping coming with our without Osi. Post this one up on your locker room bulletin board. Umenyiora will be held sackless against Eagles this year. Keep dreaming Osi….Giants can eat a d!ck.

  10. SmokeAndAPancake says: Jun 1, 2009 8:18 PM

    “I was on the field, but I wasn’t playing and I saw the way it ended,” said Umenyiora, who has been able to practice without pain. “It was a team we should have beat and it was a team that, if the opportunity arises again, we will beat.”
    In the all- time history of the New York Giants, no team has EVER….EVER EVER ..***EVER*** beaten the Giants TWICE at home in the same season.
    Oh wait….
    Scoreboard, Osi.
    And Winston Justice will never play another down for Philadelphia so there goes his wet dream.

  11. mikelley85 says: Jun 1, 2009 8:46 PM

    as a giants fan, the news coming from both the team and NY media about training camp is really good to hear. By the way, Florio…its good to see that you link up Mike Garafolo from the Star-ledger frequently. He’s one of the best in the business.
    -@DGWH

  12. smilergrogan says: Jun 1, 2009 8:50 PM

    i like osi as a player and this is the first time i’ve ever heard of him talking out of school. that having been said, someone should point out to osi that he was there for BOTH TIMES the eagles beat the giants at giants stadium last year. once, lucky maybe. twice, probably not.
    someone also better point out to osi that jason peters isn’t winston justice and since the difference in the last two games was the lack of plexiglas (and he ain’t coming back), so maybe his prediction is overly optimistic. .

  13. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 1, 2009 10:17 PM

    Proman1 says:
    June 1st, 2009 at 7:58 pm
    Who cares what the Eagles post in their locker room. They suck and only won the game because the Giants didn’t have all of their best players out there. Facts are facts. The Eagles are gonna have their hands full this year and Eagles fans can go back to complaining, crying and cursing out Mcflabb and their overweight dopey coach.
    *****
    I love Giants fans. All you guys do is make excuses. Try manning up once in your life. The Giants were not as good as the Eagles last year. FACTS ARE FACTS. The Eagles did not have their best offensive lineman and lost the one game because they could not get some short yardage. All teams have injuries and if your team is not deep enough to handle then they are not that good.
    The Eagles have made MAJOR upgrades this year at O-Line (3 out of 4 positions), RB, TE, WR, FB, & Safety. Uh, the Giants got OSI back and replaced a decent, albeit a douchy, WR with a rookie with potential. Maybe Osi should get back on the field and let his actions talk.
    Remember Eli before he had Plax? HAHAHA. Have fun this year without Plax and Spags.’
    ANdy Reid is fat and you added FLAB after the MC and it even rhymes with NABB. Man, you Giants fans are clever. If you only could have worked in Eagirls…

  14. Zaggs says: Jun 1, 2009 10:26 PM

    Superbowl Records:
    Eli Manning=1-0
    Donovan McNabb=0-1 and a bowl of Chunky!

  15. Eaglescout says: Jun 1, 2009 11:54 PM

    Osi that is Jason Peterson your going up against this season not Winston Bustice. Enjoy your pancakes.

  16. east96st says: Jun 2, 2009 12:02 AM

    Smush Rodrigez says:
    “I love Giants fans. All you guys do is make excuses.”
    We love Philly fans. All you guys do is talk out your ass all off season and then come up empty at the end again and again and again. 43 Super Bowls. 11 won by the NFC East. That means that a NFC East team has won one Super Bowl out of every four so far. Yet, one NFC East team has not won a single Super Bowl. Not surprisingly, it’s the one with the fans that talk the most, while their team does the least.
    0 for 43. But you keep talking. It’s what you do so well. Too bad they don’t give out rings for that.

  17. massmang says: Jun 2, 2009 1:44 AM

    Giants 3 Super Bowl wins
    Eagles 0 Super Bowl wins
    All you Eagles fans saying Osi isn’t going to be able to compete with Jason Peters. Osi got 2 sacks against him when they played the Bills the season the Ginats went on to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Peters eventually left the game due to injury.

