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Aug. 6: Jason Pierre-Paul, as expected, had an up-and-down first week of training camp. He showed bursts of speed and flashes that impressed and he also made his fair share of mistakes. Yet he’s confident as he continues to be tutored by the coaching staff and his teammates that he’s most definitely headed in the right direction.
“Once I get coached, it’s going to be on,” he said. “I’ve been bouncing around and around, junior college here, junior college here, then University of South Florida, then NFL. So I’ve just basically been bouncing around but once I’m coached, by my coach, Coach Nunn, he’s coached me very well, and the other coaches around him, it’s going to be on man.”
Hagan catching on: One of the most impressive receivers of last year’s camp was Derek Hagan. Same goes for 2010 – and Tom Coughlin has certainly noticed.
“You know what, he’s a tough guy,” Coughlin said. “He’s had things that have been problems for him but he finds a way to fight his way through it because he knows he has to. There’s a certain thing about motivation but not just that, but about a guy that knows it. He knows it, he stays out there when other guys are done and fights like heck and he’ll end up with a job. He made some nice plays today.”
Learning curve: It hasn’t come too easily so far for backup QB Jim Sorgi, who has struggled with a good amount of his throws, most likely as a result of the fact that he’s not yet fully comfortable in the offense.
“Well, Jim right now is trying to learn and perform in this offense,” Coughlin said. “I think in the classroom, there is no doubt when we look at the opponent that he’s going to be a big help to Eli. At least for someone to bounce stuff off of. At this point in time, obviously, he’s in a position where he’s trying to learn.”
WR swap: The Giants signed rookie free agent WR Nyan Boateng of California and waived Adam Jennings.
Boateng, 6-1, 207, is a native of Brooklyn who attended the Giants rookie minicamp in May on a tryout basis. He began his collegiate career at the University of Florida before transferring to California. His career totals include 46 receptions for 707 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, he caught 13 passes for 191 yards and two scores.
Strong D: Practice concluded with a live goal-line drill. The first- and second-team defenses kept their offensive counterparts out of the end zone each time. Brandon Jacobs was stopped short of the goal line, prompting a group of defensive coaches, including coordinator Perry Fewell, to join the players on the field in celebration.
“You have to give the defense credit,” Coughlin said. “They did a nice job. Usually, I think that it’s a downhill offensive drill, but the defense played it well.”