The New York Giants will have their first practice of training camp at the University of Albany on Friday. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke to the media on Thursday about the opening of training camp.
Coughlin said about his message to the players for the upcoming season:
"Well, the message is one of improvement. It's one of taking full advantage of setting the bar, and what we were able to do in the last six games of the year, and analyzing the previous 14 to the last six, and saying to ourselves, ‘Which team are we here?' The quality in which we played. The things that I've mentioned the whole offseason, 14 points a game, 1 turnover, big special teams plays. Those have really established the team we can be. An awful lot of emphasis is on improvement. We certainly want to continue with ‘All In,' and ‘Finish,' but we'd also like to come out of the starting gate and sustain, and then we'd like to finish. We would like to establish the kind of consistency that we think we're capable of playing with. Those are all of the challenges that we gave them in this very first meeting we just had."
Coughlin also named four players who will begin camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list: wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, defensive tackle Chris Canty, tight end Travis Beckum and linebacker Clint Sintim. All of these players are on the active PUP list and can be removed at any time if they are ready to practice.