Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
There's nothing like an OTA session in early June to get the blood pumping. And Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who missed last season with a knee injury, didn't waste any time taking dead aim at the Philadelphia Eagles. Asked whether last season's playoff loss to the Eagles was driving players to work harder this offseason, Umenyiora had this to say, according Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger:
"They should. I do -- and I wasn't on the football field," he said. "I was on the field, but I wasn't playing and I saw the way it ended. It was a team we should have beat and it was a team that, if the opportunity arises again, we will beat."
That's a pretty strong statement for a guy who wasn't on the field for either game. No matter who you're rooting for, it was pretty obvious the Eagles were the better team in December and January. And both teams have had busy (and productive) offseasons. Something tells me that Tom "Talk is Cheap" Couglin's not exactly thrilled with Umenyiora's comments.
And Coughlin announced that defensive tackles Barry Cofield and Fred Robbins won't participate in team drills this spring. They'll continue to work on the side following offseason knee scopes. Cofield is coming along quicker than Robbins at this point, according to Coughlin.
The most distressing news to Coughlin was the hamstring injury suffered by rookie linebacker Clint Sintim. Coaches were excited about taking a look at Sintim on the same field as the veterans.
"That's not going to help him or us," Coughlin said of Sintim's injury.
And when he was asked how severe the injury was, Coughlin said, "He's out there with an ice pack on his leg. That's all I need to know."