Giants holding out hope for off-site training camp


Of the 16 teams that still take their training camps out of town, two of them (the Ravens and Jets) have decided to stay put this year.  The other New York team, the Giants, has yet to decide whether to abandon plans to return to Albany, site of the team’s camp since 1996.

“We continue to stay in touch with the [University of Albany] and play it by ear,” Giants V.P. of communications Pat Hanlon told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.  “Our hope remains to hold camp in Albany.”

Per Schwartz, camp is scheduled to launch July 30, and it’s due to break on August 21, three days before students return for fall classes.

As we recently explained, it makes more sense this year to have training camps at remote locations, given that there will have been no offseason program and no communication with coaches during most of the time from March 11 until the end of the lockout, whenever it may come.  Team building and male bonding will be at a premium; getting away from home and setting up shop in dorms will be the best way to set the tone for a regular season following a lost offseason.