Kevin Boss is gone. The Prince has arrived. And Osi still isn’t practicing.
Those were the highlights -- or lowlights, if you will -- from Friday’s Giants practice at Timex Performance Center.
Boss, who had played the last four seasons in New York, signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Oakland Raiders in the morning.
The Giants have five tight ends on their roster and will need a few of them to step up. Travis Beckum will start unless the Giants make another move at tight end. Beckum, entering his third NFL season, lined up with the first team in practice, and hauled in a couple passes during the hurry up drill, which was capped by Eli Manning’s 45-yard TD strike to Darius Reynaud between two defenders. The Giants even ran some dual tight end formations featuring Beckum and Bear Pascoe.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara became the last first-round pick to sign a contract on Thursday night, agreeing to a four-year deal. He seemed very happy to finally be in camp, but he’s got a lot of catching up to do, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
“It depends on how fast he can learn a new language,” Coughlin said. “It is Chinese to him right now, so he has a lot of work to do that way.”
Amukamara didn’t see that much action but he saw a few snaps and was beaten on one by wideout Todd Watkins for a 15-yard reception.
Last, but most certainly not least, Osi Umenyiora rode the stationary bike again.
The defensive end continues to be in a contract dispute with the team, and is also hampered by a “sore knee.” He says he either wants a new contract or a trade.
Fans were quick to get on No. 72 during practice.
“Osi! Suit up!” one fan yelled. “Be a man! Honor your contract!”
Bruce Johnson was waived/injured Friday after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
Mathias Kiwanuka continued to see action at linebacker. And Coughlin said that the hybrid pass rusher would stay in that role, “at this point, yes,” even without Umenyiora at defensive end. Clint Sintim now is working with the second team.
Devin Thomas had a pass deflect awkwardly off his hand and left with what the Giants confirmed as a dislocated finger. Thomas sat out all of Thursday night’s practice after he rolled his ankle. Before suffering the injury, he beat Terrell Thomas during 1-on-1 drills and made a lunging grab.
On the other hand, Domenik Hixon, who didn’t participate Thursday was back and participating on Friday.
Safety Tyler Sash, the team’s sixth-round selection in the draft, earned the praise of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell when he picked off a Sage Rosenfels pass that was intended for Jerrel Jernigan.
“That’s a hell of a play, Tyler!” Fewell yelled to the rookie.
And linebacker Mark Herzlich also had an interception off a tipped ball for what would have been a pick-six.
Herzlich and LB Jacquian Williams saw more third-team snaps with LB Spencer Paysinger watching due to a groin injury. Safety Cary Harris also left practice early with a shoulder injury.