- Posted: 5:40 PM, June 13, 2012
Of course not. It’s only the middle of June, for crying out loud and the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback has as much job security as any player in the NFL. Manning, though, won’t be posting the tape of Wednesday’s mini-camp practice on his resume any time soon.
Manning could have been intercepted three times during the session if not for some slippery hands by Giants defensive backs. In a 7 on 7 drill, Manning looked for Victor Cruz over the middle but rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley jumped the route, raced in front of Cruz, got both hands on Manning’s pass but failed to hold onto it.
“Let’s go rookie, you owe us one,’’ shouted safeties coach David Merritt.
A moment later, Manning looked deep for Jerrel Jernigan but safety Stevie Brown ran under the underthrown pass and dropped what should have been a routine interception. As Brown trotted back to the huddle, Merritt shouted “That’s the MVP quarterback and you should have taken that to the house!’’
In a red zone drill late in practice, Manning thought he had Domenik Hixon open over the middle but safety Antrel Rolle dropped into the path of the ball and deflected it away. Earlier, the defensive backs finally cashed in when cornerback Justin Tryon picked off David Carr.
Other practice notes:
Osi Umenyiora got on the field after sitting out Tuesday with soreness. Umenyiora lined up with the second-team defensive line. … WR Ramses Barden made two sliding catches in the two-minute drill directed by Carr. … Rookie RB David Wilson showed that his speed is for real, taking one pitchout, planting his foot in the ground and speeding through the defense. … TE Bear Pascoe got behind LB Jacquian Williams to haul in a deep pass. … Rookie free agent safety Will Hill has been impressive. On one play he would have nailed RB Da’Rel Scott behind the line on a rushing attempt. ... Sitting out were LB Clint Sintim (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee), DT Shaun Rogers (elbow), S Tyler Sash (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (hamstring), DT Chris Canty (knee) and DT Markus Kuhn (work visa).