  18. reo says: Jun 2, 2009 2:41 AM

    How does this get a full piece and yet the Titans have had nearly 100% attendance, not only to their OTAs for the past 2-3 years but also their entire offseason conditioning program.
    KVB showed up to workout at BSP to start his conditioning and working for the 2009 season at 6:00 am the first Monday morning after the loss to the Ravens.

  19. mc_bob says: Jun 2, 2009 2:47 AM

    I like how two giants fans went through all the posts here and rated any pro-eagles post (regardless of rationality) 1/5 and any pro-giants post 5/5.
    It’s time almost as well spent as me writing this response!
    13-year-old internet shenanigans aside, I had tremendous respect for the giants 2008 team, but anyone who is saying that not having plax won’t matter (and is additionally ignoring the severe drop in 3rd down conversion %) is kidding themselves. Its a tremendous loss, particularly against the eagles, who never could match up against him. He KILLED their 5’10 corners. I expect them to win both games this year.

  20. stini777 says: Jun 2, 2009 5:02 AM

    The Giants first priority should be to find a QB that can actually throw in the wind. Smush said it best – “have fun this year without Plax and Spags”.

  21. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 2, 2009 7:27 AM

    East96:
    I wish I could get a ring for this. I usualyy do agree with most of the stuff you say. I even agree that some Philly fans talk out our ass. However, the Eagles were much better last year by looking at the three games (Eagles should have won all 3 in my opinion). The Eaglesgot much better and the Giants lost the Eagle Killer Plax and a great Def coordinator. Te Eagles finally addressed some glaring holes and looked to improve quite a bit. Now, it is possible that the Eagles will not play together well and have a bad year but I do not see it that way.
    The Giants fans love to make excuses. Look back through the posts when the Eagles beat them last year. Even now… We did not have Osi. So what, the Eagles did not have thier best offesive lineman and lost a few games on short yardage. Did we say, BUT WE DID NOT HAVE Shawn? No, we did not. Injuries are part of this game and the fact that Osi was hurt is not relevant – the fact that your bakup was not as good is relevant. It is not an excuse but an oversight of your beloved GM.
    Why are other fans and players (like Osi) allowed to be optimistic in the offseason but Philly fans are not? Because we haven’t won superbowls ___insert your favorite Giant or Cowboy comment here_____. It has no relevance to next season. Eagles were close. They were better than every team in the NFC East. They improves their team. Every site has the Eagles rated in the top 3 in offseason moves and draft. No, there is not a ring for that or the salary cap.
    So, when Osi says: “It was a team we should have beat and it was a team that, if the opportunity arises again, we will beat.” I will react because it is false. The Eagles were better and should have won all three games (in my opinion) but won 2 out of three and that is the definition of better Osi.
    Osi is a good player and he will do fine against Peters – just not as fine as aainst Justice. Last time I checked, the Giants still have that slow ass middle linebacker playing (and I do not check much). But, Pierce stinks. He is slow and gets a lot of stupid penalties. The Giants would have been better without him last year in the Eagles games.
    Anyway, look forward to the matchups this year. I hope the Eagles and the Giants each beat the Cowboys twice and theat they have great games against each other (like last year). And it comes down to these two teams in the NFCCG in Philly.

