Phillips reiterated what Giants Coach Tom Coughlin has said previously – that he expects to be on the field before the team leaves Albany.
“I’m pretty sure they’ll get me out there sooner than later,” Phillips said. “Honestly, I feel real good about it. I mean, it’s tested. It’s not football tested, but as far as cutting and doing drills and running – I mean, I’ve been doing this for almost the whole offseason. I’m not worried about that. I’m not worried about being in any pain once I do start. I just have to get used to playing football again.”
Phillips has not played since last Sept. 20 in Dallas, where his two interceptions helped the Giants defeat the Cowboys.
For Phillips, it’s not a matter of if he’ll return to the field, but when.
“No doubt at all,” he said. “I feel good. I mean, I worked so hard to get to where I am now, and just watching myself on film doing the drills and everything, I feel real good. I’m not even worried about it.”
“Right now we’re just waiting for him to come back,” safeties coach David Merritt said. “Hopefully, whenever he comes back he’s going to be full speed. But everything is still the same as we expected, so his progress is exactly where we wanted it to be and so when he gets out there and runs around then we’ll be able to see a little more.”
As for Boothe, he said very early in camp that he was about a month away from returning to action after tearing his pectoral muscle.
Young gun: Second-year QB Rhett Bomar had a very impressive morning practice, firing off one perfect pass after another. Coughlin was obviously pleased, but stated that he wants to see more consistency from Bomar.
“He did a pretty good job today,” Coughlin said. “He had some nice balls. It’s always kind of been with Rhett one step forward and maybe a step and a half back so this is a nice start for him. I think there are a lot of guys out there, young guys, and I talked to three or four of them out there. It’s not enough to have a good practice; you have to have a camp. You have to be able to put them back to back. If you put them back to back, then we can put together some thoughts of how we can use you.”
Packed house: The first practice of camp was watched by 1,750 people, the largest opening practice crowd in the 15 years U-Albany has hosted the Giants camp. The previous record of 1,470 was set in 2008.