• Arthur Staple is concerned about Shockey’s concussion.  He is right to point out that concussions are serious and that the damage is cumulative.  This was Shockey’s first ever, and while it probably won’t be a big deal, it’s something to keep your eye on.
  • Shockey himself was a little shaken up, writes Vinny DiTrani.  FYI, everyone is in agreement that there was nothing dirty about Demps’ hit, including Shockey – it actually wasn’t the hit that caused the concussion, but the weird angle at which Shockey’s head hit the ground.
  • Mike Garafalo tells us that Plax’s ankle is no big deal.  Also, James Butler was cleared to return to practice.  Although he might not be at full strength for a while because of his kidney ailment, it’s a relief that it’s not something more serious. 
  • John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has a really good piece on Brandon Jacobs.  He’s working hard on improving his fundamentals as a runner, and has made a study of Eddie George, a fellow tall running back.  I like Jacobs a lot, but not as a short yardage guy.  I think he should spell Tiki whenever possible, and basically take all of Derrick Ward’s carries.  But as a short yardage runner, he lacks the leverage and is actually very bad, while Tiki, despite being small, is able to locate creases and squeeze himself through them.  I don’t know what’s more frustrating: the assumption that Jacobs is a good short-yardage guy because he’s big, or that Tiki is a bad short-yardage guy because he’s small.
  • Bob Whitfield is truly old school, blogs Vinny DiTrani.
  • John Branch on Jared Lorenzen, the Hefty Lefty, who has been flaky in his brief career as a Giant.  In 2004, after signing a free agent contract after setting all kinds of passing records at Kentucky, he didn’t show up for training camp.  “Just some other stuff that was floating around, and I thought it was going to be something big, and it ended up being nothing at all, and I look like a jerk, basically,” Lorenzen explains.  And this past summer, he defied management’s wishes by opting not to play in NFL Europe.  But Ernie Accorsi and the Giants will keep on giving him chances: “He’s got some upside.  And quarterbacks, you don’t throw them away.”  I trust Accorsi when it comes to quarterbacks — here’s hoping the Hefty Lefty is here for a long time.
  • Mike Garafolo has a piece on the Hefty Lefty as well.  He also points out that Eric Moore, the defensive end from Floriday State who we drafted in the sixth round last year, is having a good camp.  But Sam Madison “has looked shaky all camp.”
  • Fortunately, Corey Webster has stepped up, writes Garafolo, who makes the point that Webster was somewhat tentative last year, focussing too much on technique and not allowing his instincts to take over.  That was the explanation that Webster himself gave for the jump-ball touchdown that he allowed to Joe Jurevicius.  Interesting article, and Webster’s progress is exciting.
  • All the writers have been talking about this Michael Jennings character.  He sounds like the Willie Mays Hayes of the 2006 Giants.
  • And finally, the Redskins have a problem with infections.