  22. east96st says: Jun 2, 2009 10:01 AM

    Smush:
    Spags is gone, but the guy who replaced him worked under Spags for the entire time Spags was in NY and has stated repeatedly that he intends to keep using Spags D. Plax is a loss, but it appears that he won’t be playing anywhere in the NFL this season due to his court case, so the Giants wouldn’t have had him anyway. In the ’08 season, Giants D had no sacks against Philly, 42 overall. In ’07 – 15 sacks against Philly, 53 overall. Both I and Jerry Reece think that’s a bigger problem than Plax and that’s why NY has signed D free agents and now has the deepest D line in the NFL ( I won’t say the best D line because they have not yet played). Losing Toomer is NOT a loss. He’s done and has not received any calls from the other 31 teams. Pierce was/is a liability. I believe some of it was the court case hanging over his head. Whatever the reason, the Giants signed Boley and drafted a fast LB to help patch that hole.
    Philly – I think Maclin is a stud. Great pickup. I expect him to have an immediate impact on special teams. Kudos. Your O line? I don’t think Peters is that great. He was good/terrible (depending on the year) in a weak division that is not known for it’s pass rushers. NE was/is the only real threat from the AFC Least and they have never been a “sack machine”. You all think Peters stank up the field because he wasn’t getting paid. So, what happens when someone inevitably signs a bigger contract than him? Speaking of contracts, now Andrews is unhappy with his. Will that show on the field? Signing his brother doesn’t blow me away either. I think your O line is over rated and it’s ridiculous to make pronouncements, like you did, that it’s the best O line in the NFL when they haven’t played one down yet. Now, I sincerely wish him the best and a full recovery, but Philly has lost it’s D coordinator, too. So, your team has the same question mark there as NY does. Yes, Johnson’s still “part of the team”. But I think we can all agree that the man needs to focus on saving his own life and really won’t be dissecting film for the Eagles THIS year. Let’s all hope he is back next year. McNabb has been in the NFL for ten seasons. I think it’s fair to question his durability and longevity. He may have another five years in him. He may not finish out the season. He’s a bigger question mark than you want to admit. You want to be optimistic? Great. That’s part of being a fan. But every year I listen to Philly fans and Jets fans say “This is year”. It gets old. Get excited, have fun, but hold off on the Lombardi trophy presentations until the teams actually start to play.

  23. Tuck You says: Jun 2, 2009 10:11 AM

    Yo the Eagles tied the bum a$$ Bengals last year. Stop trying to act like they were waaaay better than the Giants. Its obvious the GMEN were too injured late in the year and were unable to adjust to losing Plax. The Eagles played hot towards the end of the yr and caught the Giants when they were at their weakest and beat them fair and square. But come on, those teams were about equal. Philly barley even made the playoffs. You guys go so over bored with your homerism it diminishes all of your credibilty. All you have to ask is at 100$ and with every player on the roster from game 1, whioch team is better? Oha and Osi is back this year with a few new additions. Tell Peters and the Andrews sisters good luck.
    (and its Peters not Peterson, don’t even know your own players, pathetic)

  24. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 2, 2009 10:39 AM

    Tuck You says:
    Yo the Eagles tied the bum a$$ Bengals last year. Stop trying to act like they were waaaay better than the Giants. Its obvious the GMEN were too injured late in the year and were unable to adjust to losing Plax.
    ***
    I wonder why I always say Giants fans make excuses.

  25. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 2, 2009 11:00 AM

    east96st:
    “You all think Peters stank up the field because he wasn’t getting paid.”
    —Not true, I think it was because his team stinks and the rest of the line stunk in front of a bad QB. Yes, I did say best O-Line in fotball. And you are correct – that was just wishful thinking.
    “Speaking of contracts, now Andrews is unhappy with his. Will that show on the field? ”
    —Incorrect. He has never said anything about his contract. Philly reporters and Florio are assuming there is a problem where there is not.
    “but Philly has lost it’s D coordinator, too. So, your team has the same question mark there as NY does. ”
    Very true. Very true. I am not the biggest Jim Johnson fan – I actually like Spags better when he was with Giants. But this is a major ? for the Eagles.
    The McNabb question is legit too. I am not presenting the Lombardi trophy. I am merely saying that the Eagles filled a lot of holes and they look to be better off than most teams and made some (potentially) great off season moves. I actually am not too sure about the moves the GGiants made on the defense but I will read up on it.

  26. cramjones says: Jun 2, 2009 10:10 PM

    Perhaps the perfect attendance will start a fund drive to sell the rest of the PSL’s. Starting with the suckers that showed up.

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