Giants gather in rain for brief workout

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- It was an ugly, rainy and somewhat chilly morning outside.

But the weather didn't stop seven New York Giants from getting in a 45-minute workout. For the second straight day, quarterback Eli Manning ran some of his receivers through passing drills, although Wednesday's session lasted about 45 minutes due to the rain.

"It is better than sitting on a couch," tight end Kevin Boss said after the workout. "It is nice to get everyone out there and keep this thing going."

Joining Manning and Boss were backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels and wide receivers Hakeem Nicks, Duke Calhoun, Michael Clayton and Samuel Giguere.

Attendance was down from the day before, when Manning ran some targets through passing drills. Wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back D.J. Ware also participated Monday, and wide receiver Ramses Barden stopped by as he continues to recover from a broken ankle from last year.

Players are not covered by teams or the NFL if they suffer an injury during the lockout. So it is understandable if some players didn't want to take the risk of running on a wet field on Tuesday.

"We tried not to do too much just with the conditions and the slippery turf," Boss said. "Try not to do a whole lot of cutting right now, hopefully pick it back up tomorrow. I think maybe the rain scared a few guys away. I think tomorrow is supposed to be nice. So hopefully we will get a good turnout."

Even though players around the country have been organizing workouts on their own -- quarterback Mark Sanchez is holding a camp in California for many of his New York Jets teammates -- Manning reportedly wanted to organize the workouts without any fanfare or attention.

Manning left the workout while waving to reporters.

Boss is happy to be able to catch passes from Manning, even if it comes on a high school football field.

"This is the time every year when we get back together and start throwing the ball around," Boss said. "Usually it is at the facility, but it is important to get back on the same page and start hearing the terminology again, and it is just nice to be amongst each other again."

The tight end is in a unique situation. Like several other Giants with expired contracts, Boss is waiting to see if he will be an unrestricted or restricted free agent, based on the next collective bargaining agreement.

Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Barry Cofield are among the Giants who are in limbo, waiting to see what their status will be.

"It is kind of a different situation for me and a handful of guys on the team are in the same situation," Boss said. "I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am going to stay here in New York. There is nowhere else I want to go and I hope to be able to sign here long term."

The Giants want to re-sign Boss. They did not draft a tight end last week.

"Until they decide what the rules are going to be, whether I am going to be restricted or unrestricted, until then I am going to consider myself a Giant," Boss said. "Just trying to focus on what I can control and trying to get healthy and be ready when we go back to work."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.