Monday, February 6, 2012

New York Giants "Couldn't be in better shape"

Tom Coughlin beamed with satisfaction at the end of a second straight day of practice and said his New York Giants players could not be in better shape to face New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) came through what the franchise described as a limited 88-minute session on the University of Indianapolis' FieldTurf indoor practice field.

Perhaps most encouraging for Coughlin was confirmation that cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) and special-teamer/linebacker Jacquian Williams (foot), who were all restricted on Wednesday, came through the latest itinerary. All of these updates will prove of interest to those engaging in NFL bets.

In the final two first-unit offensive possessions of the day, quarterback Eli Manning also completed 10 of 11 throws and looked sharp; an good sign for those partaking in football betting.

The 31-year-old, now in his eighth season and winner of the MVP award in 2008 when New York recorded a shock Super Bowl XLII victory over the previously-unbeaten Patriots, completed 4,933 yards during the regular season.

New York head coach Coughlin said: "We did fine. The energy level, the enthusiasm, the excitement is all there, as it should be, as it was yesterday."

He added: "They're really excited to practice for the game. I think they've done very well. This was a good day of preparation."

Coughlin also revealed the Giants would not be switching hotels to avoid the Super Bowl XLVI frenzy on the eve of the showpiece in Indianapolis.

New York, who were located away from downtown Phoenix four years ago, are only a short walk from Lucas Oil Stadium and Coughlin revealed the franchise had no desire to switch venues.

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