Kerry Collins at lunchtime said "This is the best skill group I've had around me since I've been in the NFL.'' Then, as if to prove his point, those skills guys did some impressive work in the afternoon.
Amani Toomer started things off with an over-the-shoulder catch, beating CB Will Peterson. Before long, Ike Hilliard was out-jumping Will Allen for a catch and Jonathan Carter was outrunning Kendrick Llorens to haul in a deep pass.
Darnell Dinkins has been assigned a home. He's now a tight end and wears No. 82 rather than No. 12. The former quarterback, who advanced toward an improbable roster spot with a sensational special teams play in the 22-19 preseason victory over the Patriots, arrived at camp as the No. 4 quarterback and needed a new position. The 6-3, 243-pound Dinkins played tight end (and almost everything else) at the University of Pittsburgh and on this day started a crash-course, working closely with tight ends coach Mike Pope.
"You got to find him some place to get on the team,'' Pope said. "You justify him being on special teams because he has a position.''
Dinkins had a catch and a drop during practice and then blew away most everyone in conditioning running. There's a chance Dinkins could make enough progress in a few days to get a few plays at tight end in Saturday's preseason game in Atlanta.
Tiki Barber participated in about 15 plays in the afternoon practice and said his strained rib cartilage is feeling fine.
C Dusty Zeigler went to Vail, Colorado to get a second opinion on his surgically-repaired knee. Zeigler has yet to practice in camp and his status for the Sept. 5 opener is uncertain.
WR Tim Carter played against the Patriots, did not have a catch and Jim Fassel did not like the way he ran. Carter injured his back during a fall early in camp and will rest for the remainder of the week, making it unlikely he will play against the Falcons.
Rodney Williams had a solid day punting. "But today's Monday and it's Giants vs. Giants,'' Fassel said. "I want to see it Sunday when it's Giants vs. 49ers or Giants vs. Rams.''