Late-season collapse has Coughlin ready for camp

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Coughlin said that Phillips probably would sit out the first week of training camp, while Umenyiora (hip) and Bulluck (knee) would only practice once a day to start.

Bulluck is coming off major surgery on his left knee and needs to improve his conditioning, strength and to add some weight.

“He is a veteran player who is very smart, a no-nonsense guy who is a physical player,” Coughlin said. “He fits a nice piece of the puzzle for our team.”

Defensively, Coughlin hopes that Fewell can restore the aggressiveness that the unit exhibited in 2007 and ‘08. He also wants some of his veterans to take bigger leadership roles with the departure of Pierce.

While there have been rumors that the team is trying to find second-year pro Will Beatty a job on the offensive line, Coughlin said that David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie will come to camp as the No. 1 unit.

However, the coach wants to see the line produce more on the ground, while noting the defense has to be much better against the run.

“This is how we play and we need to play the game the way we are designed to play,” he said.

Coughlin said that third-round draft pick Chad Jones, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident in late June in New Orleans and needs more surgery, will miss the season.

“It’s really hurts not to have Chad,” Coughlin said. “The important thing is that he regain his total health. He’s not going to be far from our thoughts in training camp.”

The Giants waived Jones on Thursday. If he clears waivers, the Giants will place him on the reserve-non-football injury.

New York also was awarded defensive end Alex Hall on waivers from Philadelphia.

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