If there’s one surprise when it comes to the Giants PUP list of players, it would have to be guard Chris Snee.
Why is it a surprise? Because the 31-year old Snee, a four-time Pro bowler, looked to be making good progress during the spring workouts, even doing as much as pushing a weighted cart around to test out the hip he had surgically repaired in February.
Snee, who is on the PUP list for the first time in his career, thinks his stay on the list will be short-lived. “I wouldn’t think it would be too long but I don’t know. I feel pretty good, I’ll really just take this week and just condition hard and see how it feels after that.”
Snee confirmed that there has been no setback in his recovery, and that he and the medical staff are just playing things safely.
“There are still some things that I need to work out and, like I said, there’s no reason to rush things now,” he said. “I’m doing everything I need to do to get in shape and I ran harder than those guys did yesterday.”
Snee said he always knew there was a possibility he might end up on PUP to start training camp, so the decision didn’t come as a surprise. He also said he doesn’t think he’ll need much time to get himself ready once he does get the green light.
“I still need to get in the preseason games and get those reps. I wouldn’t feel comfortable going into a regular season opener without having played some preseason games. Now, do I want to take 40 snaps a game? No. But I need to get some practice reps and some game reps. I’ll get those in.”
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Color head coach Tom Coughlin perplexed when it comes to the status of cornerback Terrell Thomas, who continues to recover from his third ACL surgery and who is currently sitting on the PUP list. .
“He’s restricted in what he can do,” Coughlin said when asked about Thomas. “We’re all frustrated about it. He is himself, number one.”
The source of that frustration, Coughlin explained, is that there was no reason for anyone, including Thomas, to believe that the sixth-year cornerback wouldn’t be ready to take part in training camp on at least a limited basis.
However, that hasn’t been the case, and the team’s medical staff has put Thomas on ice for the time being to allow him to continue strengthening his knee.
“The sooner he can get out there, the better off we’ll all be,” Coughlin said. “We’ll be patient, but know full well that we’re all excited the moment he gets a chance to come out and practice and we get a sense of where he is, how he’s going to be and that type of thing.”
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Newly signed fullback Ryan D’Imperio didn’t want to come right out and say it, but the former Rutgers standout is yet another in what seems to be a growing line of Giants who grew up rooting for a NFC team other than Big Blue.
“My family is from Philadelphia. I grew up 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia,” he said with a straight face. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
Actually D’Imperio, who had pro stints with the Vikings and, briefly, with the Chiefs, hopes to do all his talking on the field.
As a member of the Giants, he’ll rotate with tight end Bear Pascoe at the fullback spot while starter Henry Hynoski (knee/PUP), continues his rehab.
As a converted linebacker, D’Imperio, a man of very few words, thinks that his experience gained on the other side of the ball might help him fill the lead blocker role.
“Recognizing plays, like protections and stuff like that,” he said when asked what advantages playing linebacker could give him in his new role as a fullback. “You kind of see the rotation. I’m kind of used to being on the side of the other rotation. So it does help in a way.”
He also realizes that he has a lot of work to do to become the kind of fullback that he wants to be.
“As far as fullback goes, I really only have one year of experience at fullback. So I feel like I can improve a lot from where I’m at right now,” he said.
“All I can do is my best and come out here and work as hard as I can and whatever they have in mind, that’s what I have to go with.”