The second practice of the year is completed and here are some things that caught our eye:
Third-string quarterback Rhett Bomar was impressive. After starting off a bit slow, Bomar warmed up quickly and delivered several accurate passes and caught head coach Tom Coughlin’s attention.
“He did a good job today,” the coach said. “He had some nice balls. It’s always kinda been with Rhett, one step forward, maybe a step and a half back. This is a nice start.”
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said after veteran's minicamp in June that Jim Sorgi was locked into the second-string spot. Bomar will have to continue to impress to have a shot at passing Sorgi.
WR Ramses Barden is known for making impressive catches during practices.
Barden delivered another nice catch, this time snagging a ball while falling down.
But now the 6-6 receiver has to do it on a consistent basis and show the coaches he can be dependable in his second season.
Coughlin said he spoke with four of his young promising players on Monday morning about being consistent in camp and following up one impressive practice with another and another.
“It is not enough to have a good practice, you have to have a good camp,” Coughlin said. “If you put those practices back to back, then you begin to engender some thoughts about how best we can use you. If Ramses can put together a really good camp and do something every time he is on the field, that is what is going to help our football team.”
WR Sinorice Moss made a few catches in the morning practice as did WR Duke Calhoun, who is fighting for a backup roster spot.
RB Andre Brown and RB D.J. Ware will battle it out for the third running back spot and both ran hard. Brown continues to show nice receiving skills out of the backfield.
Backup TE Bear Pascoe took advantage of starter Kevin Boss sitting out as he continues to take it slow after ankle surgery and practice once a day. Pascoe made a nice catch while stretching out his arms in traffic from Bomar.
WR Steve Smith couldn’t get his hands on a deep pass after he beat DB Corey Webster. Eli Manning’s throw glanced off Smith’s fingers as the Albany crowd moaned.