Wednesday, August 15, 2007

As Smith Takes Flight, Giants Take Notice - NY Times
A scene from Tuesday’s morning practice illustrated why the Giants are excited about Steve Smith.

Smith broke toward the corner of the end zone, closely shadowed by a defender. Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck threw the ball anyway, because even when Smith is covered, he finds a way to make catches. As the ball spiraled toward him, Smith adjusted his body, leaped high in the air and made an acrobatic catch that drew hoots of approval from his teammates.

The Giants believe that Smith, a second-round pick from the University of Southern California, can be a reliable complement to Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, and Coach Tom Coughlin, who does not habitually heap praise on rookies, makes an exception with Smith...

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