This shortened offseason still probably feels too long for the Giants.
The team has had a tumultuous start to its training camp following the lockout with the release of veteran linemen Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara, tight end Kevin Boss leaving for the Raiders, wide receiver Steve Smith leaving for the Eagles and defensive end Osi Umenyiora's contract issues. All these problems and the Giants have yet to play their first preseason game, which comes tomorrow night against the Panthers and No. 1 pick Cam Newton.
"It's early," said former Jets lineman Damien Woody, who is now with ESPN and knows a bit about controversial training camps after dealing with the Darrelle Revis holdout last season. "Part of it is that the Giants didn't make the playoffs last season and you don't want that trailing into the next one. It's too early for the Giants or anyone to panic. These situations have a way of settling themselves out."
At least the losses of Seubert, O'Hara, Boss and Smith are definitive, and the Giants have moved on. But the Umenyiora situation still lingers. The defensive end got a second opinion on his knee in Atlanta yesterday, but most believe the reason he has yet to participate in a full practice is because of frustration over his contract.
"When somebody is not there everyone just moves on," former Giants backup quarterback and ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck said. "That's just the nature of the business. You enjoy working with them and getting to know them, but when they move on you can't throw yourself a pity party.
"But Osi is still around and there's a question how injured his [left] knee is. Then you look and there's guy on the defense that, quite honestly, has been jerked around a little bit like Mathias Kiwanuka. Then it could start to cause bad blood, depending on how you feel about it."
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