Practice report: No. 88 back on the field

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Hakeem Nicks didn't just show up at the Timex Performance Center on Tuesday and speak with coach Tom Coughlin and reporters in the morning. He also participated in the first practice of the Giants' three-day minicamp in the afternoon.

Nicks didn't appear to be going full-speed, but he worked during both individual and 11-on-11 drills. For the complete story on Nicks, click here.

In other news from Tuesday's practice:

Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan had been serving as the team's starting wide receivers during OTAs in the absence of Nicks and Victor Cruz. But Louis Murphy was paired with Randle when the Giants began 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday.

Both Jernigan and Nicks eventually got snaps with the first unit as well. But Coughlin has spoken very positively about Murphy in recent weeks, and it appears the 26-year-old speedster, who played for the Carolina Panthers last season, may be climbing up the depth chart.

Coughlin sounded relatively pleased with his team as a whole following the nearly two-hour practice on Tuesday.

"We had good energy," Coughlin said. "Good energy today."

• Center David Baas and guard Chris Snee did some individual work on the side, but watched most of the action again as they recover from injuries.

Coughlin expects both players to be able to participate for a much larger extent come training camp in July.

"That's what I'm told (by the doctors), that they will be ready to go," Coughlin said. "I'm sure there'll be some limitations, but it won't be like it is here. They'll be able to work."

James Brewer continues to start at right guard, in place of Snee. On Tuesday, regular left guard Kevin Boothe slid to center, and Brandon Mosley served as the starting left guard.

• Coughlin also provided updates on a couple of other injured Giants, who were out of sight on Tuesday -- defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had back surgery last week, and fullback Henry Hynoski, who had knee surgery in late May.

"He's here. But he's in the process of getting to the point where he can do some things," Coughlin said, of Pierre-Paul. "I know probably for the first three or four weeks he's not going to be doing much."

"He's doing well. Every day he's in there," the coach said of Hynoski, adding that he hopes both will be ready for the start of the regular season in September.

• There weren't many flashy plays during Tuesday's practice. One that did stand out, however, was a swat-down by rookie defensive end Damontre Moore off a pass thrown by fellow rookie Ryan Nassib.

Moore, the team's third-round draft choice out of Texas A&M, has been impressive this spring, and the coaching staff has talked him up as well.

The Giants also attempted a rare flea-flicker during 11-on-11 drills. The pass by Curtis Painter was on the mark, but second-year man Brandon Collins, leaping up over a crowd of defenders, couldn't haul it in.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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