2014 Giants Training Camp Update – July 24, 2014
Believe it or not another season of New York Giants Football is just around the corner.
And, coming off a terrible 7-9 campaign there are several storylines already to follow as Big Blue looks to prepare to championship form, or at a minimum a postseason appearance.
1. Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree is back with the club, but won’t be catching any pinning any passes to the top of his helmet. He’s been named the team’s director of player development. The story isn’t so much that he’s back back, but the criticism the team has taken for hiring a guy who made a few anti-gay marriage remarks, according to ESPN, including a allegedly saying he’d trade in the helmet catch if it would stop homosexuals from being married. However, he can’t and this may be the greatest catch in Super Bowl history:
2. Running back David Wilson, the team’s first round draft pick in 2012, has been cleared to return to the playing field. He underwent neck surgery this offseason to fix a disc injury he sustained in Week 5 last season, missing the team’s final 11 games. The quick footed and skilled ball-carrier has had issues holding onto the ball. He’s only fumbled three times in 115 rushing attempts over his first two years in the league, but it seems that all of them came at a bad. But, then again, when does a fumble ever happen at a good time?
3. As Wilson’s return is good news for the backfield, the Giants are also seeing bright spots out of 2014 draft selection Andre Williams, a RB out of Boston College who led the nation with 2,177 rushing yards last year. In case you see a No. 44 in the breaking past the line, keep in mind that it’s not Ahmad Bradshaw, it’s Andre Williams. (NOTE: Don’t forget the Giants signed Rashad Jennings this offseason to a four-year $10 million deal)
4. Finally, there was a sad start to Giants camp this year as 10-year veteran Chris Snee announced his retirement. A staple in the Giants offensive line package, he spent his entire career with Big Blue after being drafted out of Boston College. Snee suffered a serious elbow injury last season and after undergoing surgery, initially thought he’d be able to return for at least another year. However, once he got into the swing of heavy workouts to prepare for the season, he realized he could not compete at a level that he and the team expected. Snee, who is also the son-in-law of coach Tom Coughlin, was a little emotional in making his official announcement in front of the media this week. Snee seems to be the type of player/guy whom you could see as a line coach, assistant or more sometime in the future.