As the Mets begin their pathetic fade into space, many fans of the Mets and Giants are now turning toward Big Blue as they prepare for training camp.
In just nine days, the Giants will hold their first practice of the 2010-11 season at the University of Albany. The Giants have trained at the University of Albany since 1996, their longest tenure at one location for training camp. According to the University of Albany’s website, the Giants have previously trained in the states of Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Oregon.
Although last season ended with a nasty slide following an impressive 5-0 start, there really has not been any serious drama this off-season. Osi Umenyiora has been pretty quiet after complaining throughout the end of last year when he lost his starting job. At one low point of last season, Umenyiora even indicated that he wasn’t totally sure he would return with Big Blue this season.
In other news, the Giants will be welcoming former first round draft pick Antrelle Rolle to training camp, who spent the first few seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals. Rolle’s 5-year $37 million dollar contract makes him one of the highest paid safeties in the NFL.
Speaking of money, wide receiver Steve Smith is hoping for a big deal following his monstrous 2009 campaign in which he shattered franchise records, including receptions in a season. He said he will not hold out, which is probably the smartest thing to do on his part. The Giants will most likely give him his desired paycheck sometime in the near future.
The Giants have a very highlighted schedule this year, beginning week 1. The Giants kick off their season against the Panthers, who closed out a sold out Giants Stadium in what was quite a disaster considering the Giants had playoff chances on the line.
It doesn’t get any easier week 2 as Big Blue will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in the second Manning vs Manning matchup. In the first matchup in 2006, the Giants came up short at Giants Stadium, 26-21.
Besides divisional teams and the above mentioned opponents, the Giants will also face the Titans, Bears, Texans, Lions, Seahawks, Jaguars, Vikings, and Packers.