All Hands on Deck

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

When the Giants open training camp this Friday they will have all of their draft picks on hand.

No, Jeremy Shockey will not be with the Giants when the players report to training camp Thursday morning. He'll be in Jackson, Miss. working out with his new team – the Saints. And that's just fine with the Giants since it was their decision to send the four-time Pro Bowl tight end packing in the first place.

After that move, GM Jerry Reese turned his full attention to making sure the entire 2008 draft class was in Albany on time. Mission accomplished. With Tuesday's signing of first-round pick Kenny Phillips to a five-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $11 million, all seven of New York's picks will hit the practice field running. In the days leading up to Phillips' agreement, Big Blue inked third-round receiver Mario Manningham and then second-round CB Terrell Thomas.

On Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff will be on hand to meet the media on the U-Albany campus. On Thursday all players, including Plaxico Burress, are expected to report. Friday morning the defending Super Bowl champs will hit the field for their first summer practice of 2008.

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