Training Camp Thurs Aug 1 Notes

Bennett wowed the crowd

Giants training camp notes for August 1, 2002 and special notes on Ron Dixon from Paul Schwartz

ALBANY - No one got into a fight in the cafeteria today, which was a welcome bit of calm amid what thus far has been a turbulent training camp. There was actually a pleasant sight for the Giants to see in the afternoon, as Ron Dixon, the receiver with loads of talent in need of harnessing, made himself noticed for all the right reasons.

First, Dixon made a leaping catch over cornerback Ralph Brown. Dixon followed that up with an even better effort, leaping high in the end zone, up and over lanky cornerback Will Peterson, to grab a Kerry Collins fastball. These are the type of plays the Giants believe Dixon can make, but the third-year wideout doesn't make them often enough.

"He did a great job,'' Jim Fassel said. "Ron had a spectacular day. I don't expect him to have that kind of day every day, I just need him to fall somewhere in a consistency range. Today he was outstanding.''

During a brief career that has been filled with more criticism than praise, Dixon was heartened by Fassel's words. "It's a good feeling but I don't let it go to my head, because it's about time,'' Dixon said. "It's time for all this to happen.

This is something that shouldn't surprise anybody. It doesn't surprise me. It's just time for me to play like this. I understand everything, I know all the plays without a shadow of a doubt. I worked a lot this off-season catching balls, I'm trying to break that dropping habit I had last year. I feel I'm a much better player than I was.''

Dixon is locked in a battle for the No. 3 receiver spot, as rookie Tim Carter and second-year player Jonathan Carter are both in the mix. Jonathan Carter in the same practice also made a few nice catches. "Both of those guys have got talent, both those guys show flashes, both those guys need to show consistency and that will be the difference,'' Fassel said.

More Camp News

Rookie FB Darian Barnes, who had a few impressive moments in a live goal line drill the previous day, made a nifty catch of a bullet thrown by Jesse Palmer...

A potential scare came in the afternoon when Ron Dayne on a cutback slammed into Jonathan Carter, sending the skinny receiver to the grass. Carter eventually got to his feet and did not have to leave practice...

Rookie Charles Stackhouse, penciled in as the starting fullback, returned after missing time with a hamstring injury...

Sean Bennett wowed the crowd with an over-the-shoulder grab against S Clarence LeBlanc to haul in a long pass from Jason Garrett...

The only skirmish of the day was a very brief scuffle between DT Ryan Fisher and T Andy Stensrud. As usual, Fassel jumped in the middle of the fray to break it up...

The Giants worked on the two-minute drill for the first time in camp and the highlight was Amani Toomer's diving catch against CB Will Peterson for a 40-yard gain on a pass from Kerry Collins...

Practice in the afternoon was cut short by 10 minutes when thunder and lightning filled the sky, followed by heavy rain.

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