Ben McAdoo gathered his team for about three minutes after Thursday’s final mini-camp practice, giving the players a pointed message before sending them on their way for a six-week hiatus.
This is always a tough time for NFL head coaches, with their team out of sight but never out of mind. The Giants do not reconvene until they have to report for training camp July 27.
“We talked about being a pro,’’ McAdoo said. “We have a lot of integrity in the locker room. We talked about it. We have to trust each other. It’s about being a pro and how we handle our business mentally, physically and spiritually.’’
Asked about the next six weeks, McAdoo said “It goes by pretty quick. You just don’t want any phone calls late at night, that’s all. I trust the players in the locker room. I trust the staff. We’re going to put ourselves in good situations. We understand that ‘NYG’ never comes off. It’s always with us, always a part of us. The name on the back of the jersey, the letters on the front, they always stick with us.’’
Indeed, this is a time when there is not much news coming out of the NFL and the news that is generated is often bad. Jason Pierre-Paul said the completed organized team activity practices and three-day mini-camp set a solid foundation for the 2017 Giants, and it is important for no cracks to surface in that foundation.
“You got to continue that on, continue that off the field, what you do behind closed doors shows on the field,’’ Pierre-Paul said. “So if you’re out partying and all that, when you come here, you’re gonna be out of shape. If you choose to go about it the right way, it shows.’’
Pierre-Paul knows all about the dangers lurking during summer down time. It was July 4, 2015, when he caused permanent damage to his right hand in a fireworks accident outside his home in Florida.
“Trust me, I’m living proof of it,’’ Pierre-Paul said. “Two years ago … I probably wouldn’t even be here today. I understand the distractions of it.’’
This July 4, Pierre-Paul said he will be out of the country. Last year, he was in Sweden. This year?
“I’m not telling you,’’ he said playfully.