NY Giants mourn loss of former head coach Jim Fassel as minicamp begins
The New York Giants are mourning the death of former head coach Jim Fassel.
Fassel led the team from 1997 until 2003, taking the Giants to three playoffs and a Super Bowl appearance. News of his death came on the same day players reported for a mandatory minicamp.
Current head coach Joe Judge started the camp saying that it is an honor to hold the same position that Fassel once did.
“It’s a small league from inside this building where his impact was directly felt, carries over into the history of our organization. A coach around the league that worked together and had a lot of good relationships,” Judge said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the impact he made here for the Giants – something we talk about as a team and we’ll make sure we reflect on today.”
Judge says that minicamp should give the team a jumpstart that will carry into the five-week break ahead of training camp.
“They have got a feel for what they have to work on in that absence and also a feel for their conditioning and overall shape and strength they have to work on right now throughout the summer,” Judge said.
While veterans are used to the practice routine, newcomers are learning how the team operates - including Kenny Golladay. The wide receiver says that he is already building chemistry with quarterback Daniel Jones.
“I didn’t really come into this with any expectations, to be honest. But as of right now, that’s my boy. I can’t wait to just really work with him deeper in training camp and especially when the season starts,” Golladay says.
Jones says that he is not focusing on whether this is a make-or-break season. He is just doing what he can to utilize his new offensive weapons – especially Golladay.
“He’s been fun to work with. Obviously his talent and his skill level, you can tell as soon as you get on the field with him he’s a good player – a smart player and I’m excited to work with him,” says Jones.
Giants mandatory minicamp runs through Thursday.